Small school principals loving their lot

There are pros and cons to being a principal of a rural school and living in the country, but three Cairns Catholic Education principals say they wouldn’t have it any other way. Catherine McKechnie, St Teresa’s Ravenshoe Whereas Catherine … [Read More...]

Weipa surging ahead

Stage 2 of St Joseph’s Parish School, Weipa will add two more classrooms, a wet area, extra space for the library and an extension to its flexible learning space, in time for the 2018 school year. “The school has developed a really good reputation … [Read More...]

Music in our schools

Music has been in Jo Langtree’s blood since as far back as she can remember. The St Monica’s Middle Leader - Arts grew up in a musical family where all her five siblings learned music and played together in a band with their mum, a former St … [Read More...]

Rethink needed on visits to orphanages

One of the world’s largest school-based volunteer companies, World Challenge, has announced plans to stop offering trips to orphanages in developing countries after reports indicate the practice of allowing visitors to visit orphanages is actually … [Read More...]

Transformation on track

It started 90 years ago, built out of timber from cyclone-damaged St Monica’s College on the “wrong side of the tracks”. Students used slates and chalk and sat at desks where on rainy days they had to put their feet up to keep them from getting muddy … [Read More...]

Schools embrace Innovative Learning Environments

Five Catholic Education Services senior leaders and 14 principals and school leaders learned firsthand about Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) during a leaders’ study tour to Auckland, New Zealand in September. “We saw how ILE classrooms are … [Read More...]

Engagement a different type of involvement

Parent engagement is the most significant practice that schools can implement because there is nothing that impacts on student outcomes as much as parent engagement.” – Lisa Chirio, Cairns Diocesan P&F Council Parent involvement in schools, … [Read More...]

Story Dogs with tale to be told

Two Cairns Catholic schools are utilising the services of four-legged furry friends to help improve students’ wellbeing, confidence and learning. St Gerard Majella School and Mount St Bernard College have both introduced dogs to their schools this … [Read More...]

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