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Language lessons at St Rita’s College take up international advice on new teaching strategies in pandemic

LANGUAGE students at a Brisbane’s St Rita’s College are benefiting from a variety of new teaching strategies shared by teachers from across the globe during the COVID-19 lockdown. The college’s Japanese teacher Chani-Alia Murtagh said she had been following language teachers in different countries for inspiration via Instagram. “It was a great way to look at different international teaching strategies,” ... Read More »

Smiling faces as students head back to classes and see friends after six weeks at home under restrictions

FOR families across Australia, it’s back to some state of normal, with a return to school welcomed after six weeks at home as part of enforced COVID-19 restrictions. “There were lots of smiling faces, and students are just happy to be back with their friends,” Southern Cross Catholic College’s communications and marketing co-ordinator Majella Thompson, said. “It’s that social contact ... Read More »

Faithful rejoice as church doors open again after months of lockdown, restrictions still in effect

CHURCHES across the country are re-opening, with restrictions on public worship starting to ease. Under an updated COVID-19 Safe Plan for Brisbane Archdiocese, parishes are welcoming a staged return to regularly scheduled Masses. Stage one allows only for up to 10 people in church and strict social distancing requirements of 1.5 metres between people. The liturgical season has changed from ... Read More »

Support network for graduate teachers more important than ever during pandemic

AS if embarking on a new career wasn’t enough of a challenge, graduate teachers were thrown into uncharted territory because of COVID-19, and schools moved to online learning. During her recent fortnightly meeting with the college’s graduate teachers, St Rita’s College deputy principal studies Maree Trims noticed that professional learning meetings for beginning teachers had been cancelled due to pandemic ... Read More »

Euthanasia cut from Queensland legislative agenda this term, palliative care must be focus

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has wiped euthanasia from her government’s legislative agenda for this term  – announcing in parliament that a scheme to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill needs “further, careful consideration”. The Premier’s decision means voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation will not go before lawmakers before Queensland heads to the polls on October 31. Instead, Ms Palaszczuk ... Read More »

Vatican announces Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and it starts this Sunday

THE Vatican has declared a “Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year” starting almost immediately, and a seven-year action plan emphasising “ecological conversion”, and safeguarding and care for the earth. “I’m delighted, and it brings great blessings as well,” Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said, describing the measures as a visionary step. “It is a great ... Read More »

School principals under extreme stress, including from physical violence, well before pandemic

A HIGH-LEVEL Australian education survey says “we should be nationally ashamed” of steadily increasing rates of offensive behaviour in schools and other frontline professions, as well as domestic violence. “Australia needs to have an adult conversation about the root causes of this behaviour and set about addressing them at every level of society,” the newly-released Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety ... Read More »

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