Site of new school blessed at Redbank Plains

St Ann's School, Redbank Plains

BCE Deputy Executive Director Dr Doug Ashleigh, St Ann's Foundation Principal Sonny Smith and Bishop Ken Howell at the blessing of the soil

THE site of south-east Queensland’s newest Catholic school has been blessed by Bishop Ken Howell in front of excited students, family and staff. 

St Ann’s School at Redbank Plains will open in January on a 3.2-hectare site on Halletts Road.  

It will cater for 780 students from Prep to Year 6 when it reaches its full enrolment. 

Aboriginal Elder Louisa Bonner welcomed around 100 guests to the blessing, before a Smoking Ceremony cleansed the land. 

Bishop Ken Howell blessed the earth on which the school is currently being constructed, noting that it was now “holy ground” on which the important business of educating young people would soon commence. 

Principal Sonny Smith said it was wonderful to see around 12 of the school’s foundation students and their parents attend the ceremony, as excitement builds ahead of the opening. 

The students posed for an historic photograph with some of their 2020 teachers and with Bishop Ken. 

St Ann’s School will open with Prep to Year 3 next year and will then add one year level per year until it reaches Year 6. 

A small number of places remains available for 2020, and applications are also being accepted for 2021.  

Applications may be lodged online at 

Enrolment interviews are being conducted at the school’s pre-opening office, located in Town Square Redbank Plains. 

Bishop Ken Howell blesses soil from the site where St Ann's is being built

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