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Brisbane schools join Fiver for a Farmer campaign

Christ the King Deception Bay

CATHOLIC schools across Brisbane archdiocese joined the Fiver for a Farmer movement to raise much-needed money to help farming families struggling through Australia’s worst drought crisis in centuries. Arriving at school dressed as farmers, students and staff came up with some novel and innovating ideas to raise awareness and money for the struggling farmers. Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries ... Read More »

Eight Catholic schools trial heating system that uses earth as a form of radiator and battery

Mt Maria College students study new energy plan

BRISBANE’S Mt Maria College is earning top marks when it comes to producing clean energy and taking on the ecological challenges of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. It’s one of eight Brisbane Catholic Education pilot schools introducing a Living Laudato Si’ energy reduction and management plan and, in so doing, working towards big power savings and state-of-the-art clean energy solutions. ... Read More »

St Rita’s begins work on $35m learning centre

Turning of the sod at St Rita's

STUDENTS at St Rita’s College, Clayfield, will be writing on the walls instead of their notebooks once a new learning precinct opens in two years. The $35 million project will see the all-girls’ Catholic college embrace a new era of learning suitable for digital natives. The traditional teacher’s desk will no longer exist, students will be encouraged to use “writeable ... Read More »

St James College creates pathway to inclusivity

Sam Hodge, Alexandra Murphy and Caleb Bull official open the school's new walkway

HIGH school student Alexandra Murphy won’t be struggling to get to assembly after receiving a new shortcut from her college community. Alexandra, who lives with a severe degenerative disease that has confined her to a wheelchair, was among the first students to use the new walkway that connects the hall at St James College, Spring Hill, with the main classroom ... 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 »

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 »

School girls use technology to make apps tackling low self-esteem in peers

tech girls from St Bernard's Primary School, Upper Mt Gravatt

GIRLS from St Bernard’s Primary School, Upper Mt Gravatt, are designing an app to boost self-esteem in young girls after discovering other girls in their school struggle with their appearances. Nine 11-year-old girls, who go by the coding team name Bernie Beetles, have spent nearly 12 weeks outside of school hours designing an app to combat low self-esteem in girls. ... Read More »

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