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Toowoomba school reaches out in support of police after officer was killed on duty

Support for police

ST Saviour’s Primary School reached out in support of colleagues of slain Toowoomba police officer Senior Constable Brett Forte. School principal Donna Muir, administration assistant Julie Robinson and school captains delivered two car loads of home-baked goods to Toowoomba Police Station recently to provide moral support after Snr Const Forte had been killed in the line of duty. Snr Const ... Read More »

Not your mainstream principal

Erica Prosser

WHEN she quit high school at 15, got married at 17 and became a mother at 18, Erica Prosser never envisaged she would one day be an award-winning principal. The Holy Spirit College principal was the only Queensland teacher to win an Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Award earlier this year. She received a Leadership and Development Award ... Read More »

Brigidine girls ‘can do science’

Brigidine girls science

THERE is no question that girls at Brigidine College, Indooroopilly, love science. More than 95 girls from Years 7 to 12 have put their hands up to become members of Brigidine’s Science Squad. “The girls meet regularly to plan how to promote science around the college,” science curriculum leader Debra Guthrie said. “They run lunchtime science events, assist at Open ... Read More »

Former Capuchin friar sent to jail for indecent assault of child

A FORMER Capuchin friar who sexually abused a young girl attending a Brisbane Catholic school on four separate occasions in 1974 has been jailed for four months. Anthony Colbourne, a former parish priest at the Guardian Angels Church, Wynnum, pleaded guilty on May 23 to indecently assaulting his eight-year-old victim in the presbytery and his office, on four separate occasions. ... Read More »

St Ursula’s College community bid a fond farewell for parish priest Fr Peter Tonti

Farewelling Fr Peter Tonti

CAPRICORN Coast parish priest Fr Peter Tonti was farewelled by the staff and students at St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, in May. Fr Tonti was presented with gifts by College Captains Rubyanna Cozzi, Natalie Cook, and Courtney Fisher, at a school assembly in the Ballygriffin Cultural Centre. An audio-visual presentation featured memories of the many Masses and special occasions Fr Tonti ... Read More »

Students at Casino Catholic school behind ‘mysterious’ rocket launch

Students launch rocket

ST Mary’s College, Casino, has revealed that the mysterious rocket identified in a recent local newspaper report was fired by its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) tudents. The students have been building and launching rockets in preparation for the 2017 Australian Rocketry Challenge. Project teacher in charge Matt Rolfe said St Mary’s was entering the Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge ... Read More »

Child victims top priority for Archdiocese of Brisbane

child protection

CHILDREN are among the victims of domestic and family violence but it’s not always best to speak with them directly about it, say experts who help to combat the scourge in south-east Queensland. Instead, wise and calming words with children can help to prevent aggressive behaviour being passed on to a new generation. Centacare’s expert practitioners said it was important ... Read More »

Health minister launches health hub at Crestmead Catholic school

Catholic school health hub

ST Francis College, Crestmead, has launched a new health hub that will give students interested in a career in healthcare the chance to gain medical training. In partnership with Brisbane Catholic Education, Queensland Education and Training Department and TAFE Queensland, the hub will provide onsite certificate courses in Cert II in Health Support Services and Cert III in Health Services ... Read More »

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