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  • 2014 Catholic Education Week  

    Theme: Entrust yourselves to God and dare to dream


    • Catholic Education Week was held 16–23 March 2014
    • The Mass of St Patrick for Schools and Concert was held Thursday 20 March 2014
    • Visual Arts Exhibition viewing days was held 19–23 March 2015
    • The Visual Arts Awards Ceremony was held Sunday 23 March 2015.


  • 2014 Mass of St Patrick for Schools

    The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, celebrated this year’s Mass of St Patrick for Schools held on Thursday 20 March. The Mass was attended by more than 2,000 students from 329 Catholic primary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Led by Celtic Irish Pipers, each school proudly carried their banner in a procession through the cathedral at the start of the Mass. At the front were 10 schools celebrating a significant anniversary in 2014:

    150 Years
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Sunbury

    125 Years
    Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
    Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
    Sacred Heart School, Kew

    75 Years
    Holy Name School, Preston East

    50 Years
    St Joseph’s Primary School, Boronia
    Mount St Joseph Girls’ College, Altona
    St Thomas More’s School, Hadfield
    St Monica’s College, Epping

    First Year
    St Mary of the Cross, Point Cook

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  • Concert in the Park at Treasury Gardens

    The Concert in the Park was a high-spirited occasion for Catholic school students to share a picnic lunch and be entertained by musical bands and fellow students from Catholic schools. The concert followed the traditional Mass, with students and teachers ‘marching’ down to Treasury Gardens from St Patrick’s Cathedral.

    The talents of four Catholic school student bands had the audience dancing up a storm. The bands were:

    • St Thomas the Apostle Primary School, Blackburn, with drums and a flash mob
    • Avila College in Mount Waverley, with an all-female rock band
    • Whitefriars College Inc., Donvale, with an all-male rock band
    • Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill, with a jazz band.

    Penola Catholic College, Broadmeadows, was also a hit in organising tabloid sports activities during the two-hour concert.

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  • Young Speakers Colloquium

    The Young Speakers Colloquium gave Year 10 students an opportunity to hear two inspiring Victorians share their life story and their personal vision for the future. Though their stories were vastly different, both told of unforeseen challenges and opportunities that had led them to unexpected rewards.

    Brooke Parsons is a former student from MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Werribee. Her life was irrevocably altered when she had a stroke at just 13. With much humility, she described how difficult it had been to adapt to her disabilities after her stroke, not only for herself but also for her family, friends and teachers. She had to learn to walk, talk and function again. With determination and the support of her family and school, Brooke completed her VCE and went on to train as a social worker.

    She co-founded the Young Victorian Stroke Support Group and became an Ambassador for the National Stroke Foundation. In 2001, she was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year for her service to the community. Yet it is her everyday life working with children and being a proud aunt that Brooke that she counts as her greatest joy. She talked of the connection and empathy she felt with children facing major challenges, bringing several to tears as she recalled heartfelt moments as an integration aid at Thomas Carr College in Tarneit, and now through her work at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

    Collingwood football player Nick Maxwell is a former student of St Joseph’s College in Newtown. His talk focused on the importance of commitment, determination and having personal goals. He recalled how Collingwood ‘saw something in me’ when they selected him in the 2003 Rookie Draft, and his gratitude to the club for giving him the space he needed to develop his leadership skills. Nick is now considered one of the most respected and distinguished players in the AFL. Since his debut in 2004, he has played 198 senior games, served as Collingwood captain for five years, and played a significant part in Collingwood’s 2010 Premiership win.

    Nick revealed he had very different personas on and off the football field. Known for his grit and courage on the field, he said off-field he was quieter and more introspective. His vision these days is to focus more on his family and support his wife in her fashion design pursuits. ‘She supported me for the last 10 years, and now it’s her turn to shine,’ he said. Nick also supports several charities associated with animal welfare and children.

