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Brisbane teacher helps classroom partner deliver baby girl in emergency home birth

Teacher and mother with baby

PREP teacher Letitia O’Loan has a show-and-tell story that’s hard to top. Hours before the first day of school this year, Mrs O’Loan was on the phone to paramedics to perform an emergency home delivery of teaching partner Megan Schultz’s second child. The pair job-shared a Prep classroom at St ... Read More »

After 51 years at Padua College, former student and rector Bob Out is finally saying goodbye

Bob Out principal

  STAYING at school for 51 years has been Robert Out’s idea of a successful life. At 59, Robert, better known as Bob to everyone except his mother, has spent 51 years at Padua College, Kedron. He has gone from student to classroom teacher, the school’s second lay vice-rector, and ... Read More »

Memories of a beloved teacher

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OUR memories are selective. We know so very little about how the computer that is our brain functions.  Why does one memory get stored and not others?  Why does it surface just at specific moments of our lives from somewhere deep inside? My school days were happy days. I remember ... Read More »

St Michael’s mourns loss of “loved and respected” teacher

Andrew Colby

A GOLD Coast Catholic school is mourning the sudden loss of a popular teacher, who collapsed during an Australian Rules game last weekend. St Michael’s College, Merrimac, announced on Monday that teacher Andrew Colbey had died while playing for Coolangatta Masters in a match at Springwood. The 45-year-old father was ... Read More »

Remembering Roberta, the teacher who loved pink

McShane family

EVERYTHING Roberta McShane owned was hot pink, even her car. On April 4 last year, the Catholic school teacher asked her mum, Dot McShane, to bring the car to the hospital for one last spin around the block. “That was the first time she said to me, ‘It’s time for ... Read More »

Sports coach equally inspired by Wayne Bennett, Vince Lombardi and St Francis Xavier

Catholic sports coach

CRAIG Gunn holds rugby league master coaches Wayne Bennett and Jack Gibson, and legendary gridiron coach Vince Lombardi among his heroes – and St Francis Xavier is up there too. Each of them are inspirations for Craig as a teacher and sports coach and for his life. For a life ... Read More »

Asylum seekers on Manus Island write letters of hope to their former teacher

Manus Island teacher

REFUGEES in the Manus Island detention facility have written to a former teacher to express their joy after Papua New Guinea officials announced the centre would be closed. Catholic teacher Jacob Rice received “messages of jubilation” from his former students on the island when a Supreme Court ruling declared the immigration ... Read More »

Q&A with Anne-Marie Westby

Anne-Marie Westby classroom

Anne-Marie Westby is a Year 2 teacher at St Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park, and since September she has taken on the responsibility as the Summer Surf Girl representative at Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, North Stradbroke Island, raising vital funds.  Q. Did you always want to go into ... Read More »

Young Brisbane couple make Parisian connection

Erin Kennedy and Devett O'Brien

YOUNG Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy took a year off teaching and headed for Paris looking for a new direction in life and found much more than she could have expected. Out of the blue came love. Having worked hard for eight years to establish her career as a teacher, Erin ... Read More »

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