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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

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

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

Spirit of Catholic Education Awards recipients
Spirit of Catholic Education Awards recipients
26 July 2022

The Spirit of Catholic Education Awards are presented annually in conjunction with Catholic Education Week to celebrate the outstanding contributions to Catholic education in Queensland. Recipients are members of our school communities who are making an outstanding contribution to the life of the sc

Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) Awards
Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) Awards
26 July 2022 | By Louise Vella-Cox

The Catholic Education Deus Caritas Est Award is our most prestigious student award.  It is presented to one secondary student from each school in the diocese. Each school is to nominate one representative who meets all or most of the criteria. The award is inspired by the encyclical &ldqu

SMMC Diplomats' Club
SMMC Diplomats' Club
26 July 2022 | By Summer Foran, Georgia Ford and Ryanne Girgenti

The Diplomat's Club is a student club that was created at the beginning of 2022 for the express purpose of discussion. As online media brings us news of the events happening in our global community, particularly the invasion of Ukraine, many students here at St Margaret Mary’s have felt the ne

Embracing the Italian Culture at SMMC
Embracing the Italian Culture at SMMC
26 July 2022 | By Kathy Park

Year 10 Italian students at St Margaret Mary’s College actively lived out the traditional Italian experience through cooking and sharing a homemade meal. Using a machine gifted from a past student, students were able to build on the College values of hospitality and community by sharing the pa

Leading the way in Indigenous Education
Leading the way in Indigenous Education
23 June 2022 | By Leisa Leon

When it comes to Indigenous Education, Townsville Catholic schools strive to deliver an engaging educational experience, through opportunity, strategic support, and celebration of culture. Students are at the centre of all that we do, whether that is supporting our students’ educational goals,

Relay for Life at Burdekin Catholic High School
Relay for Life at Burdekin Catholic High School
23 June 2022 | By Antonetta Dalle Cort

On July 30th, Burdekin Catholic High School has over fourteen Year 7 students registered to participate in Relay for Life. The entire Year 7 cohort has supported these students by organising a sweets stall to raise money for the relay.  The sweets stall is held during second break each day and

Surviving the School Holidays - helpful tips
Surviving the School Holidays - helpful tips
22 June 2022 | By Nyree Buchanan

Fashion students at SMMC take on a new (wild) adventure
Fashion students at SMMC take on a new (wild) adventure
22 June 2022 | By Marianne Milani

We have all heard the saying in theatre, ‘never work with children or animals’, the courageous Year 12 Fashion students at St Margaret Mary’s College are bravely doing both.  Led by local theatre director, Carla Lejarraga and head of costume designs, Judy Atzeni and with the s

From Little Things, Big Things Grow
From Little Things, Big Things Grow
10 June 2022 | By Kathy Park

From the humble covered sport shelter to the magnificent Benedictine Place, St Margaret Mary’s College delighted in the official Opening and Blessing of our brand-new facilities on Thursday 2 June. The community came together to witness the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Charles Bal

PE Teacher by Day...Rugby League Star by Night
PE Teacher by Day...Rugby League Star by Night
8 June 2022 | By Alisha Foord

Get to know Alisha Foord, PE teacher at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Rasmussen and part of the Gold Stars 2022 Squad. How long have you been a teacher?I began teaching in term 2, 2021. I am currently in my second year of teaching. What made you want to become a teacher?I have always love

Fundraising drive for the people of Ukraine
Fundraising drive for the people of Ukraine
7 June 2022 | By Hailey Penna-Collins

Southern Cross Catholic College’s Year 11 student, Hailey Penna-Collins took it upon herself to start a week-long fundraising drive for the people of Ukraine. She met with the College Leadership team for approval, came up with ideas and rallied her troops to get multiple fundraising ideas. Hai

For the Love of Reading and Writing
For the Love of Reading and Writing
3 June 2022 | By Amanda Banister and Rachael Hood

As parents, we always  want the best for our children. One thing you can do to give your child the best start in developing their reading and writing skills, is to  talk with your child.  And read. read, read and read some more. The earlier you take an active role in your child’

National Volunteer Week Project
National Volunteer Week Project
26 May 2022 | By Maria Daniel and Lilly Henningsen

We are the Service and Social Justice leaders at Southern Cross Catholic College, Annandale. Volunteers are the backbone of our community, and this year we wanted to show the charities involved in our school community just how grateful we are for their services and support.  We wanted to draw

Talking to your child about cyber safety
Talking to your child about cyber safety
26 May 2022 | By Christie Sinclair

Talking to children,  no matter their age, about safety online is as important as talking to children about stranger danger.  The reality is that one in four children will experience something online that can make them unsafe.  There are many risks online and it is important that fami

St Benedict's continues paving the way for sustainability
St Benedict's continues paving the way for sustainability
26 May 2022 | By Penny Collins

St Benedict’s Catholic School, Shaw is proof that showcasing world-class sustainability is possible, no matter the size or scale of a project. The Prep to Year 6 school is known as one of Australia’s greenest schools, embracing sustainable practices for the natural and built environments

Principal's Reflection - National Reconciliation Week
Principal's Reflection - National Reconciliation Week
26 May 2022 | By Kathleen McCarthy

Almost thirty years ago in the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Australia held its first Reconciliation Week activity - a week of Prayer for Reconciliation. This was an event celebrated by Australia’s major faith communities of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism

What you need to know about the ‘Huggy Wuggy’ trend on TikTok and YouTube
What you need to know about the ‘Huggy Wuggy’ trend on TikTok and YouTube
12 May 2022 | By Katherine Olsen

You may have heard about the latest TikTok craze involving Huggy Wuggy, which is a character from horror survival game Poppy Playtime. The game is a scary experience designed to thrill and unsettle. It has been rated suitable for 13 year olds. It features a sense of threat and dread throughout as th

Celebrating Laudato Si' Week
Celebrating Laudato Si' Week
12 May 2022 | By Mary Mudge

Laudato Si’ Week, a celebration of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home, and a call to action for Catholics around the world, is being celebrated 16-24 May, 2022.  What is Laudato Si’?In 2015,  Pope Francis wrote to the world, and Cathol

Helping our children navigate the digital world safely
Helping our children navigate the digital world safely
10 May 2022 | By Christie Sinclair

Safer Internet Day was held on the 8th of February 2022.   It is a worldwide annual event that raises awareness about online safety and encourages everyone to help create a safer internet. Understanding the risks is vital in ensuring that children and young people have a safe experience on

Japanese Immersion at St Anthony's Catholic College
Japanese Immersion at St Anthony's Catholic College
10 May 2022 | By Yuki Kotani

St Anthony’s Catholic College is the only school in Townsville to offer a Bilingual program. This unique approach to education is shown to strengthen the learner’s ability to process information, which prepares them for higher-level thinking skills and enhances brain development. Led by