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Big week for Catholic schools as Queensland launches Catholic Education Week

BRISBANE Catholic schools launched a week-long celebration of their distinctive Catholic ethos in an official ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday. Hundreds of students from 40 schools packed out the cathedral on July 23 to kick off the annual Queensland Catholic Education Week celebrations from July 23 to 29 with a Mass where Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided. The Mass ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Dedicated teachers shaping lives for the future

BCE awards

SIX outstanding educators have been acknowledged for their innovation and leadership at the annual Brisbane Catholic Education Excellence in Teaching Awards. With more than 35 finalists representing 14 schools, family, friends, sponsors and special guests gathered at Victoria Park Golf Club to witness Brisbane archdiocese vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely and BCE executive director Pam Betts present the awards and ... Read More »

Andrew sings life to the full from school to school

Andrew Chinn

IT’S difficult to tire of the company of Catholic musical all-rounder Andrew Chinn.  It’s also difficult to not find children grinning from ear to ear or adults toe-tapping in his effervescent presence.  Amid the beaming faces and tapping toes there’s an inherent understanding Andrew is living and breathing his God-given destiny.  “It’s a little embarrassing,” Andrew admitted while setting up for ... Read More »

Nothing old school about Brisbane Catholic Education’s new leader

Dr Doug Ashleigh

DR Doug Ashleigh has decades of experience as a Catholic teacher, principal and administrator, but there’s nothing old school about this senior educator. Dr Ashleigh recently moved with his family from Sydney to take on the challenging role of deputy executive director at Brisbane Catholic Education. He has spent much of the past decade at the leading edge of digital ... Read More »

Pay dispute rolls on with more industrial action

MORE than 7500 Catholic school union members in 180 schools across Queensland stopped work this morning over increasing workloads and inequitable wages. Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch Secretary Terry Burke said it was the fifth time Queensland Catholic school employees had taken stop work action as their employers continued to reject employee concerns about ... Read More »

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