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Townsville Catholic Education

Townsville Catholic Education (TCE) is a service organisation supporting 29 Catholic schools with the addition of a new school in 2025 and employing more than 2,400 staff throughout the Diocese.

Our mission is to provide services to our Catholic school communities which support them in achieving quality outcomes for students and in promoting the ongoing development of Catholic Education.

Our network of schools is made up of:

  • Primary schools: 18
  • Secondary colleges: 5
  • Boarding colleges: 2
  • Prep to Year 12 colleges: 4
  • Prep to Year 9 school: 1

Townsville Catholic Education (TCE) operates under the direction of Bishop Tim Harris, Bishop of the Diocese of Townsville and under the organisational leadership of the Executive Director, Jacqui Francis.

Executive Director's Welcome

Catholic Education has been an integral part of the education landscape for more than 150 years in the Townsville Diocese with our first schools established in Townsville and Bowen in 1973. I am very proud of Townsville Catholic Education’s achievements which rest on the shoulders of many clergy, religious orders, professional educators, families and community members who have continued to lay firm foundations since the humble beginnings.

The mission of our catholic schools provides for excellence for every child whose holistic education is entrusted to our care. Our schools are always striving to improve and students are placed at the centre of these efforts which are grounded in Catholic virtues and beliefs. Our students will experience success according to their unique characteristics and talents and are formed to become “people who live with gratitude for the past, enthusiasm for the present and hope for the future.” - Pope John Paul

To achieve our mission, our system of Catholic schools proudly educates students within modern and contemporary facilities. These facilities are welcoming, inclusive and exciting places of learning, discovery and innovation. Our Catholic schools participate in the evangelising mission of the church and do so with a culturally diverse student population in active partnership with families and parishes. 

Our schools are unique in their spirit and united in the expression of Catholic virtues transforming each child personally, socially, intellectually, culturally and spiritually. Being part of school communities offers a unique and transformational experience for all who choose to walk their educational journey with us.

We welcome you to connect to the growing community that is Catholic Education.

Jacqui Francis
Executive Director
Townsville Catholic Education