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Tuesday 18 August, 2020

Ablaze 2020 - Listen to the Spirit

In 2020, Catholic Education Sandhurst in partnership with Sandhurst Youth Ministry and FRG Ministry has brought the experience of the Ablaze events virtually to primary and secondary schools.

Established in 2018, the Ablaze Youth Festival provides an opportunity for young people to come together and celebrate their faith through music and conversation.

Monday 22nd June, 2020

The Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Shane Mackinlay has announced a new and exciting era in the governance of Catholic Education. Following six months of meetings, discussions and listening assemblies, a model of governance has been developed to best serve Catholic Education into the future.

From the beginning, parish priests, principals, school board chairs and Catholic Education Office staff have been part of the conversation to ensure a collaborative approach throughout the discernment. Each stakeholder has played an important role in ensuring the selection of the best governance model for Sandhurst schools.

Wednesday 17 June, 2020

An innovative concept from local architects Y2 Architecture was piloted at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill recently. The school is one of only six schools in the state to test the ‘Unboxy’ prototype, which enables students to create architectural spaces within their classrooms that are safe, productive and inviting!

A Director from Y2 Architecture, Matt Dwyer said the COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted the need to rethink the way we work, engage, learn and teach within the 21st century.  “Unboxy is the first step in creating resilient, adaptive, inclusive classrooms of the future. It offers support of students’ social and emotional needs, whilst maintaining the still-unfolding practical measures required, such as social distancing,” he said.

Friday 17 April, 2020

Catholic Education Sandhurst has officially settled on a parcel of land in Huntly for the construction of the region’s newest primary school. Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst, Mr Paul Desmond said he was delighted to announce the purchase of the property, however, he cautioned that it would be a couple of years before the new school is built.

“Our exploration of the site began in December 2015, when we identified Huntly as an area of significant growth. We have been committed to establishing a Catholic Primary school in the Huntly area ever since,” he said.

Thursday 20 February, 2020

Parish Priests, Principals, School Board Chairs and Catholic Education Office staff gathered in Shepparton this week for the annual two day Leadership Conference. 

More than one hundred leaders attended the event, which commenced on Tuesday evening, February 18, with a Commissioning Eucharist at St Mel’s Church in Shepparton. Bishop Shane Mackinlay presided at the Eucharist, together with diocesan Priests including the Episcopal Vicar for Education, Very Rev Dr Brian Boyle.

Friday 7 February, 2020

Almost sixty students from Sandhurst secondary schools attend the inaugural Student Leadership Day held at the Woolshed in Kialla on Friday February 7.

The focus of the day was ethical and servant leadership in the secondary school context, with activities and presentations that enriched students’ understanding of leadership and how to enact their leadership in an ethical way.

Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Each year, Grade 6 students from the Goulburn Valley Deanery come together for a leadership day held at St Mary's Primary School in Mooroopna.

The day was action packed with inspirational speakers from the sporting world including former captain of the Australian Netball team, Bianca Chatfield and AFL stars Marlion Pickett and Shai Bolton from the Richmond Football Club.

Friday 7 February, 2020

Bishop Shane Mackinlay and the Hon Senator Sarah Henderson joined forces on Friday, February 7th for the official blessing and opening of the new Senior Learning Centre at Holy Rosary Primary School, White Hills.

 The Senior Learning Centre has changed the landscape of the school, creating an innovative learning area for grade 5 and 6 students. The new facilities includes four multi-purpose learning areas catering for modern teaching and learning. 

Friday 6 December, 2019

The official blessing and opening of the Lisieux Centre at St Therese’s Primary School in Kennington took place on Friday, December 6th. The new building, which boasts multiple new classrooms, library and refurbished administration area was officially blessed by the new Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Shane Mackinlay. 

In one of his first official duties since his installation in October, Bishop Mackinlay dedicated the new building to the education of young people.

“We bless and dedicate this new building to the progress of sciences, to learning, to reading and services to students,” said Bishop Mackinlay.

Friday 15 November, 2019

More than 200 student artworks adorn the walls of the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral each year as part of the MacKillop Art Exhibition.

 Colourful paintings, pastels, mosaics, sculptures, photographs and ceramics are submitted by Sandhurst schools from right across the diocese, representing artists from Foundation to Year 12.

The launch for the exhibition took place on Friday November 15 at 6pm. Artists, families and guests attended the event, which celebrates the artistic talents of the diocesan students and acknowledges the art teachers who nurture this creative talent in our schools. The exhibition was inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop and her inspiration to countless generations of Australians. Now in its tenth year, the exhibition continues to grow in size and quality each year.

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