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Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

Ryan Baines

YOUNG Roma religious education teacher Ryan Baines delivered an inspiring talk at the University of Southern Queensland recently with the simple message, “Do what gives you life”. That was a theme in his hour-long tale on second chances, faith and discovering new horizons. He was delivering the annual Concannon Oration, organised by Concannon College. About 200 people gathered to hear ... Read More »

Gonski 2.0: Major changes urged to overhaul education curriculum in Australia

Student in a classroom

THE Catholic education sector has welcomed sweeping changes recommended in the latest Gonski 2.0 report that advocates an overhaul of Australia’s school curriculum over five years. The National Catholic Education Commission said the report reflected many of the strategies identified in Catholic sector submissions including recommendations to ensure a strong foundation for the early years of schooling and a stronger ... Read More »

Discus queen Taryn Gollshewsky going for gold

Tayn Gollshewsky

TARYN Gollshewsky can count on the cheers of every child at Bundaberg’s St Patrick’s Primary School when she steps into the discus thrower’s circle at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. “Miss G”, as her students affectionately know her, is a first-year physical eduation teacher at St Patrick’s. Throughout first term she balanced a gruelling training schedule with her full-time teaching. ... Read More »

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 »

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