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CaSPA Submission to Gonski 2.0 Panel on Educating for Excellence

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CCI Supports Principal Health and Well Being

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Daniel Delmage wins 2017 CaSPA Equity Scholarship

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Phil Lewis farewelled as President of CaSPA

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Francis Sullivan meets with CaSPA Board

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Government Policy leads to School Fee Increases

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Gonski 2.0 gives 'dumbed down' curriculums a D-minus

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Catholic Sector anticipates better outcomes from Review of SES

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St Virgils Students head to the chilly south..

Posted on 8 October 2017
St Virgils Students head to the chilly south..

Above: Australian Antarctic Division director Nick Gales, far right, with St Virgil's College students at the naming announcement for the New Australian icebreaker the RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah), meaning southern lights in palawa kani. Picture: ALEX LUTTRELL

SIX St Virgil's College, Austin's Ferry, students are set to embark on the school trip of a lifetime after one of the school's students won a competition to name Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker.

Haidar Alnasser was named as the winner of the Australian Antarctic Division's "Name our Icebreaker" competition.

Haidar's suggested name for the new $1.9 billion ship was the RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah), meaning Southern Lights in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

The name was also suggested by a student from Secret Harbour Primary in Perth, WA.

Haidar's prize is a trip to Antarctica with five other students and two teachers from the College.

The group along with six students from Secret Harbour Primary will journey to Antarctica in November.

The keel of the Nuyina was laid last month, with the vessel scheduled to arrive in Hobart in 2020 and embark on its maiden voyage at the end of that year.

There were 800 entries in the national competition.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has formally approved use of the name.


From: ALEX LUTTRELL, Mercury

September 29, 2017 10:18pm 

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Cairns 2018 - Conference Program now available

Posted on 8 October 2017

Australian Catholic Principals Conference  Cairns   15-17 July, 2018


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Cairns 2018 - Expressions of Interest Now Open

Posted on 7 October 2017

Australian Catholic Principals Conference  Cairns   15-17 July, 2018


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Students from Melbourne Catholic Colleges give up their Friday evenings to help refugees

Posted on 7 October 2017
Students from Melbourne Catholic Colleges give up their Friday evenings to help refugees

Above: It is wall to wall, tutors, students and school bags on Friday night at St Ignatius Hall, Richmond

Melbourne Catholic recently paid a visit to the Friday Night School, a unique charity offering tutoring for migrant and refugee students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

The program, available to pre-schoolers, primary and secondary students as well as their parents, was established in 1996 by Margaret Gurry AM.

Richmond's St Ignatius' Parish hall hosts approximately 200 students each week that are tutored by dedicated secondary school students from a variety of Melbourne's schools including:

  • Xavier College
  • Genazzano FCJ College
  • Loreto Mandeville Hall
  • Star of the Sea College
  • Sacre Coeur
  • St Kevin's College

The students and tutors arrive at St Ignatius brimming with energy and enthusiasm despite the regular school week having already culiminated.

The progam's particpants travel from various corners of Melbourne to be a part of the sessions on the cusp of the weekend, with some former students now giving back and tutoring.


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A Great Story about using ICT to overcome remoteness

Posted on 5 October 2017
A Great Story about using ICT to overcome remoteness
These students from the "outback" know what it takes to be a social entrepreneur in the US, an international pop mogul, and will soon have amateur expertise in natural medicines used in India.

They can also speak a little Arabic.

It's a trove of global knowledge that the IT teacher from Hawkesdale P-12 College - Anne Mirtschin [above] - has worked hard to facilitate, intent on using technology to usher her rural school's 220 students out of their small pocket of the woods.

"We don't have mobile phone service where we are," Mirtschin admits, "but we have reasonable wifi and bandwidth now."

"I've always had to teach in areas that I'm not really certain of and I'm happy to be in that space now and take the risk"

Risk-taking, it seems, has certainly paid dividends for the Victorian educator.

She recalls that pivotal moment when, having returned to the classroom after an eight-year break, her career took a swift turn towards technology.

"When I stepped into my second class of the day there was a room of computers and I had not seen a computer [before].

"I had to be honest with the students, I said, 'c'mon, can we learn together?'" Mirtschin laughs.

"[Since then] I've always been on the cutting edge of any of the new tools that have come out."

The only Australian to have recently snagged one of six prestigious Making IT Happen awards for her pioneering leadership in the tech ed space, Mirtschin has build up an extensive network of educators from all corners of the globe, thanks to her 'Tech Talk Tuesdays' webinars and edublog.

Most find their (virtual) way into Hawkesdale via Skype in the Classroom.

"My kids work in small groups with kids from other countries, like New Zealand, America, Canada we've had the Middle East in there as well, so they work together to research and then produce a product they share on their research"

Mirtschin has also connected her otherwise "geographically and culturally isolated" students to the likes of music producer Mark Ronson, Call of Duty game developers, and an author based in New York.

"A lot of our kids are on beef farms, sheep farms so we've linked up with students at a Japan university to show them what it looks like in the supermarket over there," she notes.

Next on the cards is a collaborative project on oceans with a Taiwanese school, plus a 'pollution and traffic' investigation with a group of New Delhi students.

By Sarah Duggan
Published September 20, 2017 on Education HQ

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