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Healthy minds and loving support systems will help Schoolies make good decisions

Schoolies on the Gold Coast

FAMILIAR scenes of teenage school-leavers partying and running into the law were flashed across television screens again as Schoolies Week hit Surfers Paradise and other party locations in the past week. Despite the good times of Schoolies, the down times for young people with mental health issues was exacerbated in transition periods like leaving school. Brisbane counsellor Michael Jones said ... Read More »

Young Kamilaroi woman Shaunah Downton wants to end post-natal depression among her people

SHAUNAH Downton isn’t your average graduating senior.  The 18-year-old was awarded early entry to study midwifery at Australian Catholic University, Banyo, following a school-based traineeship with Metro North Hospital and Health Service. From the Kamilaroi people in Mungindi, overlapping NSW and Queensland borders but with a NSW postcode, Shaunah was named Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the ... Read More »

Indigenous students from Brisbane Catholic schools farewell 12 years of education

IT was the end of 12 years of schooling, and Brisbane’s Catholic school Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were farewelled at a graduation liturgy at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 11. Vashti Borthwick-Beetson, from St Columban’s College, Caboolture, offered a heartfelt student reflection on behalf of all graduates at the liturgy. She thanked everyone who had helped them achieve ... Read More »

Solomons graduates’ lives to change with ACU achievement

Solomon Islands ACU graduates

OVERCOMING hardship and a strong dose of self-sacrifice has enabled 27 students from Solomon Islands to graduate from Australian Catholic University’s business program. “It is a dream come true. We haven’t expected to come this far,” student spokesman George Tapo, who is the Pacific island nation’s deputy commissioner of Inland Revenue Division, said. The students, each considered leaders in a ... Read More »

Indigenous students graduate with Mass in Toowoomba’s Cathedral

Indigenous students graduate in Tooowoomba

THE annual Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduation Mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba, last month to recognise 45 indigenous students from across the diocese who completed Year 12. Fr Peter Dorfield celebrated the Mass, with local councillors, elders, schools and community in the congregation. “Students were the proud recipients of a commemorative medal and sash ... Read More »

Catholic priest Fr Paul Kelly gets first taste of Schoolies as police chaplain

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POLICE chaplain Fr Paul Kelly chose working at a hardware store over packing his bags for the beach when his Schoolies week came around. As his schoolmates were preparing to party on the Gold Coast after more than a dozen years of schooling, Fr Kelly was working hard stacking shelves. “I couldn’t think of anything worse than leaving everyone only ... Read More »

Graduation milestone for Timor Leste teachers college

Timor Leste graduation

TIMOR Leste has reached an education milestone with the latest graduation of 46 teachers from a college run by the Marist Brothers Province of Australia.  More than 500 teacher graduates have passed through the Instituto Catolico para a Formacao de Professores, since the college was built soon after Timor Leste (East Timor) gained independence from Indonesia. This is no small feat ... Read More »

Celebration meets reconciliation

Indigenous graduates

ESTEEMED members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community joined Brisbane Catholic Education in celebrating the impending graduation of indigenous school students of Brisbane archdiocese at a special liturgy at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 16. There are a total of 154 students graduating from 19 Catholic schools across the archdiocese in 2015, with more than 100 attending the ... Read More »

It’s a match for Maddie and Mum

Mary Daly and daughter Maddie celebrate their graduation at the University of Queensland

BRISBANE’S Mary Daly knows exactly how hard her daughter Maddie worked to graduate from University of Queensland’s Nursing/Midwifery degree. The Samford mother of five also completed the degree, graduating in December at the same time as her daughter. And to top it off, mother and daughter have both secured positions in the Graduate Registered Nurse program for 2014 at the ... Read More »

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