Our History

Riverside Christian College began with less than 40 students in Maryborough, and now has students locally, throughout Queensland, interstate and overseas.

Riverside started in 1983 at the Maryborough Christian Outreach Centre as Maryborough Christian Academy. Under the leadership of Pastor David Blair and Principal Brendan Kelly, the Christian Outreach Centre ran the school from 1983 to 1992. Distance Education was begun as an experiment in 1991, and by May 2002 had an enrolment of 650 students.

From 1993 to 1996, the Australian Education Foundation governed the school. The Maryborough Christian Education Foundation was formed in 1996 and purchased the land in Royle Street for the future development of the school. Following the erection of the first buildings in 1998, Maryborough Christian Academy occupied their own land for the first time.

In 2002, the Board took a bold decision to change the profile and presentation of the school the logo was redesigned and the name changed to Riverside Christian College. For Day School, the uniform was redesigned and the curriculum was changed to follow the Queensland Studies Authority curriculum.

The College has experienced a period of rapid growth, and in 2004 Middle School was started for Year 8. In 2005, Middle School expanded to include Years 7-9 in line with contemporary research in education. In 2006 Senior School was introduced with Year 10 and developed in line with the Queensland Governments reforms in education.

Distance Education families are provided with an ever expanding range of services.

Riverside now offers world’s best practice in learning and teaching and a state-of-the-art technology platform for all students, teachers and parents to access. This has ushered in a new era of learning at Riverside.