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Dads don’t know their importance in communicating with their daughters

By Madonna King HOW often does a father sit down and really talk to his teen daughter, one-on-one? I asked 400 fathers that question recently, as part of my research for a book Fathers and Daughters, and the answers should make us all stop and think. “This month while on holidays.’’ “Good question. It’s been a while now. Thinking about ... Read More »

Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

Ryan Baines

YOUNG Roma religious education teacher Ryan Baines delivered an inspiring talk at the University of Southern Queensland recently with the simple message, “Do what gives you life”. That was a theme in his hour-long tale on second chances, faith and discovering new horizons. He was delivering the annual Concannon Oration, organised by Concannon College. About 200 people gathered to hear ... Read More »

Second stage of new Cairns school opened and blessed

Bishop Foley blesses Cairns school classroom

MACKILLOP Catholic College is celebrating the completion of the second stage of its development at Mount Peter, having tripled its enrolment since opening in 2016. College principal Luke Reed said the people of Queensland through the State Government had provided extensive funds for the first stages of the college. “We thank our fellow Queenslanders for their partnership and confidence in ... Read More »

Bishop Harris blesses classrooms at St Anthony’s

Bishop Tim Harris talks to students in a classroom

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris joined the Preps and Year 1s of St Anthony’s Catholic College, Deeragun, to bless their new early-learning centre. Parish priest Fr Giles Setter, Townsville Catholic Education executive director Jacqui Francis, director of leadership and school development Ross Horner and State Member for Townsville Scott Stewart were among guests attending. The new facilities, known as the Primi ... Read More »

St Eugene students refuse to ignore increasing numbers of homeless

St Eugene's College, Burpengary, students sleep out for homeless

IT might be hard to imagine in a wealthy nation like Australia but the number of homeless has reached 116,427. It has increased 14 per cent since 2011. But students at St Eugene College, Burpengary, refused to let the problem go unanswered. St Eugene College hosted its annual Vinnies Sleepout with more than 60 students from Years 7-12 participating in ... Read More »

Wait almost over for new Catholic college on the Sunshine Coast

Turning the sod at the site of Good Samaritan Catholic College

MARKOS Hondrouakis cannot wait to start at the Sunshine Coast’s newest school. Every weekend he drags his family to the site of Good Samaritan Catholic College at Bli Bli to see how construction is progressing. So, there was no way the Year 6 state school student was going to miss the official blessing of the soil by North Coast dean ... Read More »

Road to Emmaus paved with yellow bricks

Wizard of Oz

DOROTHY and Toto were a long way from Kansas for the sold-out production of The Wizard of Oz at Emmaus College, Rockhampton. More than 100 Emmaus students were involved in the cast, crew, orchestra and costumes in a 14-week preparation for the production on July 27-29 at the Pilbeam Theatre. But one role was decidedly recruited from outside the school ... Read More »

Students impressed with NAIDOC celebrations at Upper Coomera

NAIDOC celebrations

ABORIGINAL performer Sean Choolburra weaved a blend of traditional dance, didgeridoo, story, knowledge and humour to help Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera, celebrate NAIDOC Week. With a background as a dancer in the Bangarra Dance Company the renowned stand-up comic and cultural ambassador rewarded students with a professional and inspiring cultural experience. For the Year 7-12 students Mr Choolburra’s performance was ... Read More »

Queensland schools kick off a joyful week celebrating Catholic education

Brisbane students celebrate Catholic Education Week with song

CATHOLIC school students from 304 schools across Queensland heeded Pope Francis’ message to young people at the 2016 World Youth Day during this year’s Catholic Education Week celebrations. Drawing from the words of Pope Francis in Krakow two years ago, where he told millions of young people to stop being couch potatoes and live a life of mission, Catholic Education ... Read More »

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