The Safeguarding Children’s Conference on April 28 is an annual event organised by the Professional Standards Office as part of the Cairns Diocese’s ongoing commitment to protecting all children. The Professional Standards Office has staff who are trained to deal with and respond to student protection matters, allegations of staff misconduct and parent complaints. The[…]
Ms Sheree Limbrick, head of the Catholic Church’s new safeguarding body, has told more than 85 members of the Toowoomba diocese’s clergy, religious and lay leadership that protecting children from danger in Church environments must be at the very centre of the Church’s mission. “If the safety of children and other vulnerable people is not[…]
Good nutrition aids both learning and positive behaviour. Our Prep teachers offer their advice on what to pack in your Preppy’s lunch box. Hint… fresh is best, packaged and processed – not so good.
Queensland Parents for People with a Disability (QPPD) has produced this booklet to help parents access an inclusive education for their son or daughter, and then make it work for their child. The booklet draws on the findings from research, the thinking of experts on inclusive education, as well as the voices of parents drawing[…]
What level of talking and listening skills should your pre-Prep child have? Our speech pathologists have some advice on what to look out for. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t tick all the boxes but if you have concerns early intervention is recommended.
Reading with your pre-Prep child every day is a great way to develop their talking and listening skills. Our speech pathologists have some great tips on how to read every day – books, street signs, even the sides of buses!
We are pleased to announce the following Key Note Speakers for the upcoming 4th National Diocesan System School Improvement Colloquium. Guest Speakers Father Frank Brennan AO Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan is chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services Australia – the Catholic Church’s peak body for social services in Australia. Fr Frank has been[…]
3 Minute Retreat Daily Online Prayer
Bread and wine, oil and water, flame and light – these are some of the signs and symbols used in the Church’s liturgy. They invite us to reflect on the mystery of our faith. (Source Better Together: Catholic School Advisory Bodies)
Using the Emmaus Story to reflect on seeing things with new eyes. (Source Better Together: Catholic School Advisory Bodies)
Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection – the presence of the Risen Jesus, his Spirit and his Kingdom, today and always. (Source Better Together: Catholic School Advisory Bodies)
What are the key values that define a Catholic school and a Catholic education? How do those values become part of a school’s culture and curriculum? How might a Catholic education help define our future lives? A discussion with leading religious educator Dr Tom Groome from Boston College, USA. 18:10 minutes
So You’re Sending Your Child to a Catholic School is a friendly and gentle introduction to a few of the beliefs and values which make Catholics tick. It is a modest overview for people coming in touch with the Church, perhaps for the first time, or refreshing their acquaintance. You may be a Catholic parent[…]
This research digest, undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research on behalf of the Queensland college of Teachers, provides a very useful review on parent engagement. It looks at: – Why parental engagement is important – Key features of effective collaborators – Critical challenges and issues that teachers and parents may face – Strategies[…]
Are our schools a welcoming place for parents? What can be done to integrate school learning with learning in a home environment? Canadian educator Dr Debbie Pushor discusses the changing role of parents in school communities. 19:53 minutes
This 20 minute video of Anne Henderson from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Washington DC, discusses parent engagement with a group of Catholic educators and parents in Melbourne. While the evidence in favour of parent engagement is compelling, many schools struggle with how to do it effectively. This video is a useful starting point[…]
This seven minute film looks at a structured but informal process that can be adapted by schools to stimulate ongoing parent engagement – why parent engagement matters and how it can be organised to be an ongoing part of the school’s engagement with its parent community. (Link courtesy of the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne).