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New Year Greetings to all - may you have a happy and prosperous 2018

Posted on 3 January 2018
New Year Greetings to all - may you have a happy and prosperous 2018

The picture above is one of our NZ Colleagues - Paul Olsen, principal of St Kevins College Oamaru, "piping in" the New Year. As you know Oamaru is on the East Coast of NZ and one of the first places in the World to see in the New Year.

We are indebted to Chris Browne of St Paul's Manly for passing on this picture.

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CaSPA Wishes you all a Happy and Blessed Christmas

Posted on 23 December 2017
CaSPA Wishes you all a Happy and Blessed Christmas

We trust the our Principals and their communities - along with all our Partners, associates and supporters have a restful break.

We look forward to working with you again in 2018.

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A new principal for a new Queensland school

Posted on 22 December 2017
A new principal for a new Queensland school
Paul Begg has been appointed as foundation Principal of St Joseph's College Coomera from the commencement of Term 2, 2018 with the school formally opening in January 2019.

Paul is currently Head of Campus at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough (De La Salle Campus).  Prior to this appointment Paul held the position of Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing at St Joseph's Nudgee College.

Paul has a Masters of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University, a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Human Resource Management and Communication from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Education from Griffith University. This appointment follows public advertising and a selection process involving the parish priest, a representative from the school community and representatives of Brisbane Catholic Education on behalf of the Archdiocese.

The new school's Steering Committee comprised of local parish and community representatives, Parish Priest Fr John Echewodo, and BCE staff put much effort into deciding on the name, which has now been approved by Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

St Joseph's College will be one of three schools receiving pastoral support from the Coomera Parish, which also includes Assisi Catholic College (P-12) at Upper Coomera, and Jubilee Primary School at Pacific Pines.

In addition, it's intended that the secondary year levels at St Joseph's College will attract students from Mother Teresa Primary School at Ormeau and some students from other Catholic and state primary schools on the northern Gold Coast.

St Joseph's is planned as a four-stream primary school (Prep to Year 6) and six stream secondary school (Years 7 to 12).

The 10-hectare site, on Kerkin Road South, is being master-planned to cater for an eventual enrolment of more than 1,800 students, but will open in 2019 with a smaller number of students in Prep to Year 3 and Year 7.

Year levels will be added progressively until the first Year 12 students graduate in 2024.

BCE Executive Director, Pam Betts, said the choice of name was reflective of the values which the school will represent. 

"The Steering Committee very strongly advocated for the new college to embrace the charism of Australia's first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and of the order which she founded, the Josephites," she said.

"The name chosen for the college pays tribute to the full name of that order the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

"We are thrilled that the Sisters have given us their strong support for this, which will strengthen the Josephite charism and values on the Gold Coast.

"The college's motto Courage to Love, Learn and Serve beautifully encapsulates the values and example of St Mary of the Cross, and we are sure these values will inspire the students, staff and families of the new college community," Miss Betts said.

The Steering Committee has also finalised the college's emblem, which will serve as a visual articulation of the school's identity.

Featuring the college colours of gold and teal blue (the signature colour of the Sisters of St Joseph), the emblem represents the college's Catholic identity, its location close to the Coomera River, the green hills and farmlands of the landscape, and the connection the college will provide for the community.

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New Presidents for Jurisdictions in 2018

Posted on 21 December 2017
New Presidents for Jurisdictions in 2018

Above: Adrian Drane has been elected incoming President for CPAT

We congratulate a number of our colleagues on their election to the postion of President in the jurisdictions for 2018.  In all there will be  5 incoming presidents:

  • Fran Bonnano
  • Denis Graham
  • Brian Schumacher
  • Adrain Drane
  • Chris Rooney

Below is a full list of Presidents and their contact details:







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Funding Opportunities - 20 Dec 2017

Posted on 20 December 2017
Funding Opportunities - 20 Dec 2017
1.     Community Safety Fund (NSW)
This program provides funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and stamp out anti-social behaviour. Applications for up to $250,000 are invited for innovative projects designed to prevent crime and fear of crime and help people feel safe and proud of their community. Submissions involving established partnerships between individual schools and community organisations will be considered. Applications close 5pm 20 December 2017.

2.     Harcourts Foundation Grants
The Harcourts Foundation Grants support a specific event, project, item or initiative that helps, grows, and enriches communities where Harcourts have an office. Schools are eligible if they are a registered charity and hold both Tax Concessional and Deductible Gift recipient status. Applications close 31 December 2017.

3.     School Holiday Program, 10-12 January 2018 - Story Camp (VIC)
The Victorian State Library is offering a free school holiday workshop for 12 to 15 year olds (open to students from eligible schools). To be eligible for Story Camp, your school needs to have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). See the website for details

4.     Sydney Motorway Corporation WestConnex Community Grant Scheme (NSW)
The Sydney Motorway Community Grant Scheme aims to support and deliver positive and lasting outcomes for communities located within close proximity to WestConnex. The community grants provide up to $10,000 to eligible community organisations to deliver initiatives providing a sustainable legacy with lasting benefits to the local economy, community or natural environment. Schools located in eligible suburbs can apply (see guidelines on the website). Applications close 3pm 5 January 2018.

5.     Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards
The Rural Education Australia Program is a flexible program that provides grants of up to $10,000 to not-for-profit community groups, early childhood service providers, and primary and secondary school community support committees.  Funds are for locally developed or locally driven ideas, projects and programs that directly enhance the educational outcomes for children and students (0-18 years) in remote, rural and regional communities. Applications close 15 January 2018.

6.     'Game of Drones' - 2018 Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition
All students from years prep to 12 in state, private or home schools across Australia are eligible to enter as class groups, in small teams or as individuals. The competition opens 22 January 2018 and closes 29 June 2018. For more information see the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website

7.     Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant (IAS)
The Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant (IAS) is the strategy through which the Australian Government funds and delivers a range of programmes specifically for Indigenous Australians. No closing date - ongoing.
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