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Downlands College, Toowoomba QLD

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Downlands College, Toowoomba
72 Ruthven Street
07 4690 9500
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Fortes in Fide (Strong in Faith)

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Mr Stephen Koch
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
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  • Integrated Boarding Campus
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Years 4-12
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560 day and 200 residential
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Are you looking for something more for your children and their schooling?

Downlands College is an independent, Catholic, coeducational, day and boarding school with a long tradition of heart-centred and values-based education. Owned and conducted by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) with the assistance of a deeply committed group of teachers and support staff, Downlands has a long history of academic, sporting and cultural achievement and is the school of choice for many families.
At Downlands, you are part of a family built on strong traditions. Strong values and Senior role models encourage students to make wise choices. We want students to do well at school and also in life, by being good people - strong in mind, spirit and faith.
Our heart-centred approach promotes academic excellence, encouraging students to integrate faith with life and to develop a love of learning. As school should be a place to learn about the life, our coeducational College reflects the world in which we live. A Downlands education prepares students for the world beyond the classroom, academically, socially and morally.
Visit our beautiful campus to understand what makes Downlands the school of choice.
Click here to find out more about enrolling at Downlands.


At Downlands, you are part of a family built on strong traditions. Strong values and Senior role models encourage students to make wise choices. We want our students to do well at school, and also in life, by being good people - strong in mind, spirit and faith.
With a history reaching back to the mid 19th century in France, the MSC Ethos at Downlands distinctively focuses on the “Spirituality of the Heart” which offers a listening and compassionate heart through relationships in the community rather than fixed answers and dogmatic solutions.


 Our Pastoral Care program is based on the teachings of Jules Chevalier, and every member of staff is considered part of the Pastoral Care team. Using clear, direct and open communication, staff model and teach the skills needed to be part of a vibrant community.

We are guided by MSC Constitution #32: Ours is a spirit of family and true friendship formed by kindness and understanding, by compassion and mutual forgiveness, by gentleness, humility and simplicity, by the hospitality and a sense of humour.

Downlands students are involved in fundraising and serving the community through the Jules Social Justice Group and by volunteering at Rosies, the Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Service and providing breakfast at a local state primary school. Monthly liturgical celebrations are celebrated at the College. Boarders attend a weekly Sunday mass and early morning mass on a Friday is offered to staff and students.

Every day is Open Day at Downlands College!  If you would like to come and have a look at the facilities and opportunities we offer, please call us on 07 4690 9500 to arrange a convenient time...we look forward to seeing you at Downlands.

Downlands College is a Catholic coeducational day and boarding school for students from Years 8 to 12. Owned and conducted by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Downlands was opened in 1931 as a boarding school for boys with a total enrolment of 68.  Today it accommodates over 400 day and 260 residential students from all parts of Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and beyond.

Downlands motto is Fortes in Fide - Strong in Faith. Our faith is based on a belief in and a commitment to a loving God. We value truth, learning and respect for the individual as essential features of the education process.

Situated in a superb location in the regional city of Toowoomba at the centre of a prosperous rural community, Downlands provides students with access to a full range of facilities often found only in large cities, yet the College is in a peaceful setting of beautiful avenues, parks and gardens.

Boarding students at Downlands travel vast distances to attend our College - from Darwin in the Northern Territory through to Armidale in the south and the many towns and cities in between, from Brisbane to Kowanyama, Thargomindah and Longreach. Our many day students either live in our lovely city or travel in from Allora to the South, Crows Nest and beyond in the North, Rosewood in the East and West to near Dalby. Some of these students use casual boarding from time to time to reduce the amount of travel each day and to take advantage of supervised study at night.

Downlands College is Queensland's only Independent, Catholic Co-educational Boarding School with a capacity of 290 male and female boarding school students.

Traditionally the bulk of our students come from the isolated rural communities of Western Queensland and Northern New South Wales, with many others from South East Queensland, the Northern Territory and Overseas.

