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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 »

‘This is no way for a child to grow up’: Catholic teacher talks of heartbreaking mission in Iraq

Ora Duffley with a child in northern Iraq

BRISBANE Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq. Miss Duffley set off before Easter to join the French Catholic mission SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, working hand in hand with local people and parishes on the ground. Even though she was well-read on the ongoing war against ISIS, she said ... Read More »

Timorese guerrilla fighter joins students and veterans at Brisbane Anzac Day commemoration

Timorese veteran meets Catholic school students

TIMOR Leste’s independence struggle veteran Mau Buti spent 24 years as a guerrilla fighter living in the mountains. Last week Mr Buti mingled with Australian students and veterans as he and 30 Timorese veterans accompanied his country’s President-elect Francisco Guterres on a visit to Queensland to strengthen veteran ties and take part in Anzac Day commemorations. In Brisbane’s Anzac Square ... Read More »

New role for parent body leader Carmel Nash

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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 »

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