The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has welcomed in the new year with a function for its key partners in education in Queensland last Friday 7 February.
Around 90 people, including Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane, the Most Rev Brian Finnigan, Acting Chair of Catholic Religious Australia – Queensland, Sr Libby Byrne, Deputy Director-General of Education Queensland, Patrea Walton, and Executive Director of Independent Schools Queensland, David Robertson attended the function at the Francis Rush Centre in Brisbane.
QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne said the function was an opportunity to strengthen partnerships and professional relationships as the new school year gets under way.
“We are privileged in Queensland to enjoy a strong spirit of collegiality across State, Catholic and Independent education sectors.
“Events like this are an opportunity to build on these relationships,” he said.
“2014 is shaping as another busy year and one that will require many professional conversations to achieve the best outcomes for Queensland children.
“From the QCEC perspective, the review of the Australian curriculum and Queensland senior assessment processes along with the historic move of Year 7 to secondary from 2015 will be among the big issues on the agenda,” Mr Byrne said.
In his address, Mike Byrne also remembered the recent passing of well-respected member of the Catholic education community, Tim Devlin, and the importance of human connectedness, particularly at such difficult times.