The Girls' Residential facilities are made up of two modern houses of 62 beds each. All rooms have a maximum of four girls, each with their own desk and wardrobe. There are three Boys' boarding houses similarly configured.

The family is our model for residential care. All of our boarding houses are staffed by full-time committed professional House Parents and House Assistants.

The two girls' dormitories each have students from years 8 to 12. One boys' dormitory specialises in the care of our Year 8 and 9 boys while the other two cater for the needs of our Year 10 to 12 boys. 
Casual Boarding
If you and your family are experiencing difficulty juggling all your commitments you may find casual boarding beneficial from time to time. At Downlands College we offer casual overnight boarding which includes overnight stay, meals, organised study routines, secure computer network access and opportunity to participate in various sporting and cultural pursuits.

Downlands College operates a free bus service for students within Toowoomba City, Blue Mountain Heights and Highfields. Families are encouraged to check the detailed bus route overviews and identify the stop closest to your residence.

Bus Routes  (Click on AM or PM to go to a google map of each bus route)

  • Route 1
    • AM - Harristown, South Toowoomba, Rangeville, Prince Henry Heights, Mt Lofty
    • PM - Mt Lofty, Prince Henry Hts, St Vincents, Picnic Pt, Middle Ridge, South Twb, Kearney Springs, Twb Base Hospital)
  • Route 2 
    • AM - Toowoomba (TAFE, South Toowoomba, Middle Ridge, Kearny Springs, Darling Heights, Drayton, Harristown)
    • PM - Toowoomba (Centenary Heights, South Toowoomba, Middle Ridge, TAFE)
  • Route 3 
    • AM - Toowoomba (Harristown, Kearney Springs, Newtown)
    • PM - Mt Lofty and Highfields
  • Route 4 
    • AM - Newtown, Glenvale, Wilsonton
    • PM - Newtown, Glenvale, Wilsonton
  • Route 5
    • AM - Highfields
    • PM - Highfields to Geham
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Downlands College extends a warm welcome to you and your family.
I am very proud and privileged to be the Principal of this exceptional school that has developed leaders, entrepreneurs and individuals who have made a difference in the world. Founded by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1931, Downlands College has a rich history, and it continues to be characterised by its strong Catholic ethos and MSC spirit which underpins all we do.
At Downlands we acknowledge and embrace the diverse heritage, cultures and backgrounds of our students, staff and broader school community. The development of strong, life-giving relationships forms the cornerstone of a Downlands education, and our unique MSC heritage ensures that the Downlands journey is intertwined with an ‘education of the heart’.
A focus on relationships allows our core values of love, courage, compassion, understanding and humility to be woven through all our interactions.
Widely recognised as a leading coeducational day and boarding school, Downlands College is known as the ‘school of choice’ and a school ‘where your heart finds a home’. At Downlands, there is a niche for every student. We journey with each student academically and pastorally to provide the best possible school and post-school pathway. Opportunities include a very broad curriculum offering (academic and Vocational Education and Training), sport, performing arts, agriculture, leadership, social justice projects and community service.
Our goal is to have happy students who perform to their personal best in all situations and who take responsibility for their learning and relationships. This includes student presentation, excellence in academic pursuits, co-curricular involvement, treating peers and community members with respect and kindness, and having a sense of humour.
We will continue to ensure the wider community recognises that a Downlands educational journey is one that will develop selfless leaders who are advocates for values-based communities. Our distinctive culture is informed and guided by our beliefs and commitment to community, personal growth, relationships, spirituality and individual learning journeys.
The historical character of our buildings, incorporated with modern facilities, our stunning gardens, expansive grounds and the smiling, friendly students and staff can provide you with an insight into a Downlands education. I invite you to come and experience the Downlands difference.
Mr Stephen Koch
B Rural Sc (Hons), GDip.Ed. GDip.RE

Downlands College, Toowoomba QLD


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