Southern Cross Catholic College
|Southern Cross Catholic College|
|Motto||Seek the light|
|Type||Private, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Location||Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
|Former names||De La Salle College|
|Colours||Blue, red, green and white|
Southern Cross Catholic College (SCCC), opened 30 January 1995, is a co-educational school based in Redcliffe in Queensland, Australia. The college was formed out of the amalgamation of several schools on the Redcliffe Peninsula; in particular: De La Salle College - both the Junior and Secondary College (located on Scarborough Road), Frawley College (located on Scarborough Road), Soubirous College, St Bernadette's of Scarborough, Our Lady Help of Christians (of Redcliffe) and Our Lady of Lourdes (Woody Point). The De La Salle Campus (years 7 to 12), is located in Scarborough, and three primary schools (prep to year 6) are located in Scarborough, Woody Point and Kippa-Ring. The previous Headmasters were Mr Paul Woodcock and Mrs Robyn Killoran, the current principal is Mr Greg Myers. The school is built on the old De La Salle College.
The school has four founders, Monsignor Frawley, John Baptist de La Salle, Daniel Delany, and Mary MacKillop. The four founders correspond to the four sports houses, Frawley (green dragons), La Salle (red lions), Delany (blue dolphins), and MacKillop (currently known as the white polar bears but previously known as the MacKillop Warriors).
Southern Cross Catholic College consists of four schools throughout the Redcliffe peninsula: primary campuses in Scarborough, Woody Point, and Kippa-Ring, and a secondary campus in Scarborough, De La Salle campus.
The school has four sporting and cultural house groups in which the students are divided into. They are as follows:
|Named after||Daniel Delany||Monsignor Frawley||John Baptist De la Salle||Mary MacKillop|
|Mascot||Dolphins (previously the Smurfs)||Dragons||Lions||Polar Bears (previously the Warriors)|
The school has four founders: Monsignor Frawley, John Baptist de La Salle, Daniel Delany, and Mary MacKillop. The four founders correspond to the four sports houses: Frawley (green dragons), La Salle (red lions), Delany (currently the blue dolphins but previously known as the Delany Smurfs), and MacKillop (currently known as the white polar bears but previously known as the MacKillop Warriors ).
Threat of Split
During the school year in 1999, concern had spread amongst the college community that the school was to be split up on the basis that the school could prove more economical to run in a different fashion. This caused some concern and angst amongst the school community given the fairly recent amalgamation of several schools on the Peninsula. Indeed, only four years had passed since the school had come into being. Some had concerns that the college was to be split back into the initial schools which had been amalgamated to form the college; whilst others saw that a split between the High School and Primary School as more likely. The entire episode escalated to a stage that it engulfed the local Parish Priest at the time, Father John McKeon, who was seen as the protagonist in the threat to have the college de-amalgamated. However, as is common practice within the Catholic Church hierarchy, such a decision was never within the remit of the Parish Priest and any decision to split the college would thus have emanated from much a much higher authority within the Brisbane Catholic Archodiocese.
As it transpired, several students, teachers and parents supported the college in its current form and opposed any moves to destabilise the college and to consider de-amalgamation for purely financial objectives. With active support from the college principal at the time, Mr Paul Woodcock, it was decided by authorities that the college would remain in its amalgamated form.
Since the amalgamation in 1995, several developments have taken place in the college history as to the development of land and buildings that previously was occupied by the college. The former site of Soubirous College and St Bernadette's of Scarborough (including the chapel) have since been developed into residential housing.
The lower ovals on the De La Salle Campus have been seen the small, but beneficial, expansion of the Ballycara Nursing Home (which is an aged care facility that borders on the land with the old De La Salle Campus).
The site previously occupied by Frawley College was incorporated as part of the College in 1995 and became campus for the Senior Secondary students of Southern Cross Catholic College until it was developed in 2006 as the Australian Trade College North Brisbane.
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