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Fertility classes the missing link in Catholic school sexuality programs

Catholic couple Simon and Nicky Ashley

CATHOLIC teacher Simon Ashley believes fertility classes taught by Catholic educators would not only help improve Australia’s low birth rate, but also set teenagers up for healthier relationships in their adult life. Mr Ashley, a Brisbane Catholic teacher who is developing a nuptial formation course for teachers, parents and parishes, made his comments following a call to introduce fertility classes ... Read More »

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 »

New podcast Do Life Better aims to improve wellbeing of young people

Jared Press and Dave Jorna from Do Life Better podcast

MENTAL illness among Australian youth is on the rise but two Catholic men hope their new podcast could make young Aussies healthier in mind, body and soul. Dave Jorna and Jared Press are the voices behind Do Life Better, a podcast teaching young people how to live a happier and more fulfilled life. Earlier this year, a report into youth ... Read More »

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 »

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