A great start to the year

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Image 1 - Two students with their colourful artwork at Catholic Education Week's Visual Arts Exhibition. Image 2 - Archbishop Hart speaks to student leaders. Image 3 - St Patricks Day Concert in the park. Image 4 - Elliot Eilenberg with the Eileen Canty Award30 March 2017

As we look forward to some well-earned school holidays and prepare for Holy Week, we look back on a busy and jubilant first term for Catholic schools.

On 2 February St Peter Julian Eymard Primary School in Mooroolbark had a memorable first day of school with Channel 7’s Sunrise program filming at the school, including a performance by the choir!

Specialist school, St Paul’s College in Kew, marked its 60th anniversary on 6 February. Originally a school for the blind, over the years St Paul’s mission has expanded and it now teaches children with other disabilities and includes a bridging program, giving students experience in a mainstream school setting for part of the week.

On 17 February the Magis Performing Arts Centre at Loyola College, Watsonia, was officially opened by Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne, Stephen Elder, with a blessing from Bishop Terence Curtin. The new centre includes a 500-seat-auditorium theatre with back-of-house areas, dressing and control rooms and dual-level foyers, as well as specialist music, drama and dance education facilities.

Student leaders from 18 Catholic secondary schools from across the Archdiocese of Melbourne gathered at St Kevin’s College, Toorak, on 2 March for the Archbishop’s Conversation with Student Leaders. The Archbishop addressed the leaders on the theme ‘Be Courageous’ using examples from his personal experiences, his education and his vocation.

The VCE Seasons of Excellence Top Designs 2017 exhibition at the Melbourne Museum was launched 17 March. Several of the exhibitors were recent graduates of Catholic schools, including Saran Kim, the dux of Mater Christi College, Belgrave; and Tinotenda Mubayiwa, from Marymede Catholic College, South Morang.

Archbishop Denis Hart heaped generous praise upon the achievements of five Victorian young people, as he presented them with the Father James Wall Bursary at the St Patrick’s Centre in East Melbourne on the 17 March. The Bursary provides five leadership achievement awards of $4,000, made annually to Year 10 Catholic secondary school students who demonstrate leadership potential in a range of areas.

A highlight of the school year, Catholic Education Week, ran from 12–19 March with a number of events for students of all ages. This year’s theme was Moved by the love of Christ and this was celebrated in the St Patrick’s Day festivities, including the Mass of St Patrick’s for Schools, the Concert in the Park, and the Young Speakers Colloquium. The Visual Arts Exhibition was open to the public during the week with over 1,000 visitors. The awards presentation recognised outstanding achievements of students from Foundation to Year 12.

We look forward to seeing what Term 2 will bring!