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Love Bites
Love Bites
1 December 2022

Townsville Catholic Education is committed to providing our students access to programs and learning that may not exactly fit in the box of traditional schooling. One of these programs offered is the highly successful Love Bite program. Originally developed in in NSW in 2004, Love Bites is based on

Fostering Empathy in Children is Crucial
Fostering Empathy in Children is Crucial
1 December 2022 | By Simone Cook

As seen in pakmag As parents, we are always hopeful that our parenting has provided our children with the skills required for them to flourish. But what does that really mean, and how do we know what aspects of parenting are going to help ensure this happens? Research tells us that being emotionally

The Dangers of Vaping Among Young People
The Dangers of Vaping Among Young People
17 November 2022 | By Katherine Olsen

Over recent years, viral online trends involving vaping have become increasingly popular and rates of vaping amongst young people is steadily rising.  A dangerous trend which has surfaced this year involved the use of Nitrous Oxide bulbs, or commonly referred to as ‘Nangs’. Although

The Writing Project
The Writing Project
17 November 2022 | By Rachael Hood

The boardroom at Townsville Catholic Education office was abuzz with excitement last Thursday as the seven Writing Project schools  from across the Townsville Diocese joined together in a celebration writing.  Participants have recently completed their first year of a two year professional

Innovative Teaching in Our Schools
Innovative Teaching in Our Schools
17 November 2022 | By Nyree Buchanan

In semester one this year, two P-12 Colleges within the Townsville Diocese took the opportunity to deliver learning and teaching a little differently! Columba Catholic College in Charters Towers partnered with St Anthony’s Catholic College to teach Physics to a combined group of Year 11 and 12

Remembrance Day - Draw To Remember
Remembrance Day - Draw To Remember
16 November 2022

Remembrance day – Draw to Remember Ahead of Remembrance Day this year, the RSL QLD approached our local schools to engage students in a creative and colourful mural while reflecting what Remembrance Day means to them.  The newly launched ‘Draw to Remember’ pilot initiative off

St Colman's School enriched with resilience
St Colman's School enriched with resilience
16 November 2022

Source: https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2022/10/25/st-colmans-school-enriched-with-resilience/ St Colman’s School, nestled among the picturesque cane fields of Home Hill, has joined the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ team of schools enriching their community with GEM (gratitude, e

Step into Prep
Step into Prep
2 November 2022 | By Amanda Banister

Supporting Your Child to Step Into Prep in 2023 Starting school is an important and exciting milestone for children and families.  A positive transition to school sets children up for a love of learning. Families play a critical role in supporting their children as they step into Prep. Here are

Day for Daniel
Day for Daniel
2 November 2022

Day for Daniel is Australia's largest child safety education and awareness day. The theme this year is π˜½π™§π™–π™«π™š π˜Ύπ™€π™£π™«π™šπ™§π™¨π™–π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨. Parents, carers and educators are encouraged to start a conversation with children about personal safety.For more informat

Celebrating our Teachers!
Celebrating our Teachers!
2 November 2022

A job like no otherAfter only three years as a teacher, Brooke Stevenson knows she’s in the right place and has already begun making a difference in students’ lives.Destined to be a teacher from a very young age, Brooke was inspired by her pre-school teacher and could even

Ryan Catholic College student off to Italy!
Ryan Catholic College student off to Italy!
19 October 2022

Congratulations to  Ryan Catholic College Year 12 student, Louise, who has been awarded the StuditaliA prize by the Queensland Department of Education and the Consulate of Italy. This statewide prize recognises students who have demonstrated commitment and achieved excellence in Italian.Louise

Ryan Primary Girls AFL Team compete at the State Titles
Ryan Primary Girls AFL Team compete at the State Titles
18 October 2022

Ryan Catholic College is extremely proud to offer our students from Year 4 - 12 the opportunity to be involved in our AFL Academy. Since its inception in 2019, the AFL Academy has gone from strength to strength. The Academy is not just an elite program but one open to all students. Anyone that would

School Law Conference
School Law Conference
18 October 2022 | By Katherine Olsen

Yesterday,  Wednesday 19 October, we hosted our bi-annual School Law Conference at the Ville Resort-Casino. The one day conference focused on implications of changing legislation, school liability and legislative trends. The event’s keynote speaker, Melinda Tankard Reist is an author

QLD Mental Health Week Carnival
QLD Mental Health Week Carnival
18 October 2022 | By Annan Whittington

The 4th instalment of the Queensland Mental Health Week 9s Carnival was the biggest and most evenly contested yet. Last Friday (14 October), 14 Rugby League 9s teams across both the boys and girls divisions competed for the annual Bishop Putney Shield at the Townsville Sports Reserve. Congratulation

Mental Health & Wellbeing Roadshow a success!
Mental Health & Wellbeing Roadshow a success!
18 October 2022 | By Leisa Leon

Last week the Mental Health & Wellbeing Roadshow was held, which saw a group of deadly presenters travel all over the Townsville Diocese to discuss the importance of mental health and share their stories and strategies on how to cope. The Emerging Leaders Initiative Scheme is Townsville Catholic

