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St James College creates pathway to inclusivity

Sam Hodge, Alexandra Murphy and Caleb Bull official open the school's new walkway

HIGH school student Alexandra Murphy won’t be struggling to get to assembly after receiving a new shortcut from her college community. Alexandra, who lives with a severe degenerative disease that has confined her to a wheelchair, was among the first students to use the new walkway that connects the hall at St James College, Spring Hill, with the main classroom ... Read More »

St Eugene students refuse to ignore increasing numbers of homeless

St Eugene's College, Burpengary, students sleep out for homeless

IT might be hard to imagine in a wealthy nation like Australia but the number of homeless has reached 116,427. It has increased 14 per cent since 2011. But students at St Eugene College, Burpengary, refused to let the problem go unanswered. St Eugene College hosted its annual Vinnies Sleepout with more than 60 students from Years 7-12 participating in ... Read More »

Wait almost over for new Catholic college on the Sunshine Coast

Turning the sod at the site of Good Samaritan Catholic College

MARKOS Hondrouakis cannot wait to start at the Sunshine Coast’s newest school. Every weekend he drags his family to the site of Good Samaritan Catholic College at Bli Bli to see how construction is progressing. So, there was no way the Year 6 state school student was going to miss the official blessing of the soil by North Coast dean ... Read More »

Students impressed with NAIDOC celebrations at Upper Coomera

NAIDOC celebrations

ABORIGINAL performer Sean Choolburra weaved a blend of traditional dance, didgeridoo, story, knowledge and humour to help Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera, celebrate NAIDOC Week. With a background as a dancer in the Bangarra Dance Company the renowned stand-up comic and cultural ambassador rewarded students with a professional and inspiring cultural experience. For the Year 7-12 students Mr Choolburra’s performance was ... Read More »

Queensland schools kick off a joyful week celebrating Catholic education

Brisbane students celebrate Catholic Education Week with song

CATHOLIC school students from 304 schools across Queensland heeded Pope Francis’ message to young people at the 2016 World Youth Day during this year’s Catholic Education Week celebrations. Drawing from the words of Pope Francis in Krakow two years ago, where he told millions of young people to stop being couch potatoes and live a life of mission, Catholic Education ... Read More »

School girls use technology to make apps tackling low self-esteem in peers

tech girls from St Bernard's Primary School, Upper Mt Gravatt

GIRLS from St Bernard’s Primary School, Upper Mt Gravatt, are designing an app to boost self-esteem in young girls after discovering other girls in their school struggle with their appearances. Nine 11-year-old girls, who go by the coding team name Bernie Beetles, have spent nearly 12 weeks outside of school hours designing an app to combat low self-esteem in girls. ... Read More »

St Rita’s rising water polo stars seize gold in New Zealand

Water polo team

SIX students from St Rita’s College, Clayfield are swimming with pride after they represented their school and their state admirably, seizing a string of victories in the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo festival in Auckland, New Zealand. Lily Carrick, Olivia Camilleri, Amelia Watt, Horatia Schlect, Murphi Merrick and Lorena Turco represented Queensland in the Under 14 and under 18 teams, ... Read More »

Year 6 students build website to help peers with classroom IT issues

Lucas Want and Braeden Gates with their websites

“WE are straight on to it because we know ‘you’ need to get back-up online as soon as possible” – the words students want to hear from the IT department or Help Desk when an Internet problem arises. However, at Southern Cross Catholic College (SCCC) it was Year 6 students Lucas Want and Braeden Gates who were providing the solution ... Read More »

Thousands of Catholic students to flood into Queensland schools by 2036

Nudgee College library

QUEENSLAND will need to build enough schools or expand existing campuses to cope with a projected influx of an extra 47,000 Catholic students by 2036. Based on population growth projections, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission predicts that by 2036, the number of additional students in the Catholic sector would increase by 32 per cent to 194,000. QCEC executive director Dr ... Read More »

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