Burdekin Catholic High School

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Burdekin Catholic High School
Gibson St
Ayr, Queensland, 4807, Australia
Coordinates 19°34′37.58″S 147°24′32.24″E / 19.5771056°S 147.4089556°E / -19.5771056; 147.4089556Coordinates: 19°34′37.58″S 147°24′32.24″E / 19.5771056°S 147.4089556°E / -19.5771056; 147.4089556
Type Private, Co-ed, Secondary
Motto One in Christ
Established 1953
Principal Tom Kruger
Deputy principal Elisa Rigano
Staff 51
Grades 8-12
Enrolment 403 (2013)
Houses Marcellin, Clarence and Polding
Colour(s) Maroon, White, Blue
Song Sub Tuum

Burdekin Catholic High School (commonly referred to as BCH or by its official acronym BCHS) is a private, co-educational Catholic secondary school in the town of Ayr, Queensland, Australia. The school is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Townsville. It is one of two high schools in the town, the other being Ayr State High School.[1]


The school was established in 1974 as a result of the amalgamation of Edmund Campion College, founded by the Marist Brothers in 1953, and St Francis Xavier Convent High School, founded by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1945.

In 2010, the school experienced a controversial period where a female English teacher had sexual relations with a female netball student.[2]

Student population[edit]

The school has a population of 403 students, almost as many students as its state counterpart, which has 480 students. The school has a reputation locally as being a progressive Christian school, with accepting views of homosexual students, students born out of wedlock and students from all other faiths.


There are two multi-story buildings and an auditorium that used to function as a church. The school curriculum is the same as all other Queensland schools with the addition of religious teaching covering Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other religions;


The current principal is Tom Kruger who is supported by two deputy principals, the outgoing Chris Relf and Elisa Rigano.