DETAILS: Proposed plan for the new Catholic secondary school at Plainland. Construction is expected to begin early next year.
DETAILS: Proposed plan for the new Catholic secondary school at Plainland. Construction is expected to begin early next year.

REVEALED: Name for new Plainland College announced

NEW details about the Catholic secondary college in Plainland have been released, with construction expected to begin early next year.

Brisbane Catholic Education has revealed the name of the new co-educational College, to open in 2021, as Sophia College.

All final approvals have now been received for Sophia College, which will open with three classes of Year 7 students before growing by one year level until its first cohort of Year 12 students graduates in 2026.

Brisbane Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts said the name was decided in conjunction with locals.

“The name was derived from working with the local community, who told us that the college should espouse wisdom,” Ms Betts said.

“Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom, which the New Testament applies to Jesus, the Son of God.”

Proposed plan for the new catholic secondary school at Plainland.
Proposed plan for the new catholic secondary school at Plainland.

Church tradition also associates Our Lady with wisdom in titles like Seat of Wisdom.

“The identification and location of new schools and colleges is firmly embedded in our strategic plan and Plainland has been on our program for some time now, so having the name confirmed is a major milestone for the school and the local community,” she said.

Ms Betts said expressions of interest to attend Sophia College had been strong and families who had registered for the opening year of the college would be contacted shortly and invited to formally enrol.

The school will be a masterplanned, 19-hectare learning community at the corner of Otto and Gehrke Roads.

Sophia College will offer academic and vocational pathways that meet the wishes of the local community in a region known as the “Salad Bowl” of Queensland. Plans include an eco-sciences precinct that will provide students a learning environment and resources catering for rural technologies, sciences and industries.

Sophia College will provide an evidence-based, broad curriculum that supports all students and enhances inclusive practice in classrooms and whole school communities.

While Sophia College will be a Catholic secondary college, students do not need to be Catholic to attend.

The school will welcome students from all backgrounds and will promote the values of faith, kindness, honesty and compassion.

A Community Consultative Group has been established to guide further development of the college.

The group will provide valuable local advice to the foundation principal.

It is anticipated the principal will commence around Easter 2020, with construction to commence at this same time.