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    Catholic Education Week celebrations

    Catholic Education Week was held throughout the Archdiocese in March 2014. The theme was Entrust Yourselves to God and Dare to Dream, and was based on the words of Pope Francis in 2013 and his encouragement to young people at World Youth Day. The Mass of St Patrick for Schools began with a procession of school banners into St Patrick’s Cathedral, led by Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Sunbury, celebrating its 150th anniversary. It was a joyous celebration with over 2,000 students from schools in the Archdiocese.

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    A Young Speakers Colloquium for Year 10 students was held at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne. Collingwood football player Nick Maxwell spoke about the importance of focus, commitment and determination in achieving personal goals. Ambassador for the National Stroke Foundation, Brooke Parsons, was similarly inspiring, showing immense mental strength and fortitude in overcoming obstacles to realise her dreams.

    Ten schools celebrated significant anniversaries in 2014:

    150 Years

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Sunbury

    125 Years

    Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
    Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
    Sacred Heart School, Kew

    75 Years

    Holy Name School, Preston East

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    50 Years

    St Joseph’s Primary School, Boronia
    Mount St Joseph Girls’ College, Altona
    St Thomas More’s School, Hadfield
    St Monica’s College, Epping

    First Year

    St Mary of the Cross, Point Cook

    Celebrating Leadership and Learning in Catholic Schools

    In March 2014 Minister for Education, the Hon. Martin Dixon, joined over one hundred people at the Catholic Leadership Centre for Celebrating Leadership and Learning in Catholic Schools.

    Minister Dixon addressed the audience before presenting PDC accreditation certificates to principals of seven newly accredited schools: St Louis de Montfort’s School, Aspendale; St Thomas The Apostle School, Blackburn; St Francis Xavier School, Frankston; and St Agnes’ School, Highett.

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    St Patrick’s Day Dinner  

    The annual St Patrick’s Day Dinner, held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in East Melbourne, brought together leaders from across the city’s political, business, and education communities. The evening also provided a platform for talented performers Louis Reed, St Ignatius College Geelong, Drysdale; Celine Torres, Mackillop Catholic Regional College, Werribee; and dancers from St Columba’s College, Essendon, to showcase routines and music from the CEOM ‘Time to Shine’ Gala concert.

    Graduate Teacher Welcome

    On Wednesday 2 April 2014, the CEOM hosted the third Archdiocesan Graduate Teacher Welcome Function, with over 190 graduate teachers from Catholic primary and secondary schools across the Archdiocese in attendance.

    Archbishop Denis Hart celebrated Eucharist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, affirming the educational ministry of the graduate teachers with his blessing. The Archbishop reflected on the gifts and talents the graduate teachers bring to their new roles, as well as reminding them of the balance between wisdom and enthusiasm as they strengthen their professional expertise.

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    Official Opening of the Catholic Leadership Centre

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    The Catholic Leadership Centre (CLC) celebrated its official opening with a blessing by His Grace, Archbishop Denis Hart, on Tuesday 27 May 2014.

    The Executive Director of Catholic Education, Mr Stephen Elder, and representatives from Catholic congregations and supporting organisations attended the occasion where a plaque was unveiled by the Archbishop and Mr Elder to acknowledge the site’s formal opening.

    Canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

    On Sunday 27 April 2014 Pope Francis canonised Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

    Pope John XXIII believed that in order for the Church to engage and progress in the 20th century it needed to speak with a stronger voice to the world community. He called the Second Vatican Council, a significant step toward opening the doors of the Church and revitalising it from within.

    Pope John Paul II was elected Pope on 16 October 1978. During his 26 years as Pope he travelled extensively throughout the world, spreading the gospel, strengthening interfaith dialogue and working for peace.

    God’s healing and transforming grace touched our lives through these saints. Their evangelising message of Jesus’ saving action and God’s love continues to inspire our lives and our teaching.

    A Time to Shine

    The Catholic Education Office Melbourne proudly presented a Catholic schools performing arts extravaganza, called Time to Shine, on Saturday 13 September 2014 at the iconic Palais Theatre in St Kilda, as a matinee and an evening show. It showcased the artistic talents of up to 400 secondary students from Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. It highlighted Catholic education’s strong commitment to the performing arts. Our students featured as dancers, musicians and singers in this high-calibre artistic production. The two-hour entertainment line-up, jam-packed with 26 acts, both delighted and enthralled audiences.

    The photo gallery for the event can be seen here.

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