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Catholic teachers shine in Queensland teaching awards

QUEENSLAND’S top award for teachers has been given to two Catholics from Gympie and the Gold Coast. Dr Lyn Nothdurft from St Patrick’s College, Gympie and Jane Greffe from Marymount College won two of four state-wide awards from the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards. The annual awards coincides with World Teachers’ Day on October 27 and offers ... Read More »

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 Ignatius School, Toowong, and bonded instantly as young teaching mums. ... 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 Year 3 in particular.  Our teacher was Miss Arthur.  In ... 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 described by St Michael’s College as “a much loved and ... 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 me to go mum but I want to get the ... 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 detention centre illegal. “I have received messages of jubilation and ... 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 teaching?  A: No, I think originally I wanted to be ... Read More »

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