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Queensland Catholic school leaders frustrated by ‘confusing’ Gonski 2.0 funding model

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CATHOLIC school executives and principals are privately expressing frustration at the Federal Government’s new funding model, because they are unable to accurately plan school finances. Parents too are approaching Catholic schools concerned that fees could rise under the funding shake-up – known as Gonski 2.0 – even though the budget promise is that it will deliver an $18.2 billion boost ... Read More »

Catholic schools are mobilising against new Gonski funding plan

Canberra Catholic school parents at a forum

CATHOLIC schools are mobilising for a major campaign against the Federal Government’s so-called Gonski 2.0 10-year funding plan, which would force them to raise fees, and could result in school closures and pressure parents to shift children to public schools. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham unveiled the plan on May 2, but without consulting Catholic school authorities or providing details ... Read More »

Catholics schools in Queensland will delay NAPLAN online roll out until 2018

  QUEENSLAND Catholic schools will not be required to conduct the new rollout of NAPLAN Online until 2018, the sector’s peak body confirmed today. Queensland Catholic Education Commission confirmed Catholic schools would follow the government sector and delay the rollout until next year. Around 22 Catholic schools in Queensland were scheduled to take part in the first stage roll out. ... Read More »

Thousands of students (and parents) survived the first week of school

MORE than 147,000 students started a new school year in Catholic schools across Queensland this week, with special thoughts and prayers for students at two new Brisbane Catholic Education schools. Buzzing with the excitement of a new school, teachers at St Clare’s Primary School, Yarrabilba, and McAuley College, Beaudesert, eased students into school life while nervous parents received tea and ... Read More »

New role for parent body leader Carmel Nash

Carmel Nash

FUNDING uncertainty in Catholic schools is a major concern for the newest member of the national peak body overseeing government and Church relations for Australian Catholic education. Carmel Nash, who is the executive director for the Federation of Parents and Friends Queensland, was appointed to the National Catholic Education Commission on October 25. Mrs Nash replaced Ann Bliss for a ... Read More »

Lauries legend Ian McDonald leaves after 15 year legacy as principal

Ian MacDonald

IAN McDonald is 65 and spent his adult life teaching – but don’t mention the “R” word. Principal at Brisbane’s St Laurence’s College for the last 15-and-a-half years, he will finish up at the Edmund Rice Education boys’ school at the end of this year, and will take barely a pause to reflect on his long and successful tenure.  He ... Read More »

San Sisto scientists excel during National Science Week

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STUDENTS from San Sisto College, Carina, were among more than one million people who participated in science events across the nation during National Science Week. San Sisto’s science academic leader Stuart Gillett said during the week students were presented with many opportunities, in and out of the laboratory, to discover and excel in science.  “(At San Sisto) we help students ... Read More »

Calls for government to freeze funding for Catholic schools a major concern for Queensland education leader

Dr Lee-Anne Perry

THE executive director of the Queensland Catholic Catholic Commission has taken aim at critics as the battle over school funding heats up. Dr Lee-Anne Perry has defended the record of Catholic schools against critics she describes as “powerful state school lobbyists challenging the very existence of Catholic schools”. “We’re concerned that some people are choosing to put a sectarian spin ... Read More »

Windsor students picked to be the face of the 2017 World Cup

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STUDENTS from St Mary of the Cross School, Windsor, have been chosen as the “face” of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. It came about when every student at the school took part in a six-week long rugby league clinic, which focused on ball skills, tactics, fitness and teamwork. As a reward for their hard work they were offered an ... Read More »

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