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Darth Vader proves a force for good at St James’, Coorparoo

Darth Vader at St James'

DARTH Vader used the “force” for good when he visited St James Catholic Primary School, Coorparoo, helping it raise more than $1300 for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion. Following his rejection of the “dark side”, the former commander of the Death Star had some wise words for the school community. Darth, better known as principal John Bates, told the excited students ... Read More »

Reaching out to the margins makes better students

Joe Alexander and Janelle Doohan

SCHOOLS that offer programs to visit the elderly or feed the hungry could help young adults become more compassionate as well as improve academically.  Queensland-born Christian Brother Damien Price said at a recent ecumenical education conference that educational programs calling students “to the edge” taught empathy and compassion. The method, which Br Price referred to as service learning, was also ... Read More »

Our Lady of Dolours’ students go the extra mile

Walking for Water Our Lady of Dolours'

MARCH 24 may have been the last day of term, but for students at Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School, in Mitchelton, there was no time to take it easy. Principal Patrick Davis said a small group of Year 6 student leaders organised the full day of activities to support the annual Project Compassion appeal and the work of ... Read More »

Brisbane education staff to witness the diversity of the Church at World Youth Day

Educators prepare for World Youth Day

 AN excited group of young Brisbane Catholic Education pilgrims are in the final stage of preparations for the journey to the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. The 20 pilgrims, a mixture of school-based and Brisbane Catholic Education Office staff, will join more than 3000 young Australians on the “journey to the City of Mercy”, as it’s become known ... Read More »

Record number brave the shave at St Columba’s

Brave shave

SQUEALS of delight rang out at St Columba’s School, Wilston, as hair fell to the ground. Hair clippers buzzed as student after student made their way to the stage. Then the roar went up – “Zero”, “Zero”, “Zero” – as teacher and organiser of the school’s annual Shave for a Cure Ricardo Bonasia took his seat. It was his turn ... Read More »

Students look to Jesus’ cross

Lenten cross

ON the wall in the corner of a classroom at Star of the Sea Primary School, Cleveland, is the outline of a large Lenten Cross. Inside this cross is a collection of smaller, paper crosses pinned to the wall.  On these paper crosses are written the Lenten promises of the Year 5/6 students. The cross is a constant reminder to ... Read More »

Street retreat an eye opener

Street retreat

A GROUP of students from St Augustine’s College, Augustine Heights, discovered what it meant to be homeless during an eye-opening street retreat. The 18 Year 10 students and three staff joined the many organisations around Brisbane volunteering their time to help people living on the streets. The group listened to volunteers and patrons from groups such as OzHarvest, Blind Eye ... Read More »

Cyber safety video production delivers $10,000 boost

Students cheer

ST Flannan’s Catholic Primary School, Zillmere, received an early Christmas present of $10,000 when they were named winners of the inaugural “Dance Fever for Daniel” competition.   The competition, organised by Dancefever Multisport and supported by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation as part of Day for Daniel 2015, was open to all schools in Queensland and New South Wales. Dancefever Multisport director ... Read More »

Turning orange to help homeless Queenslanders

Orange for homeless

A SEA of orange enveloped St Peter’s School, Caboolture, as the community banded together to raise funds for Orange Sky Laundry.  Assistant principal for religious education Anna Shaw said students and staff at St Peter’s were no strangers to reaching out to those in need.  Ms Shaw said the community watched a video about the Orange Sky Laundry charity and ... Read More »

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