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St Mary’s students reaching out

Year 3 class at St Mary's with their removal cartons of items

MAKING a difference to people experiencing homelessness has motivated a Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton to dig deep and donate an astonishing amount of essential items for Rockhampton Regional Council’s Homeless Connect event to be held in Rockhampton on July 26. It took under a fortnight for this class of 27 generous students to fill 21 ... Read More »

Marymount rugby league team works hard for Titans Cup win

Marymount Makos team following Titans Cup victory

A HARD-earned victory was seized by Marymount College, Burleigh Waters, over Keebra Park State High School, Southport, for the Titans Cup rugby league grand final on June 20. The final score line was a decisive 52-6. The Marymount Makos scored an early try through team captain and hooker Cole Geyer but, due to some miscommunication, let Keebra back into the ... Read More »

Students welcome migrants to the classroom for cultural exchange

Shindano Ecanga and St Mary's students

ST Mary’s Primary School, Ipswich, invited a group of adult English learners from TAFE Queensland’s Ipswich campus to share their life experience and practise their English skills. The students aimed to make Jesus real as they welcomed the visitors into their school and enhanced their learning about current migration trends shaping Australian society. The TAFE students came from a broad ... Read More »

Volunteers make a world of difference in Port Macquarie

St Agnes volunteers

NATIONAL Volunteer Week 2018 was celebrated with gusto at St Agnes’ Parish, Port Macquarie, where the parish thanked its volunteers with a recognition Mass. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Gooley and Fr Peter Wood, who went with the national theme – Give a little, change a lot. It was a time to reflect on the importance volunteers have ... Read More »

Students’ artwork takes Ripley centre stage

St Mary's student artwork

ARTWORK by students at St Mary’s College, Ipswich, took centre stage at the official opening of stage one of Ripley Town Centre. During the Main Street Festival to mark the town centre opening the students’ art, which was transformed by ColourChiefs creative workshop in Brisbane into life-size steel silhouettes, was unveiled. Eight St Mary’s students had their names engraved on ... Read More »

Psychiatrist says laws to remove confessional seal are ‘a distraction’

Confession line

A LEADING psychiatrist has described efforts to remove the confessional seal as a “distraction” as governments continue to respond to the final report of the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio, who was an expert witness at the Royal Commission, said she agreed with clergy views that confessions of sexual abuse were extremely ... Read More »

Teacher’s therapy dog offering a helping paw in Townsville schools

Townsville therapy dog

MARLOW, a seven-year-old golden retriever, has had quite the tale to tell since she was welcomed as one of Townsville’s first school-based therapy dogs at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Rasmussen. School guidance counsellor Christine York and school principal Glenda Scrase submitted a proposal for a therapy-dog pilot program with Townsville Catholic Education in March. With TCE’s support, Ms York and ... Read More »

Memories flood back at St Ursula’s College centenary

St Ursula's College centenary

ONE hundred years old and still bursting with spirit, the community of St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, finished its centenary weekend with the performance of a new college song on May 6. Australian composer Alice Chance conducted the 100 Voice Choir, made up of past and present students and staff, for the centenary event crowds at the college’s Ballygriffin Cultural Centre. ... Read More »

Site of new Coomera Catholic school blessed

Coomera school site blessed

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has blessed the site for Brisbane Catholic Education’s newest school on the Gold Coast – St Joseph’s College, Coomera. Adding to the extraordinary story of Catholic education in Australia, Archbishop Coleridge joined BCE executive director Pam Betts, foundation principal Paul Begg and guests for the blessing and symbolic sod-turning ceremony. During the ceremony, Archbishop Coleridge told ... Read More »

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