Two new Catholic schools have opened in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2012. St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) in North Melbourne will broaden the educational opportunities for young people with additional learning needs. As an Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Youth + centre, St Joseph's will educate students from Year 7 to Year 10 in a co-educational setting. St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School has opened in Tarneit. With almost 200 students on its first day, this opening enrolment for a new Catholic school is unprecedented and is further evidence of the huge demand for Catholic education in Melbourne’s west.
On 14 February, 63 literacy leaders from Catholic primary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne graduated at the Literacy Leadership Graduation Ceremony held at the University of Melbourne. The literacy leaders received one of three postgraduate qualifications – the Specialist Certificate in Literacy Leadership, the Postgraduate Certificate in Literacy Leadership or the Master of Literacy Education – from Dr Mary Oski, from the CEOM. The awards will better enable the literacy leaders to improve the quality of literacy teaching and students’ literacy learning.
More than 2,000 Catholic school students were in full voice on Thursday 15 March 2012 for the annual St Patrick’s Day Mass for Schools at St Patrick’s Cathedral. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Catholic education community of Melbourne. The Mass, which was celebrated by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, began with a symbolic procession of students carrying their school banners into the Cathedral. They were led by our newest Catholic schools and those celebrating major milestones in their history. The concert after the Mass in the Treasury Gardens was popular with the children, even though inclement weather almost forced its cancellation. The rain held off and the children enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawns while being entertained by the Royal Australian Navy Band and by students from four Catholic schools.
St Patrick’s Day Dinner
The annual Archdiocese of Melbourne St Patrick’s Day Dinner was held on Thursday 15 March during Catholic Education Week celebrations. The dinner was a wonderful opportunity for Melbourne’s broader Irish Catholic community to come together. Mike Brady led rousing renditions of Up There St Patrick (sung to the tune of Up There Cazaly).
Professional and Development Culture Accreditation
As part of Catholic Education Week 2012, on Tuesday 13 March, about 100 principals, parish priests, CEOM staff, representatives of regional networks, and other guests gathered at the Treacy Centre, Parkville, to celebrate leadership and learning in Catholic schools. The Minister for Education, the Hon. Martin Dixon MP, presented the 2010–2011 cohort of Professional and Development Culture schools with accreditation certificates.
Inaugural Graduate Teacher Welcome
On 2 May 2012, the CEOM hosted the inaugural Graduate Teacher Welcome Function. There were 135 graduate teachers attending from Catholic primary and secondary schools across the Archdiocese. Archbishop Denis Hart celebrated the Eucharist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, affirming the educational ministry of the graduate teachers. The graduates were warmly welcomed to the sector and the Catholic education community looks forward to their contribution to Catholic education in the coming years.
The 2012 CEOM Student Wellbeing Drama Festival in June was a huge success once again. Fifteen hundred students from 43 schools participated in the event. Congratulations to all participants for their enthusiastic and thoughtful explorations of wellbeing themes. Held over four locations: Moonee Ponds, Nunawading, Geelong and Frankston, at the end of each night of the festival, the judges presented a series of awards which recognised each school’s ability to interpret a theme of wellbeing and present it in a dramatic context as well as awards which recognised elements of stagecraft.
The annual Principals’ Mass and Dinner to celebrate principalship in the Archdiocese was a great opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the enormous contribution principals have made, and continue to make, to Catholic education. It is an opportunity to farewell those leaving principalship in Catholic education and to recognise the contribution of many years of outstanding service. The dinner was also an opportunity to welcome those who began the journey of principalship in 2012 and to celebrate all the year’s highlights and achievements.
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