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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
The Spirit of Catholic Education Awards have been announced for 2017! Congratulations to our Cairns Diocese recipient Ben Smith for his work at Mt St Bernard College in Herberton! Benjamin Smith Mount St Bernard College, Herberton (now at St Andrew’s Catholic College) It takes a brave, courageous teacher to stand up for the vulnerable[…]
An update from Cairns CES Executive Director Bill Dixon on the new Commonwealth school funding plan and its likely impact on Cairns Catholic schools and Catholic schools nationally. Letter to Catholic Education Community re Funding
Queensland Department of Health has issued a request to disseminate information to schools so that staff and parents/guardians are informed, prepared and proactive as we enter the influenza season. The Department of Health advises: With the influenza season just around the corner it is an opportune time to actively encourage influenza vaccination. This year the[…]
Cairns Catholic schools have echoed national and state concerns regarding the lack of clarity in the new Federal Government school funding plan. Catholic Education Services Executive Director Bill Dixon said the sector had not been involved in meaningful consultation with the Commonwealth regarding the plan. “Our bottom line is we want to make sure our[…]
From Monday 6 February, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin a three-week hearing focused on the Catholic Church. In particular, the hearings will focus on the current child protection practices within Catholic Church authorities in Australia, factors that contributed to the occurrence of abuse in the past, and past and[…]
Changes to Senior assessment and tertiary entrance will apply from Year 11 in 2019. Read more in the ‘Advancing Futures – New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems in Queensland’ brochure.
Following New Approaches bargaining in the Fair Work Commission between Catholic School Authorities and the Independent Education Union of Australia, in principle agreement has been reached on a number of matters. The parties will now work together to finalise a replacement agreement for the consideration of school staff prior to a final ballot being held.
May 6, 2016: Catholic school employer representatives and IEUA representatives participated in a conference facilitated by the Fair Work Commission under the New Approaches program. The parties have been participating in this program with a view to moving towards resolving the current enterprise bargaining negotiations.
Contrary to claims by the Independent Education Union that teachers in Queensland Catholic schools are worse off than their counterparts in New South Wales, weekly wages for both are comparable, as the following table shows.