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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 »

Story Dog Archie boosts Catholic schoolboys’ reading and writing skills

Archie and Ambrose Treacy College boys

STORIES have come to life in Brisbane teacher Alicia Madigan’s Year 5 class with the addition of a new reading buddy – a furry friend named Archie. Archie is a four-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel who works in the Story Dogs program, a not-for-profit organisation that helps children to improve their literacy skills. Each Wednesday Archie puts on his extra-small ... Read More »

What Brisbane Catholics are reading this summer

Whether holidays are the one time of the year you can do some serious reading or you are looking for a good thriller to take to the beach, several Brisbane Catholics have a recommendation to fit the bill, from travel to memoir, and crime fiction, books about saints to papal documents. Pam Betts, Brisbane Catholic Education, executive director Dear Pope Francis: ... Read More »

Western Sydney doctor to sail 15,000km solo to close indigenous literacy gap

Andrew Brazier

BOOKS are said to open doors to the world and the saying is especially true for self-taught sailor Andrew Brazier. The junior doctor, who studied at the University of Queensland, pursued sailing after reading the autobiography of Joshua Slocum, the first man to single-handedly sail around the world, and is now planning a solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean to ... Read More »

Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can’t read

Legally blind priest Fr Francis Ching

MASS etiquette suggests Catholics turn off or silence their mobile device before entering the church, but that rule doesn’t apply to Canadian priest Fr Francis Ching. Every time the 45-year-old Chinese-born priest celebrates Mass, or when it’s time to say his prayers of the Office, the iPad is on and right at his fingertips. Without it, Fr Francis couldn’t fulfil ... Read More »

Everyone at St Thomas More College is reading the secret to better grades

Sunnybank reading program

STUDENTS and staff at a Catholic school in Brisbane are taking inspiration from their saintly namesake and hitting the books in an effort to improve literacy skills and general wellbeing. The entire community at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, which is named after well-known author and English philosopher St Thomas More, is stopping to read a book for 15 minutes ... Read More »

Parents: Government funding for Catholic schools could help our child with Dyslexia

Helping children with disabilities

PARENTS of a child with dyslexia want the prospect of extra funding for Catholic schools to go towards learning support for their son and others like him rather than lowering fees. Matthew and Eloise Campbell said they had paid thousands of dollars into specialist treatment for their nine-year-old son with dyslexia attending St Joachim’s primary school, Holland Park, because the ... Read More »

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