A SURVEY of Catholic primary schools in Brisbane archdiocese has found that students in them are not immune from the pressures that affect families in wider society.
Twenty-seven out of 38 primary schools whio returned survey forms reported having students who had lived away from home at some stage during 2003, and on average 10 per thousand were living out of home.
It’s a shocking finding but one which needs to be recognised if Catholic schools are to provide the assistance these students and their families need, both educationally and emotionally.
It is commendable that Brisbane Catholic Education has decided to form a task group to look into how it will handle this issue.
It is part of the care and commitment that has been a hallmark of Catholic education for many years.
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