Term 1 in review

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8 April 2022

Despite the challenges and complexities facing school communities during a pandemic, Term 1, 2022 saw a return to normality as we celebrated the important events from the first part of the year.

‘The Way of the Gospel’ was the theme of Catholic Education Week and the traditional Mass of St Patrick for Schools was able to take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral for the first time since 2019. The Catholic Education Week website was a focal point for additional celebrations, including the Creative Arts Exhibition (with a digital gallery of artwork) and the Working Together in Mission video series.

Victoria’s Deputy Premier the Hon. James Merlino officially opened the Stage 2 facilities at Iona College Geelong, Charlemont, while Senator for Victoria the Hon. Sarah Henderson opened the college’s Columba Centre. Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Mickleham, and Our Lady of the Way Catholic Primary School, Wallan East, were officially opened and blessed. Our next primary school, Mary Queen of Heaven in Greenvale held a ceremony to acknowledge the First People of the land, as well as blessing the construction of the school which will open in 2023.

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli launched the annual Project Compassion campaign at Mercy College, Coburg. While it wasn’t possible for students from other schools to participate face-to-face on the day, the event was broadcast live to Catholic schools across the Archdiocese.

Eighteen new principals are beginning their leadership journey at Catholic primary and secondary schools this year. In addition, 10 primary and secondary teachers were recognised at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) ceremony at the Catholic Leadership Centre last week.

Banner image: Mary Kontogiannis, Emmaus College, Vermont South.