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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 »

New Catholic Jesse Smith celebrates first communion at Easter Vigil

Parish friends with new Catholic Jesse Smith

Pope Francis would be pleased with Jesse Smith. Encouraging pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, Rome, and audiences worldwide to consider the importance placed on messages from the Word of God, our Holy Father would be pleased that Jesse’s Bible is almost falling apart. “What would happen if we turned around … if you forget your cellphone (mobile phone)?” Pope Francis ... Read More »

Community in Lismore helps Trinity Catholic College in wake of floods

Lismore floods

TRINITY Catholic College principal Marist Brother John Hilet has praised the college community for the spirit it showed in the wake of Lismore’s devastating floods earlier this month. Br Hilet said torrential rain at the start of April from the remnants of Cyclone Debbie produced floodwaters that topped Lismore’s levee bank for the first since it was built 12 years ... Read More »

Meet the hairdressers aiming to give 1000 free haircuts to the homeless this year

Hairdressers offering cuts for homeless

TWO hairdressers in Brisbane’s north are taking their scissors to the streets, offering free haircuts to the homeless. Working out of a mobile van, Danielle Hannah and Teresa Reed, of Jack Reed Barber Shop, Scarborough, have set themselves a mission of giving 1000 free haircuts by the end of this year. “Fresh hair and a shave can feel like a fresh ... Read More »

Queensland Catholics look to the hope of Easter hope in the wake of Cyclone Debbie

Proserpine Church

FR Jose Koyickal was looking forward to a special Easter full of hope in Proserpine despite the destruction swathe Cyclone Debbie cut threw his Whitsunday parish. Cyclone Debbie destroyed houses, farm sheds and equipment, and damaged the sugar cane crop around Proserpine. It caused major damage and flash flooding in tourist hotels and businesses in nearby Airlie Beach and Whitsunday ... Read More »

School senior’s final year ‘the best period’ of his life

Ahmed Hakimi

WHAT does it take for a senior student to confidently announce that the final year of schooling was “the best period” of their life? In Ahmad Hakimi’s case it took the welcoming and inclusive educational setting of St James’ College, Brisbane. The admiration was reciprocated and college principal Gerry Crooks and college staff “were delighted” to learn that the 2016 ... Read More »

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