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Escaping conflict and encampment, African refugees rise to leadership and strive to put God first

ONE of Brisbane’s oldest schools has for the first time named two African refugees as college captains, identifying the pair as leaders strongly committed to their faith and to Catholic social justice. The new captains at Brisbane’s inner-city St James College are Mariam Ajang, born in a refugee camp in Kenya after her family fled war-torn Sudan, and Paul Paul, ... Read More »

New schools up and down the coast are opening their doors for their first year

TWO new Queensland Catholic schools are set to open their doors on Wednesday, January 29. St Joseph’s College, Coomera, and Good Samaritan Catholic College, Bli Bli, will welcome their first students in the coming week. St Joseph’s principal Paul Begg said everything was ready for Wednesday’s start. “The staff start on Monday, but they’re all pretty excited as well, so ... Read More »

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 »

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