Queensland’s 298 Catholic school communities will aim to highlight their distinctive educational ethos when they celebrate Catholic Education Week from Sunday 26 July – Saturday 1 August.
This year’s celebrations will focus on the theme Engaging Minds. Igniting Hearts. Serving Others and schools will mark the week with a range of activities including masses and liturgical celebrations, ‘acts of kindness,’ awards presentations, family days, festivals and community events.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission Acting Executive Director Mandy Anderson says Catholic Education Week is a special opportunity to celebrate the distinctive educational ethos of Catholic schools and share the great things they are doing with their local communities.
“Catholic schools aim to provide an educational experience through which every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential – spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally and physically.
“The schools strive to make a difference not only in the lives of their students, but in the wider community, by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society,” she said.
Catholic Education Week in Queensland will be officially launched by Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane on Wednesday 29 July as part of a Festival of Catholic Education being co-ordinated by Brisbane Catholic Education in the grounds of St Stephen’s Cathedral.
A highlight of the launch will be the presentation of the 2015 Spirit of Catholic Education Awards to eight outstanding contributors to Catholic education from around the State by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland.
Minister for Education Hon Kate Jones MP will also attend the launch event and deliver an address. Prior to the launch (from 11.00am), the Minister will join five Catholic school students in a Q&A panel forum. The Q&A will be facilitated by former ABC radio host Madonna King and the topic for the discussion will be Social Media – More harm than good? How would Jesus use social media?
The Official Ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2015 are Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, founders of Orange Sky laundry, a world-first mobile laundry service for the homeless. The 20 year old former St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace school friends, now supported by a board of eight and a team of 40 volunteers, founded Orange Sky Laundry in July 2014. They will share their message of social justice and community service with various groups of students, staff, parents and parishioners during the week.
About 146,000 or 18.5% of all Queensland students, and almost 60% of students in Non-government schools, are educated in one of Queensland’s 298 Catholic schools. More than 18,000 teachers and staff are employed in Catholic education state-wide.
Queensland’s Catholic schools are operated by five Diocesan education authorities in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane, as well as 17 Religious Institute or incorporated school authorities.
“On behalf of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, I extend best wishes to all in the Catholic education community for a joyous and successful celebration of Catholic Education Week 2015,” Mandy Anderson said.
Catholic Education Week in Queensland is proudly sponsored by the QT Mutual Bank, The Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund and the Australian Catholic University.
For more information about Catholic Education Week 2015 please visit catholiceducationweek.com.au, or contact your local Catholic school.
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