St Andrew’s Catholic College was established in 2001 as a Pre-School to Year 4 College with an enrolment of 89 students. It is situated in the Parish of the Northern Beaches of Cairns. The founding Principal of the College, Mrs Lauretta Graham, worked tirelessly to establish not only a world class learning facility but a venue in which the whole community could share.
By 2012 enrolments had reached 1650, catering for students from Prep to Year 12. As one of the newest educational institutes in Cairns, St Andrew's enjoys new and modern facilities.
In 2009, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cairns, the Cairns Regional Council and the Queensland State Government developed the Redlynch Community Sports Facility in the grounds of St Andrew's. The aim was to provide sporting facilities for the local schools and community. During school hours this facility is used by all schools within the area for various sporting events and the facility is available for district sporting teams outside school hours.
In 2010 All Saints' Chapel was constructed within the College grounds. This had been a vision of Mrs Graham’s for many years. The Chapel has been nominated for a number of architectural awards.
In 2012 a new era for St Andrew's began with the appointment of a new Principal Mr Lee MacMaster.
The buildings have been designed to enhance the natural environment of the campus. They have been grouped on the design plans to provide for the needs of Junior Years (Prep to Year 5), Middle Years (Year 6 to Year 9) and Senior Years (Year 10 to Year 12).
Geographically, St Andrew's Catholic College is situated in Redlynch Valley and is part of the Northern Beaches Parish of Holy Cross. In partnership with the Parish, the College hosts Sunday Mass and a number of liturgical gatherings of students, families and members of the wider community in All Saints' Chapel, situated within the heart of the College grounds.
An overwhelming strength of St Andrew's Catholic College is the experienced staff who are caring, dedicated and committed to providing a quality education for all students. Overall program structures and philosophies are monitored by a highly skilled and experienced senior staff, whilst enthusiastic and committed teachers work to meet the individual needs of students, supporting each student so as to encourage them to develop a ‘love of learning'.