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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 »

Independent Catholic school in Brisbane ‘living out message of Humanae Vitae’

Angelorum College classroom

YOU could easily miss the tiny school passing down a busy main road on the edge of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Behind a locked, metal-barred gate, Angelorum College, an independent Catholic school, is a new sanctuary of learning – just 20 students in two classrooms, a chapel, and an enclosed playground in an ageing building owned by the Legion of Mary. ... Read More »

Construction underway for Toowoomba schools administration building

New building plans

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

MacKillop College in Cairns

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 »

Archbishops to meet Prime Minister to solve ‘looming crisis’ of school funding model

Bishops to meet PM Turnbull

AUSTRALIA’S most senior Church figures hope a meeting with the Prime Minister can avoid a “looming crisis” for Catholic schools “with many schools facing the prospect of closure”. Education funding topped the agenda of a July 19 with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge attending as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, accompanied by ... Read More »

Thousands of Catholic students to flood into Queensland schools by 2036

Nudgee College library

QUEENSLAND will need to build enough schools or expand existing campuses to cope with a projected influx of an extra 47,000 Catholic students by 2036. Based on population growth projections, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission predicts that by 2036, the number of additional students in the Catholic sector would increase by 32 per cent to 194,000. QCEC executive director Dr ... Read More »

Site of new Coomera Catholic school blessed

Coomera school site blessed

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has blessed the site for Brisbane Catholic Education’s newest school on the Gold Coast – St Joseph’s College, Coomera. Adding to the extraordinary story of Catholic education in Australia, Archbishop Coleridge joined BCE executive director Pam Betts, foundation principal Paul Begg and guests for the blessing and symbolic sod-turning ceremony. During the ceremony, Archbishop Coleridge told ... Read More »

Sister’s secret to staying 80 years young: work with young people

Sr Elvera Sesta

LEGENDARY educator Sr Elvera Sesta has revealed the reason why she’s stayed in the same school since she was eight years old. The renowned leader in Catholic girls’ education and columnist for The Catholic Leader, who turns 80 on May 1, has spent nearly seven decades at the same school to “remain young”. “Youth have honesty, integrity and enthusiasm, and ... Read More »

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 »

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