Catholic Schools in 2015
St Clare's Catholic School, Truganina South, official opening
Years of planning, preparation and anticipation became a
sweet-sounding reality as students arrived at four brand new Catholic schools
in 2015. It was hard to tell who wore the bigger smiles, the children or their
parents, as primary schools in Truganina South, Tarneit West, Doreen and
Officer welcomed their foundational families.
Executive Director of Catholic Education, Mr
Stephen Elder, said that opening four new schools says a lot about what
Catholic schools have to offer.
‘It’s clear that new and expanding communities in
Melbourne’s outer suburbs and in regional areas expect that a Catholic school
is part of their neighbourhood,’ Mr Elder said. ‘That demand and record enrolment
numbers right across the state are a great vote of confidence in our holistic,
values based approach to education.’
St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Tarneit West
In Victoria in 2015 there were 491 Catholic primary
and secondary schools in operation, with total enrolments beyond 210,000.
New schools in 2015:
College Golden Jubilee Eucharist
Avila College's Golden Jubilee
On Sunday 8
February, the Avila College community gathered at St Patrick's Cathedral for a
special Eucharist to celebrate the Golden Jubilee year of the college.
A few days prior to
the Eucharist, Bishop Edwards visited the college for a day and met with both
staff and students. Bishop Edwards toured the college and visited students in
their classrooms. He noted that the students were fortunate to be at Avila
College during the Golden Jubilee year of the college.
The Eucharist was a
wonderful celebration of the many blessings bestowed upon the Avila community,
both in the past and in the present. The readings, prayers and homily inspired
the congregation to give thanks and the music soared to the heights of the
Cathedral. It was commented by many that the Avila students sang like a choir
Catholic Education Week
Mass of St Patrick for Schools
Archbishop Denis Hart with students from St Aloysius School in Queenscliff
The joy and
excitement of Catholic Education Week was, once again, a brilliant illustration
of the many learning opportunities provided by Catholic schools.
Students were able
to come together in the country’s biggest celebration of Catholic education, to
realise that they are part of something bigger than their individual schools. The
amazing talents on display at the Visual Arts Exhibition and
the Concert in the Park motivated so many, while the Mass
of St Patrick for Schools was a wonderful example of our Catholic
Concert in the Park celebrations
parade represented more than 300 schools and was led by those celebrating
significant milestones in 2015:
in the Park at Treasury Gardens
The Aquinas College, Ringwood, rock band
The sights and sounds of the Concert in the Park at
Treasury Gardens is something students look forward to each year and, as
always, the music was outstanding.
Performers on the day were:
The games and fun activities, organised by Penola Catholic
College, Broadmeadows, were also in high demand.
The Young Speakers Colloquium at the Catholic Leadership
Centre provided secondary students with a unique opportunity to listen and
learn from former and current students who have made an immediate mark on
Former student of Star of the Sea College, Brighton, Sophie
Rudolph – now completing a PhD in Education – spoke of her work researching and
campaigning for improved Indigenous education, while William Wright, current
student at De La Salle College, Malvern, detailed his involvement in the
performing arts gala spectacular, Time to Shine.
Overall, to see Catholic students expressing themselves in
such delightful ways is a great reminder of why the work of school teachers and
leaders is so important. The week was a terrific success, thanks to the
commitment and hard work of staff at Catholic Education Melbourne.
Anzac Celebrations at Aquinas College, Ringwood
Thousands of Catholic students across the
Archdiocese of Melbourne celebrated the Anzac centenary through their studies
and special services commemorating the historic landing at Anzac Cove. A
number of stories of schools celebrating the occasion can be read at:
Graduation celebrations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Year 12 students from Catholic schools across Victoria
On 16 October 2015, 74 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Year 12 students from Catholic schools across Victoria attended a graduation
dinner at the Catholic Leadership Centre to acknowledge and celebrate the
completion of their successful educational journey – and the beginning of their
cultural rite of passage into the next phase of their lives.
The evening commenced with a Welcome to Country by Uncle
Colin Hunter, Wurundjeri Elder, followed by a response from Dr Paul Sharkey,
Director of Catholic Education Services, Catholic Education Melbourne, and Mr
Lionel Bamblett from the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.
The night was well attended by family and friends, as well
as Catholic education and school staff. Each student was presented with a
personalised, Wathaurong glass plaque and a certificate. As the gifts were
presented, there was an opportunity for parents, guardians and teachers to
speak about their child or student, and their accomplishments.
World Teachers Day
This message was sent to teachers on 30 October 2015 in
celebration of World Teachers' Day.
Launch of the Social Justice Statement for Refugees
The launch of the Social Justice Statement
A number of Catholic primary and secondary schools gathered
in Melbourne on Tuesday 15 September on the Harbourside Esplanade at Docklands
where the launch of the Social Justice Statement of the Australian Catholic
Those Who’ve Come across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers
Some were ‘banished’ to a small grassy ‘island’ in an
attempt to imagine the plight of those refugees in detention. Students and
staff listened to scripture readings, were addressed by Bishop Vincent Long,
Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, joined in prayer
and, following Pope Francis at Lampedusa, laid a wreath upon the water in
memory of those who had perished in search of peace and safety.
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