Catholic schools tech upgrade bolsters internet capability

Installation of a next-generation network for Catholic Education, Diocese of Rockhampton, will see high-speed fibre networks provided to all Catholic kindergartens, primary schools and colleges in the Diocese of Rockhampton, significantly increasing bandwidth capability, in some cases by 1000 per cent.

Rollout commences shortly with schools in Emerald and Rockhampton areas to be connected by the end of 2018 and the remainder of centres progressively connected from 2019.

The new network will future-proof our schools and drive digital transformation and innovation in teaching and learning, according to Catholic Education Diocesan Director Leesa Jeffcoat.

“Internet plays a critical role in classroom activities and this new high speed network underpins integral bandwidth-intensive technologies including video-conferencing, collaboration tools, cloud services and emerging technologies,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

Miss Jeffcoat’s comments come ahead of Catholic Education Week which is being celebrated across Queensland from 29 July to 4 August to promote the contribution that Catholic schools make to the community and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day.

“I am very pleased to be able to share with our school communities our continued advancements in technology as we head into Catholic Education Week and celebrate the wonderful teaching and learning that happens in our kindergartens, schools and colleges every day,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

“We have much to celebrate as many of our schools have completed major capital works, in particular, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Longreach, and we are also very excited about our new St Francis Xavier Catholic Kindergarten in Mackay which opened this year and St Anthony’s Catholic Kindergarten in North Rockhampton which will open in 2019,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

A further highlight of the week is the presentation of the Spirit of Catholic Education Award to state recipients, which recognises outstanding service to Catholic Education in Queensland.

School Officer from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Springsure, Gail Jamieson is this year’s state recipient for Catholic Education, Diocese of Rockhampton.

Gail will receive her State Award at the Queensland Launch of Catholic Education Week in Townsville on 31 July.

“We congratulate Gail and all our dedicated staff in Catholic education who strive to make a difference in the lives of students in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

Catholic Education, Diocese of Rockhampton, educates around 16 500 students and employs 3000 teachers and staff across 8 Kindergartens, 31 Primary schools and 8 Colleges, from Bundaberg to Mackay and west to Longreach.

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