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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 »

Construction underway for Toowoomba schools administration building

New building plans

THE quiet, timeworn halls of the former Toowoomba South State School were humming with activity once again as work began on a central administration building for Toowoomba Catholic Schools. Toowoomba diocese bought the heritage-listed site in 2015. The diocese named the site’s central location and proximity to existing church buildings, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Parish centre, as key reasons for ... Read More »

St Rita’s rising water polo stars seize gold in New Zealand

Water polo team

SIX students from St Rita’s College, Clayfield are swimming with pride after they represented their school and their state admirably, seizing a string of victories in the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo festival in Auckland, New Zealand. Lily Carrick, Olivia Camilleri, Amelia Watt, Horatia Schlect, Murphi Merrick and Lorena Turco represented Queensland in the Under 14 and under 18 teams, ... Read More »

New Cairns school MacKillop Catholic College a one-stop birth to Year 12 solution

MacKillop College in Cairns

PLANS are going ahead as MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter, sets itself up to be the birth-to-Year 12 solution for families in the Cairns southern growth corridor by 2025. Catholic Early Learning and Care, Mount Peter, has plans for mid-year construction in readiness for an early 2019 opening. Year 7 will open in 2020 with Year 12 being available by ... Read More »

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