About Us

Burdekin Catholic High School exists for its students and we aim to assist them to discover their intellectual, spiritual and social gifts and to provide them with quality services to develop those gifts.

Burdekin Catholic High School is a Catholic secondary co-educational school catering for students in Years 7 to 12. The school is a member of the Marist Brothers’ network and operates within the system of Catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese.

Within the Burdekin district strong links exist with St Francis School, Ayr and St Colman's School, Home Hill enabling a total experience of Catholic education for the student.

The first school on our present site was called Blessed Edmund Campion College.  This was a school founded by the Marist Brothers in 1953, catering originally for boys only in primary classes and secondary classes to Year 10 level.

In 1974, rationalization of Catholic schooling in the Burdekin resulted in the school becoming a secondary only, co-educational school catering for students from Year 8 to Year 12.  This resulted in a name change to Burdekin Catholic High School.  The school continued to be managed by the Marist Brothers until 2000.  It is presently operated by the Townsville Catholic Education Office with lay administration.

Burdekin Catholic High School continued on the same site as Edmund Campion College, so 1953 is still counted as the starting date.

The school provides quality education with a broad curriculum base within a caring Christian environment. Opportunities exist for those students seeking an academic education along with those seeking a more vocational direction. Pastoral care is seen as a primary goal and is nurtured in the atmosphere created by staff, parents and fellow students. This is further enhanced by the maintenance of the school's integral position within the Sacred Heart Parish.

We at Burdekin Catholic High School recognise that each student's contribution to school life is unique and that to attain the aims and ideals of the school for each student, there must be a close working harmony between the home, the community, the Church and the school.

While we no longer have a Marist presence in the school, we are still part of the Association of Marist Schools Network.  Marist personnel regularly visit the school and our students meet with students from other Marist schools, maintaining a Marist identity.  The core spiritual values of Marist education are treasured by all at BCHS.  These are:  Family Spirit, Love of Work, Love of Mary, Simplicity and Presence.


An inter-house competition is a feature of life at Burdekin Catholic High School.  The three houses are named after significant figures in the school history.

  • Clarence House is named after Br Clarence Cunningham – the founding Principal.
  • Marcellin House is named after St Marcellin Champagnat – the founder of the Marist Brothers.
  • Polding House is named after Bishop Polding – the first Catholic Bishop of Australia and the founder of the Good Samaritan Order


45 Gibson Street,
Ayr Qld 4807

P (07) 4783 2366
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