Cel­e­brat­ing a Catholic mis­sion

Recog­nis­ing out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to ed­u­ca­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - CATHOLIC - Dio­cese of Rock­hamp­ton

CATHOLIC kinder­gartens, pri­mary schools and col­leges through­out the Dio­cese of Rock­hamp­ton will join Catholic ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­ni­ties through­out the state to mark Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week 2017.

Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week is an op­por­tu­nity for Catholic schools to cel­e­brate their dis­tinc­tive mis­sion and ethos.

This year’s Queens­land fo­cus is Shar­ing the Jour­ney and in­vites all in Catholic ed­u­ca­tion, staff, stu­dents, par­ents and friends to ex­pe­ri­ence fur­ther and more deeply those at­tributes which are vi­tal to Catholic schools.

Pro­vid­ing a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that is spir­i­tu­ally nur­tur­ing, in­tel­lec­tu­ally chal­leng­ing and emo­tion­ally car­ing, Catholic school com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to life­long learn­ers.

Here in the Dio­cese of Rock­hamp­ton our Catholic schools strive not just to be dif­fer­ent but to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the young peo­ple en­trusted to our care.

This year we are de­lighted to have two state win­ners in the An­nual Spirit of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Awards.

These awards aim to recog­nise out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions by in­di­vid­u­als within the Catholic ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­nity and are pre­sented an­nu­ally as part of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week cel­e­bra­tions in Queens­land.

Sr Mary Stal­lard, a Sis­ter of Mercy from Bund­aberg, has re­ceived the Dioce­san Award for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to Catholic ed­u­ca­tion.

The Aunty Joan Hen­dricks Spirit of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Award was ini­ti­ated in 2012 and recog­nises an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

This year’s state win­ner is Co­ral Way, Indige­nous Ed­u­ca­tion Co-or­di­na­tor, Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice, Rock­hamp­ton.

Both Sr Mary and Co­ral were recog­nised at the 6pm Mass at St Joseph’s Cathe­dral Rock­hamp­ton on Satur­day (along with the other 34 nom­i­nees from our schools and col­leges).

They re­ceived their of­fi­cial awards at the launch of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week be­ing held this year at St Andrew’s Catholic Col­lege, Cairns on Wed­nes­day.

Our eight kinder­gartens, 31 pri­mary schools and eight col­leges are founded on a strong Catholic ethos, en­abling the spirit of Je­sus Christ to per­me­ate all as­pects of life com­mu­ni­ties.

We en­cour­age any­one who is in­ter­ested in a Catholic ed­u­ca­tion for their child to visit your near­est Catholic kinder­garten, pri­mary school or col­lege.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please phone us on

1800 228 433 or visit rok.catholic.edu.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WELL DE­SERVED: Co­ral Way, Indige­nous Ed­u­ca­tion Co-or­di­na­tor and award win­ner.

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