With our kids connected with the outside world via their devices every day, it’s important to understand how you can educate and protect them from any potential threats online.
A production line of dedicated Catholic Education Cairns (CES) staff regularly team up to make sandwiches and pack personal items for homeless people sleeping rough at night in the local area. CES’ Manager of Governance and Engagement, Andrew McKenzie mobilised the organisation’s contribution to the charity ‘Rosies’ almost five years ago. “There are more than[…]
Families are often time poor with mid-week mornings punctuated with prepping porridge while loading up lunch boxes, stuffing school bags and rushing out the door to school drop offs, errands, work or various extra-curricular commitments. Cairns Catholic Education share their tips for creating calm amongst the chaos, plus how their schools can support you and[…]
There is a very high likelihood of a heatwave for the Cairns and greater Northern Queensland region next week. With high humidity, and the temperature set to exceed 38°C, there is an extreme risk of heat stress for both students and staff and it is important that schools are prepared. The followings strategies may assist[…]
Your little one’s introduction to prep can seem equal parts anxiety-inducing and exciting – and it’s important to be prepared for a range of emotions from both yourself as parents and carers as well as from your child. Finding the right school for your family and being prepared to support your little one’s emotional needs[…]
A broad range of timely topics about education law have been undergoing detailed discussion at the Australia New Zealand Education Law Association Ltd (ANZELA) international conference in Cairns this week. The conference theme explores new developments in education and law, with an emphasis on innovative ways of meeting traditional challenges and the needs of regional[…]
In his final public appearance as CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan called on the Catholic community to support the Church leadership in its efforts to address the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Speaking at a public forum in Canberra on Thursday evening, Mr[…]
Cairns Catholic Education are currently running a student video competition! We are giving students the opportunity to win themselves and their schools a share in over $2000 worth of prizes. The competition is open to all ages, and to students from all of our schools. Applications have been extended, and will now close on the[…]
The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth. The Year of Youth invites the Church into prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. It calls for dialogue[…]
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission asked five political parties contesting the Queensland election for their responses to priority issues in Catholic education. These issues are important for Catholic schools to be able to continue to deliver high quality, affordable education in effective contemporary learning environments. The table below summarises the parties’ responses to these key[…]
“Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessens, even corrupts him. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up[…]
Principal David Adams-Jones and parent and P&F representative Lisa Chirio talk about how teachers and parents are working together to be more strategic about parent engagement – everything from a weekly tip in the newsletter to a friendly greeting in the drop-and-go zone.
Principal Sarah Hamilton introduces a process for involving parents to help develop the Holy Cross Way, a guiding document that defines the school’s values. The discussion might even evolve towards a men’s shed to involve Dads in the life of the school!
Transitions officer Flo Cornish talks about a program that encourages remote Indigenous families to stay at the college for short periods, make contact with their children and enrich college programs. Flo also discusses the use of technology to keep in contact with remote families.
Principal Gavin Rick and teacher Kerry Yelavich discuss how new ICT applications allow schools and students to communicate with parents in real time, providing insights for parents and the means for continuing discussions at home.
College Principal Edna Galvin talks about the college’s STAR program to engage parents in a new literacy program that is targeting both extension students and those that need some extra support.
How do we more from random to systematic acts of parent engagement? We need to challenge our assumptions, create welcoming environments for families, build trust and relationships, re-think what we do, and engage in systematic professional development.
Debbie reflects on the local parent engagement practices emerging in Cairns schools and provides some further examples from her native Canada and elsewhere.
Our keynote speaker, Canadian Professor Debbie Pushor introduces the concepts of parent engagement and the way in which both parent and teacher knowledge can work together to improve educational outcomes. She points out that only parents have parent knowledge and that knowledge must be recognised, honoured and utilised in school settings.
Vicar for Education Fr Neil Muir talks about the role of parents in the teachings of the Catholic Church and how parents have a special place in the life of the Catholic school. This video provides a Catholic faith context for parent engagement.