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Executive Director's welcome

Welcome to Brisbane Catholic Education's Annual Report for 2016.

In this document you will find a summary of our achievements over the past year across the four priorities identified in the Strategic Renewal Framework for Catholic Schooling 2012-16: Mission and Religious Education; Learning and Teaching; Professional Practice and Collaborative Relationships; and Strategic Resourcing.

During 2016, our work across these four priorities has included:

  • releasing our Strengthening Catholic Identity Position Statement to reinforce our commitment to ensuring a vital and tangible Catholic identity is reflected across every aspect of our system. This work was supported by new online resources, an outstanding international speaker series, and the welcoming of 14 new schools into the Brisbane Catholic Education Leuven Project

  • maximising engagement, progress and achievement for each of our students through continuing to implement the Delivering Excellent Learning and Teaching Strategy 2014–16, with a particular emphasis on professional learning for school leaders and teachers in partnership with renowned educational experts, Dr Lyn Sharratt, Michael Fullan and David Hornsby, and the formation of collaborative networks to embed effective practice and build teacher capability

  • ensuring all at Brisbane Catholic Education feel part of a safe, supportive community by reviewing a number of policies and strategies including Child and Youth Risk Management strategies, Code of Conduct, Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment Policy, Staff Complaints Management Procedure and Staff Misconduct Procedure. In 2016, Brisbane Catholic Education also introduced an inaugural student protection induction workshop for new principals and heads of school and raised the profile of workplace health and safety in our schools and offices

  • investing in innovative ICT infrastructure which included a new Student Behaviour Support System, the expansion of school and parent portals, and transitioning schools to produce and distribute student reports online. Improving access to information to inform organisational decision making was also a priority in 2016, with the finalisation of the Leadership Dashboard, enhancements to the Business Intelligence Tool and a new office finance management e-system.

As in past years, Brisbane Catholic Education chose a theme for 2016, Treasure our Story, and it proved a year of many treasured moments. So many important people, places and contributions to the Brisbane Catholic Education story celebrated milestones this year. As I shared in these celebrations I had many causes to reflect on the remarkable individuals, groups and communities who have contributed to our rich Catholic education history in the Brisbane Archdiocese. What a privilege it has been to be part of this history making.

In 2016, St James Primary Coorparoo, Saints Peter and Paul's Primary Bulimba and St Joseph's  Primary Nundah all celebrated centenaries. Saint Augustine's Primary at Currumbin Waters reached 90 years, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Primary Coorparoo and St John Vianney's Primary Manly 75 years, St Peter's Primary Rochedale 40 years, Clairvaux MacKillop College Mt Gravatt 30 years and Unity College Caloundra marked its first decade. Perhaps most significant of our anniversaries this year were those of the Sisters of St Joseph who celebrated their sesquicentenary and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan who celebrated 100 years of service to Catholic education in the Archdiocese. 2016 also marked the beginning of two new stories, as Brisbane Catholic Education progressed work on a new primary and secondary school for 2017, St Clare's Primary Yarrabilba and McAuley College Beaudesert.

Towards the end of 2016, Brisbane Catholic Education released our new Strategic Plan, 2017-2020, the next chapter in our story. Our work over the past year has positioned us well for the future. Brisbane Catholic Education remains committed to strengthening the Catholic identity of our schools and offices, to driving excellent learning and teaching and to managing our resources sustainably.

I thank Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Monsignor Peter Meneely for their support of Brisbane Catholic Education throughout 2016 and acknowledge the important work of the Catholic Education Council and Chair Dr Mark Sayers. I sincerely thank all our staff at Brisbane Catholic Education, our schools and offices. I am so grateful for your commitment to our work. Our shared journey is indeed a story to treasure.

Our Brisbane Catholic Education schools continue to be wonderful places of learning and enrichment. They are places where our students are encouraged and supported to dream, strive and succeed.

I am very proud of all that we have achieved together at Brisbane Catholic Education in 2016. As a record of those achievements I commend this Annual Report to our communities and partners whom we value highly. 

Pam Betts

Executive Director of Catholic Education

Archdiocese of Brisbane  ​

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