Acting Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson

Catholic Education Week

This week, we celebrate Catholic Education Week and 175 years of Catholic schooling. The theme for this year is ‘A Spirited Tomorrow’. In what has been a unique year, we look toward the future with excitement and anticipation of what is to come for our journey ahead, trusting in God’s Spirit who walks with us and guides our way.

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 as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

In Queensland, there are more than 307 Catholic schools with 20 000 staff and 149 000 students across five Dioceses. We recognise that each one of us, those in Queensland and beyond – has a place in shaping the future of Catholic Education.

Catholic Education:

  • is a faith-based education, which places the values of Jesus at its centre
  • is a high quality, holistic education for one in five young Queenslanders, educating them to be well-informed, highly skilled and constructive members of the community
  • values diversity and treats each student with dignity, enabling them in turn to promote and respect the dignity of all
  • nurtures in students a commitment to social justice and a critical social consciousness
  • prepares students for global responsibilities through stewardship of the earth’s resources
  • is an integral part of the local and universal Church
  • occurs in welcoming, inclusive, and connected communities.

The features of a Catholic education have been reinforced at Terrace this week with the recommencement of our Eddie’s Big Brekkie van and on campus Kolega Café. With the support of staff and students in Years 10-12, our Eddie’s Big Brekkie Van provides breakfast to the poor and homeless at Wickham Park each morning of the school week. Years 7-11 students run the Kolega Café with all profits going to our friends in Timor-Leste.  

Additionally, last Thursday Reidy House engaged in a ‘daggy jumper’ day where students donned their daggiest jumper during their House assembly to raise funds for their House Friendship Group, Brisbane Youth Service . Students donated a gold coin, and each Pastoral Care Group performed a skit to add to the entertainment.

We look forward to more of these Terrace initiatives resuming over the rest of the year.

God of this brand-new day, you have filled the world with life through the gift of the Spirit. As we celebrate 175 years of Catholic Education in Queensland, we ask that you continue to pour out your Spirit upon us all, so that each one of us will be strengthened to take your Word into our world. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Live Jesus in our Hearts…Forever.