CATHOLIC KINDERGARTENS, PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE OF ROCKHAMPTON (STRETCHING FROM BUNDABERG TO MACKAY AND WEST TO LONGREACH) WILL JOIN CATHOLIC EDUCATION COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE TO MARK CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 2017 WITH A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND CELEBRATIONS.
Catholic Education Week is an opportunity for Catholic schools to celebrate their distinctive mission and ethos.
This year’s Queensland focus is Sharing the Journey and invites all in Catholic education, staff, students, parents and friends to experience further and more deeply those attributes which are vital to Catholic schools. Providing a learning environment that is spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging and emotionally caring, Catholic school communities continue to provide support to lifelong learners so that they will be able and willing to envision and contribute to the creation of a just, equitable and compassionate world. Here in the Diocese of Rockhampton our Catholic schools strive not just to be different but to make a difference in the lives of the young people entrusted to our care.
This year we are delighted to have two state winners in the Annual Spirit of Catholic Education Awards. These awards aim to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals within the Catholic education community and are presented annually as part of Catholic Education Week celebrations in Queensland.
Sr Mary Stallard, rsm, a Sister of Mercy from (Bundaberg) has received the Diocesan Award for her outstanding contribution to Catholic Education over many years.
The Aunty Joan Hendricks Spirit of Catholic Education Reconciliation Award was initiated in 2012 and recognises an outstanding contribution to Reconciliation by a member of the Queensland Catholic education community. This year’s state winner is Mrs Coral Way, Indigenous Education Coordinator, Catholic Education Office, Rockhampton.
Both Sr Mary and Coral will be recognised at the 6.00pm Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral Rockhampton on Saturday 22 July (along with the other 34 nominees from our schools and colleges) and will receive their official awards at the Launch of Catholic Education Week being held this year at St Andrew’s Catholic College, Cairns on Wednesday 25 July.
Our 8 Kindergartens, 31 Primary schools and 8 Colleges are founded on a strong Catholic ethos enabling the spirit of Jesus Christ to permeate all aspects of life in our educational communities. We encourage anyone who is interested in a Catholic education for their child to check out our website or visit your nearest Catholic Kindergarten, Primary school or College.