Eco Warriors
Eco Warriors
10 October 2022

On Tuesday 13 September, 100 of our school students were Eco Warriors, fighting for the environment at our 11th Eco Warrior’s Day.Eco Warriors’ Day 2022 was held at St Clare's Catholic School on Tuesday 13th September and students and teachers arrived ready to take action and learn more

Maggies' Festival #11 - We are Back
Maggies' Festival #11 - We are Back
14 September 2022 | By Nancy Nicholson

What a great feeling for our 115 students (and our Arts staff) involved in this year's Maggies' Festival -to be able to perform to an audience again after going though a couple of years performing via Livestream and small audience events.  Our own Benedictine Place was the chosen venue and as o

Annual Festival of Sport
Annual Festival of Sport
8 September 2022 | By Melinda Holmes

On Thursday 1 September nine schools from across the Townsville Diocese came together to participate in the Annual Festival of Sport Carnival. This is an amazing opportunity for year six students within our Diocese to come together to showcase not only their skills, but to mingle with other stu

Indigenous Education Graduation Liturgy
Indigenous Education Graduation Liturgy
6 September 2022 | By Krista O'Connor

Last week we held our 2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduation Liturgy and Awards presentation. This is a rite of passage for our Indigenous Secondary students and marks the beginning of the next stage of their lives. More than 100 students travelled from across the Diocese to cele

Blak Excellence
Blak Excellence
6 September 2022 | By Leisa Leon

On Thursday 1 September, our Blak Excellence lunch was held at The Ville Resort-Casino, which was an aspirational afternoon for Townsville Catholic Education’s graduating First Nations Year 12 students. The afternoon was hosted by the Emerging Leaders Incentive Scheme which is a Fede

Readers Cup
Readers Cup
6 September 2022 | By Timothy Ham

Readers Cup is a Queensland based academic event which harnesses the reading skills of students within a competitive environment.  To be successful in this competition, students are asked to read and comprehend five age specific books. At the regional competition 25 teams from many Townsville a

Mr Horner's birthday at St Anthony's
Mr Horner's birthday at St Anthony's
26 August 2022

We were all seeing double at St Anthony’s Catholic College on the 5th August, in celebration of Mr Horner's birthday. Staff and students were all Mr Horner look a like’s with everyone wearing beards, plaid shirts, and glorious ties to wish the beloved principal a special happy birthday!

Celebrating our Speech Pathologists
Celebrating our Speech Pathologists
25 August 2022

This week we celebrated Speech Pathology Week: 21-28 AugustThe Australian Bureau of Statistics has established that 1.2 million Australians have a communication disability. Speech pathologist and Inclusive Education Coordinator, Morgan Lund, is highlighting the week’s theme: Good Communication

St Teresa's celebrates NAIDOC Week
St Teresa's celebrates NAIDOC Week
25 August 2022 | By Paula Henderson

Families from St Teresa's and St Patrick's College this year travelled from their home communities to celebrate this year's NAIDOC. Over 800 family members and friends of the school communities, gathered on Warrgamay Country (Abergowrie) to dance, sing, cook, share, listen, yarn and celebr

Rugby League stars in the making!
Rugby League stars in the making!
25 August 2022 | By Annan Whittington

The inaugural North Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League (NQISSRL) team took to the field at the Hutchinson Builders Centre (NQ Cowboys), on Sunday 21 August against the touring Northern Territory Titans. The NQISSRL team was made up of girls from 7 of the 10 QISSRL eligible schools

Mulkadee Wrap Up
Mulkadee Wrap Up
11 August 2022

What a week and what an amazing show that led us on a journey Into the Unknown!  On Friday, 23 July, the students lifted the roof off the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre with guitars, singing, strings and outstanding acting to a sell-out crowd.  The Mulkadee Youth Arts Fes

Self Care During Isolation Periods
Self Care During Isolation Periods
10 August 2022 | By Katherine Olsen

Self care has never been more important, especially during and after periods of social isolation. There are many people in our community that will need additional support and compassion at this time. Many have lost their jobs and have limited income to support themselves and their families and the p

How To Support and Advocate for Your Child with a Learning Difficulty
How To Support and Advocate for Your Child with a Learning Difficulty
10 August 2022 | By Morgan Lund

Schools in Australia aspire to promote equity and excellence, so all young Australians can become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. As parents, there is great excitement, hope and a degree of trepidation your child’s schooling will resul

The Importance of Perspective-Taking for Social Development
The Importance of Perspective-Taking for Social Development
10 August 2022 | By Simone Cook

As seen in PakMag- August issue. As parents, we may aim for a life of ease and tranquillity for our children, but the reality is that there will always be challenges along the way. The secret is to empower young people so they can navigate their way through challenges while interacting positively, r

Birthing kit Foundation
Birthing kit Foundation
3 August 2022 | By Joanne O'Connor

St Margaret Mary’s College became involved with the Birthing Kit Foundation in 2007. That year marked the beginning of our wonderful relationship with ZONTA Townsville Metro. At this time, we involved students from the Year 11 and Year 12 Early Childhood classes. The girls packe