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Caloundra Catholic primary school soars in NAPLAN tests

Caloundra NAPLAN

OUR Lady of the Rosary Primary School at Caloundra has been named one of Australia’s top performers in the 2017 NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests. The release of NAPLAN 2017 data from the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) identified those individual schools across Australia that demonstrated substantially above-average improvement as students progressed from Year 3 to Year 5 ... Read More »

School communities unite against bullying

Anti-bullying teachers

STAFF at Guardian Angels’ School, Wynnum, on the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence sent a clear message that bullying is never okay. The day of action united school communities across Australia who were called to imagine a world free from bullying. Guardian Angels’ staff joined thousands of staff and students who were helping find workable solutions ... Read More »

Sarah Bradbury takes one small step towards NASA after winning QUT Astrophysics Project internship

Sarah Bradbury

SARAH Bradbury, a Year 12 student at Mary MacKillop College, Nundah, is aiming for the stars after gaining a prestigious university internship over the Easter holidays. Sarah was one of only 10 students in Queensland offered a place in the prestigious Queensland University of Technology)Astrophysics Project placement, part of the university’s high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) internship ... Read More »

St Ursula’s celebrates 100 years

St Ursula's students celebrate 100th anniversary

ST Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, has launched into a year of celebrations for its centenary. Principal Catherine Dunbar said special college-based activities on March 12 were a prelude to even bigger festivities during Centenary Celebrations Weekend on May 4-6. “On Monday, March 12, all current students gathered for a special liturgy and then had a ‘100 years’ photo taken by college ... Read More »

Casino Catholic schools offers scholarship to lower Year 7 fees

St Mary's scholarship

ST Mary’s Catholic College, Casino, has launched the Mercy Scholarships Program offering fee concessions for Year 7 students. Principal Aaron Beach said the scholarships would be offered based on students’ academic achievement, effort and accomplishments in sport or culture. “For the first time in its in ninety-nine year history, the college is excited to offer these Mercy Scholarships for two ... Read More »

New chapter at St Vincent’s Tooowoomba with opening of $30 million theatre complex

St Vincent's hospital blessing

THE opening of the Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite on February 21 heralded a new chapter in the 96-year history of St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Toowoomba. The $30 million theatre complex, which added six new state-of-the-art operating theatres including a cutting-edge hybrid theatre, a new kitchen and a new main reception area for the hospital has been completed under budget ... Read More »

Cairns didge players to perform at the Commonwealth Games

Didgeridoo players Mathew Ederer and Keane Ryan

THE tyranny of distance could well have cruelled the opportunity of a lifetime for two indigenous boys from Herberton to perform in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April. However, the performance aspirations of the senior students from Mount St Bernard College have been thrown a lifeline by a friend and former colleague of ... Read More »

Young Townsville man answers call to serve North Queensland

William Brennan with parents Paul and Monica

YOUNG Townsville man William Brennan has entered the priesthood at a time when the Catholic Church and priests are under more scrutiny than ever. Mr Brennan entered Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo recently to begin his formation to become a priest for Townsville diocese. The young seminarian, who spent most of his childhood in Charters Towers, said he was almost ... Read More »

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan impressed by services in Port Macquarie

Fr Frank Brennan in Port Macquarie

CENTACARE staff in Port Macquarie met with the head of Catholic Social Services Australia recently to discuss the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. CSSA chief executive officer Jesuit Father Frank Brennan visited Port Macquarie for the discussions and toured facilities in Port Macquarie and Kempsey. Centacare general manager Tony Davies said part of the reason for Fr Brennan’s ... Read More »

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