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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 »

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 »

Thousands of Catholic students to flood into Queensland schools by 2036

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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 »

Australian Bishops defend religious freedom as ‘fundamental human right’

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THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for Australian laws to be updated to recognise religious freedom. “Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right,” the bishops said in a submission to the Federal Government’s Religious Freedom Review. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commissioned the review following last year’s “yes” vote on same-sex marriage, with hearings conducted by a five-member expert ... Read More »

Catholic schools leader to help tackle cyberbullying in Queensland Premier’s task force

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RECOMMENDATIONS from the Catholic education sector on how to deal with the rise of cyberbullying in schools will be considered by a new Queensland Government task force. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was announced as one of the 14 members of the Queensland Anti-Bullying Task Force, which will make recommendations for community and government action to ... Read More »

Fees in some Queensland Catholic schools to rise because of Gonski plan

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PARENTS of students at some Queensland Catholic schools are bracing for fee increases of almost 10 per cent next year – a direct result of the new Federal Government funding changes to schools. About 30 Catholic schools run by religious institutes and incorporated bodies are the hardest hit because they are considered “over-funded” under the Government’s new Gonski 2.0 model. ... Read More »

Report shows Australia headed towards a male teacher drought

Male Teachers in the Classroom

STRATEGIES are needed to attract more men to teaching, otherwise Australian schools are headed for a male teacher drought, a new report finds. The report Why Choose Teaching? – by the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) at the Australian Catholic University and commissioned by the Queensland College of Teachers – recommends identifying aspiring teachers while they are still at high ... Read More »

Queensland Catholic education leader on Gonski review panel

Gonski Catholic Panel Member

QUEENSLAND Catholic educational leader Dr Lee-Anne Perry has been applauded as a key appointment to the new Gonski 2.0 review panel that will advise the Federal Government on school funding in the next decade. “I want to contribute to the conversation around improving outcomes by bringing to the table the perspectives of Catholic schools and also my own experience as ... Read More »

BCE staff have a day sharpening up on new technology

Digital Skills Program

REPRESENTATIVES from 40 schools attended Brisbane Catholic Education’s inaugural digital training program at the Brisbane Exhibition and Conference Centre recently. Earlier in the year, BCE released a major upgrade to its school portals with the integration of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. As a result, schools highlighted the need for additional professional learning around the use of these products, as well as the ... Read More »

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