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    Colloquium01 - Collingwood footballer, Nick Maxwell, with Students from St Monica's College, Epping  Colloquium02 - Brooke Parsons with students from her former school, MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Werribee 

  • Visual Arts Exhibition

    The 2014 Visual Arts Exhibition, held at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne, was an outstanding success with hundreds of people visiting the venue to enjoy nearly 300 pieces of artwork on show. The depth and diversity of student works, from Prep through to Year 12, was exceptional and made it very difficult for the judging panel to select the 16 prize winners.

    The 2014 winning artwork was:

    Primary school winners: 

    • Eileen Canty Award – Weeping Woman 5 , by Joshua Bregazzi, Year 4, St Peter’s School, Bentleigh East
    • Archbishop’s Award for Religious Art – Woven Psalm by Hannah Gerrey, Year 5, Holy Spirit School, Ringwood North.
    • Australian Catholic University Award for Social Justice – Yearning for Life by Nikolina Cindric, Year 5, St Bernadette’s School, Sunshine North
    • Serra Portraiture Prize – Mosaic Self-Portrait by Ella Manlongat, Year 5, Our Lady of the Pines School, Donvale.
    • Kairos Prize – Jesus Carries His Cross by Catherine Le, Year 6, St Margaret’s Primary School, Maribyrnong.
    • Visual Arts Committee Award – Chickens! By Year 4 Group, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School, Surrey Hills.
    • Visual Arts Catalogue Cover – Spring by Isaac Krslovic, Prep, Our Lady’s School, Craigieburn.
    • People’s Choice Award – Me by Tom Le, Holy Name School, Preston East, Year 6

    Secondary school winners: 

    • Julia Flynn Memorial Award – Botanical Anatomy by Adelle Elksnis, Year 12, Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak
    • Archbishop’s Award for Religious Art – Faith in My Hands by Charmaine Tanwangco, Year 11, Salesian College, Sunbury
    • Australian Catholic University Award for Social Justice – Underage Drinking by Joshua Woods, Year 12, St Monica’s College, Epping
    • Serra Portraiture Prize – Untitled by Natalie Marino, Year 12, Loyola College, Watsonia.
    • Kairos Prize – Sacred Hearts by Jessica Mounas, Emma Walling, Krystal Salloum, Madeline Barr, Year 7, Sacre Coeur, Glen Iris.
    • Visual Arts Committee Award – Yolanda by Indigo Tait-Atkin, Year 9, Presentation College Windsor
    • Catholic Education Week – 2014 Year 12 Award – The Sequence of Gabriella by Stephenie Piazza, Year 12, St Monica’s College, Epping.
    • People’s Choice Award – Fire, Water, Air by Marissa Aldren, Padua College, Mornington, Year 12

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  • Celebrating Leadership and Learning in Catholic Schools

    More than 100 Catholic school leaders and representatives from the Melbourne and Sale Catholic Education Offices, and the University of Melbourne, gathered at the Catholic Leadership Centre to celebrate professional leadership and learning achievements in Catholic schools.

    The event involved two ceremonies:

    • A graduation ceremony for 28 educators from 10 secondary schools who have completed a Postgraduate in Curriculum Leadership through the Contemporary Learning in Catholic Secondary Schools project, a partnership initiative with the University of Melbourne. The project saw each participant design and instigate curriculum change in their school to help deepen the understanding and capacity of curriculum leaders and teachers. Professor Field Rickards, Dean of Education at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, awarded the certificates.
    • Recognition awards for seven schools that have gained Performance and Development Culture (PDC) Accreditation in the past year. A key characteristic of PDC-accredited schools is a strong organisational culture that demonstrates an active commitment to overall excellence and teacher quality. The Minister for Education, the Hon. Martin Dixon, MP, presented accreditation certificates to the following schools:

    Archdiocese of Melbourne 

    • St Louis de Montfort School, Aspendale
    • St Thomas the Apostle School, Blackburn
    • St Francis Xavier School, Frankston
    • St Agnes’ School, Highett

    Diocese of Sale 

    • St Agatha’s Catholic Primary School, Cranbourne
    • St John the Baptist Primary School, Koo Wee Rup
    • St James Primary School, Nar Nar Goon

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