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29 January 2024

The new school year begins this week with thousands of students and teachers preparing to return to the classroom.
For some, the 2024 school year will also be the start for brand new communities. St Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Primary School, Tarneit North, will open its doors for almost 150 students. Under the experienced leadership of Principal Robyn Kelly, the school is the fourth Catholic primary school in the St James the Apostle Parish, Hoppers Crossing North, to serve the needs of Melbourne’s rapidly growing western suburbs.
Marymede Catholic College, South Morang, will open a new secondary campus at Doreen. Initially for students in Year 7, the campus forms part of a local Catholic education precinct and provides clear pathways for students from the Marymede Early Learning Centre, as well as for students from St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Doreen.
Planning is currently underway for this year’s Catholic Education Week, beginning 10 March. The 2024 theme, ‘In the light of Christ’, is drawn from the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) strategic plan, MACS 2030: Forming Lives to Enrich the World. The week is an opportunity for all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to celebrate their Catholic identity, the pivotal role they play within their local community and the strength of the sector. In addition to local events, MACS will host activities including the Mass of St Patrick for Schools, the Creative Arts Exhibition and a gathering for the chairs of School Advisory Councils.
An Outlook calendar of events for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne is available on the MACS website. To share news from your school, please contact the Communications team on publications@macs.vic.edu.au.
Upcoming events include:
  • 6 February: Commissioning Mass for newly appointed principals
  • 6 February: Safer Internet Day
  • 14 February: Ash Wednesday
  • 20 February: Commissioning Mass for first-year graduate teachers
  • 8 March: International Women’s Day
  • 10 March: Catholic Education Week begins
  • 15 March: Mass of St Patrick for Schools
  • 18 March: Harmony Week begins.