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Remembering Roberta, the teacher who loved pink

McShane family

EVERYTHING Roberta McShane owned was hot pink, even her car. On April 4 last year, the Catholic school teacher asked her mum, Dot McShane, to bring the car to the hospital for one last spin around the block. “That was the first time she said to me, ‘It’s time for me to go mum but I want to get the ... Read More »

Asylum seekers on Manus Island write letters of hope to their former teacher

Manus Island teacher

REFUGEES in the Manus Island detention facility have written to a former teacher to express their joy after Papua New Guinea officials announced the centre would be closed. Catholic teacher Jacob Rice received “messages of jubilation” from his former students on the island when a Supreme Court ruling declared the immigration detention centre illegal. “I have received messages of jubilation and ... Read More »

Q&A with Anne-Marie Westby

Anne-Marie Westby classroom

Anne-Marie Westby is a Year 2 teacher at St Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park, and since September she has taken on the responsibility as the Summer Surf Girl representative at Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, North Stradbroke Island, raising vital funds.  Q. Did you always want to go into teaching?  A: No, I think originally I wanted to be ... Read More »

Young Brisbane couple make Parisian connection

Erin Kennedy and Devett O'Brien

YOUNG Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy took a year off teaching and headed for Paris looking for a new direction in life and found much more than she could have expected. Out of the blue came love. Having worked hard for eight years to establish her career as a teacher, Erin felt it was time to take stock. She loved teaching ... Read More »

Dominican charism inspires Margaret Lee

Dr Margaret Lee

AFTER a lifetime working in Queensland secondary schools, Margaret Lee is exchanging the classroom for research. In January she will begin working for Brisbane Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts, liaising with universities for BCE. “It’s going to be a bit of everything,” Margaret said. “I’ll be researching and looking at innovative practices that are available out there that BCE ... Read More »

Catholic teacher called to improve lives of indigenous youth

Teacher Majella Ritchie with two indigenous students

MAJELLA Ritchie knew nothing about Australian indigenous culture when she left university two years ago, but in two months she’ll be responsible for a handful of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The teacher at St Flannan’s primary school, Zillmere, is headed to Innisfail in January to greet 90 indigenous children at Radiant Life College, a Christian school giving ... Read More »

Anthony Young’s a natural winner

Anthony Young

SOUTH Brisbane’s favourite music teacher has been named one of Queensland’s most inspiring educators. St Laurence’s College music and English teacher and renowned music director Anthony Young received the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching award on World Teachers’ Day, October 30. More than 30 colleagues, school leaders and former students wrote letters to the QCT “praising his work”. ... Read More »

Leading Catholic teachers win state awards

Catholic teachers win

QUEENSLAND Catholic education’s “alpha and omega” were among those recognised as the state’s most inspiration teachers last week. St Joseph’s Nudgee College principal Daryl Hanly, who will be retiring in December after a 50-year career, and second-year teacher at St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba David Rawson were among five recipients of the Queensland College of Teachers’ Excellence in Teaching awards. Mr ... Read More »

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