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Bishop Harris blesses classrooms at St Anthony’s

Bishop Harris blesses classrooms at St Anthony’s

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 »

‘It’s not a step forward for rural health’: Theodore residents protest to save town’s maternity service

‘It’s not a step forward for rural health’: Theodore residents protest to save town’s maternity service

RESIDENTS in a small central Queensland town where women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth are battling to have their local hospital maternity ward reopened. The people of Theodore raised more than $70,000 to help repair the maternity ward, part of a $2 million government overhaul, after the hospital was ravaged by floodwaters; only to ... Read More »

Powerful drought photos in social media project show farmers strength during tough times

Powerful drought photos in social media project show farmers strength during tough times

A PROFESSIONAL photographer with a keen eye for the outback is working with volunteers in one of Queensland’s hardest hit drought regions on a project showcasing their resilience during hard times. Anne Smith, from Airlie Beach, is working with volunteer photographers in the Barcaldine region – locals capturing their own images of the drought, these volunteers are participating in a ... Read More »

Road to Emmaus paved with yellow bricks

Road to Emmaus paved with yellow bricks

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 »

Construction underway for Toowoomba schools administration building

Construction underway for Toowoomba schools administration building

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 »

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

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

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 »

Australian Catholic heritage in safe hands with diocesan archivists

Australian Catholic heritage in safe hands with diocesan archivists

IN an age of instant gratification and short-sighted social media, the idea of preserving old books and artefacts might seem out of place, but it has been the aim of Australian Catholic diocesan archivists for decades – and for good reason. These archivists came from around the country to meet in Townsville for the 16th annual National Conference of Catholic ... Read More »

St Mary’s students reaching out

St Mary’s students reaching out

MAKING a difference to people experiencing homelessness has motivated a Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton to dig deep and donate an astonishing amount of essential items for Rockhampton Regional Council’s Homeless Connect event to be held in Rockhampton on July 26. It took under a fortnight for this class of 27 generous students to fill 21 ... Read More »

Volunteers make a world of difference in Port Macquarie

Volunteers make a world of difference in Port Macquarie

NATIONAL Volunteer Week 2018 was celebrated with gusto at St Agnes’ Parish, Port Macquarie, where the parish thanked its volunteers with a recognition Mass. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Gooley and Fr Peter Wood, who went with the national theme – Give a little, change a lot. It was a time to reflect on the importance volunteers have ... Read More »

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