Good Counsel College was formed in 1975 as a result of the merger of the girls' school (Sacred Heart) conducted by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the boys' school conducted by the Marist Brothers.
It is a parish school maintained by the parish of Innisfail and South Johnstone / Mourilyan, however it acts as a regional school for students as far south as Tully and Mission Beach, in the west to Millaa Millaa and in the north to Babinda. The Catholic Education Office for the Diocese of Cairns also provides supervision of and support for the College
Initially the College was established as a Year 8 to Year 10 School, however under the guidance of Mr Peter Albion (the first lay principal) the school expanded to cater for the full academic education of students up to Year 12. Over recent years the College has flourished, and enrolments have almost trebled . The resultant expansion of facilities, resources and the extension to the curriculum now sees Good Counsel College as a thriving country high school with an enrolment well in excess of 550 students.
The name 'Good Counsel' refers to the good advice that Mary, the mother of Jesus, gave to the servants at the wedding feast of Cana, when Jesus turned the pitchers of water into wine at the request of his mother. The 'good counsel' which she gave the servants was to do whatever he (Jesus) tells you to do. This remains fine advice for all members of our school community. We need to be open to the word of Christ and respond accordingly.
'One Spirit in Christ' the College motto appears to be a natural outflowing of our response to our seeking 'good counsel'.
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