Our History

magCanossa Kindergarten is run by the Canossian Daughters of Charity, an international religious congregation founded more than 200 years ago.  The Canossian Sisters, through their specific charism, dedicate themselves to making Jesus known and loved. In imitation of the Foundress, St Magdalene of Canossa, all involved at Canossa Kindergarten work for the integral promotion and formation of the child, with preference for those who are most in need.

Canossa Kindergarten was opened in 1967 at Coorparoo, on the south side of Brisbane. The Canossian sisters were invited to take over the premises which was originally run by lay people. For the past 50 years, the kindergarten has grown in opportunities to reach out to an ever increasing number of children and families from all walks of life. The Sisters continue to focus on providing a sound foundation for the children before their entry to Primary School. During these crucial formative years, the collaboration between sisters, lay staff and families remains paramount in ensuring that the best care can be provided for all those who enter Canossa Kindergarten for their first experience of learning.   The philosophy of education is drawn from the Gospel values and rooted in St. Magdalen’s vision, that through education, human and Christian values can be discovered, accepted and lived. There is a deep value and respect for each child, recognising differences in capabilities and embracing diversity as a gift.13