COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 26 July - 1 August this year. The
annual celebration of Catholic Education is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and
to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day.
The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Engaging Minds. Igniting Hearts. Serving Others. Catholic
education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community
by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential.
During the week, the college will participate in a selection of activities as part of Catholic Education Week. A short prayer
service will be held in the chapel on Monday morning; student leaders will attend masses in Cairns and Dimbulah as part
of celebrations across the diocese.
There are 299 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 147,000 students and employ almost 18,000 teachers
and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.
NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES
During the recent holiday Mr Finch and I travelled to Adelaide for the Boarding Australia Conference. It gave us a great
opportunity to meet with other residential managers, swap ideas and gain new insights. The main focus of this year’s
conference was the introduction of the new National Standards for Residential Colleges.
At present this will be a voluntary process. It is expected that in the not too distant future, this framework will become
compulsory for accreditation right across Australia.
MSB is already operating to a very high standard with many state of the art facilities. Covering all areas of residential life
from Student Wellbeing, to Staff Training and Finances ,this framework will allow us the opportunity to reflect carefully
on our current practices and give us a direction for the future. Very exciting!
The school has been undergoing some significant works programs during the break. The roads and carparks have been
resurfaced, Bernard’s boys’ extension is almost complete and work will commence on our new Transition House next month.
This is a significant new development and will enable us to employ a full time Transition Coordinator to run this program. More details will be provided in future newsletters. This role will be advertised nationally from the weekend of 25th/26th July.
CAIRNS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
Congratulations to all the aspiring
young artists from MSB that
participated in the Cairns Show. In
the Indigenous Art Section, Alexis came 1st place for her
mask, (right), Collis 2nd for his
NAIDOC poster (left), and Ursula
received a Highly Commended award
for her painting. (centre). In the Visual Art section, Ronin Spartalis received
3rd place for his dog drawing. Excellent effort.
WOOLWORTHS‘ EARN AND LEARN IS ON AGAIN
We are excited to be taking part in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program again this year. You can help
our school by collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Points. Just collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Points
when you shop at Woolworths between Monday 15 July and Tuesday 8 September 2015. We will redeem
these for awesome educational resources for our school.
For more information go to: woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn.
If you have any questions, please ask for Chris Weedon at the MSB Library. Phone 4096 1444
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