Bangarra Dance Theatre recently treated twenty Mount St Bernard (MSB) College students to an exclusive performing arts workshop on the main stage at the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre. The professional dance troupe made time for the students while they were in Cairns performing their last show of the Bennelong Regional Tour in March. Students[…]
Catholic Education Services Cairns is giving change to charity with the help of the Queensland Government’s Containers for Change scheme.
Catholic Education’s annual Safeguarding Children Conference will be held on Saturday, 27 April, from 8am to 3pm, at Pullman Cairns International. The event is organised by the Professional Standards Office as part of the Cairns Diocese’s ongoing commitment to protecting all children. The 2019 conference theme is “Stronger Communities, Safer Children” and all leadership, staff and parents[…]
The start of the 2019 academic year has brought with it a new and exciting religious education program, ‘Catholic Faith in Action’ (CFiA), in the senior secondary years of education across all schools in the Cairns Diocese.
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[…]
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[…]