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Honouring long serving retirees

A ceremony is held each year to celebrate the contribution of newly-retired Brisbane Catholic Education staff with 20 or more years of service.

In March, Bishop Joseph Oudeman OFM Cap, Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane, Pam Betts and members of the Brisbane Catholic Education Leadership Team acknowledged the lives and contribution of those who retired during 2015.


Recognising the exceptional contribution of Catholic education staff

The statewide Sprit of Catholic Education Awards recognise outstanding contributions by individuals within the Catholic education community and are presented annually as part of Catholic Education Week celebrations.

Unity College, Caloundra West teacher Shaun Morris received a Spirit of Catholic Education Award for the 'Barista Boys' program he initiated, developed and implemented.

The program was introduced in 2015 as an alternative pathway for students and helps students develop high level and real life hospitality skills, as well as providing career direction, work placement and life skills.

Acknowledging dedicated teachers

Brisbane Catholic Education annually acknowledges outstanding educators for their innovation and leadership at the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

In 2016, over 35 finalists representing 14 schools, gathered with family, friends, sponsors and special guests at the Victoria Park Golf Club to witness Monsignor Peter Meneely and Pam Betts present the following awards:

  • Excellence in Teaching Religious Education Award: James Garrahy from St Teresa's Catholic College, Noosaville.

  • Excellence as an Early Career Teacher Award: Alicki Bellas from Trinity College, Beenleigh.

  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Andrea Hickey from St Columban's College, Caboolture.

  • Excellence in Leadership for Learning and Teaching Award: Nick Hurley from Christ the King Primary School, Deception Bay.

  • Team Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award: Parent Partnership Team from Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia.

  • Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching Award: Loretta Swann from Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay.

Brisbane Catholic Education Office

243 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park Q 4102

GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

Fax: (07) 3844 5101