Executive Director's message - 2 November 2020

2/11/2020

​Executive Director Pam Betts

​​​IT is difficult to know where to start when it comes to celebrating teachers this year – because in so many ways you have gone above and beyond in 2020. You have responded exceptionally in the face of an exceptional crisis – for that I am incredibly grateful, and I hope every single one of the 7,000 teachers in our network of schools enjoyed the recognition of World Teachers’ Day last Friday. I hope you enjoyed the celebrations in your schools and felt that behind every student is a family and a wider community who appreciate all that you do, and all that you are. In acknowledging our teachers, I thank all those in our schools and office who support their work every day.

Last Friday I joined with staff who have given more than 40 years of service to Brisbane Catholic Education schools to offer our sincere thanks for their dedicated service. Congratulations and sincere thanks to the following staff on reaching this milestone and for making a difference in the lives of so many students:

Bradley Banney – Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough; Ted Brooks – St Paul’s School, Woodridge; Christine Campbell – St Thomas More School, Sunshine Beach; Gary Cassidy – Marymount College, Burleigh; Maureen Cullip – Sacred Heart School, Sandgate; Maureen Curran – St Thomas More School, Sunshine Beach;  Lawrence Dillon – Relief teacher; Helen Exley – St Oliver Plunkett School, Cannon Hill ; Kim Fehervary – St Joseph’s School, Bardon; Tyrone Fletcher – Trinity College, Beenleigh; Mark Gilroy – Mary Mackillop School, Birkdale; Ann Hall – St Finbarr’s School, Ashgrove; Donna Jacks – St Joachim’s College, Holland Park; Christine Jones – Our Lady of Mt Carmel School, Coorparoo; Paul Mackay – St Peter Claver College, Riverview; Amanda Marrinan – St John Vianney’s School, Manly; Brendan Marrinan – St Anthony’s School, Alexandra Hills; Maria McDonald – Assisi College, Coomera; Donna McKenna – Our Lady of the Rosary School, Caloundra; Mark Murphy – Our Lady of Mt Carmel School, Coorparoo' Kerry Norman – St Francis Xavier School, Runaway Bay; Raymond O’Brien – Mt Maria College, Mitchelton; Peggy Roe – BCEO; Ann Maree Teasdale – Southern Cross Catholic College, Woody Point; Lesley Van Trier – St Agnes’ School, Mt Gravatt; Deborah Webb – St Dympna’s School, Aspley​.

I am always heartened by events like these, which give an opportunity to hit the pause button and reflect on the magnitude of the energy and passion of these wonderful teachers who have dedicated so much of their lives to education. I salute you all.

 

Blessing of the soil - San Damiano College

In the last week I have been fortunate enough to attend the official opening of St Ann’s School at Redbank Plains and the blessing of the soil for the sites of our two schools which will open in 2021 – San Damiano College (Yarrabilba) and Sophia College (Plainland). As I walk into the grounds of these newest schools, I am struck by the sense of community that has already been established, even before the first student has entered the classroom. At Sophia College, as the soil was blessed so was a Kurrajong tree  – a native plant known for its resilience and vibrancy. This tree will be planted when the school is opened, a symbol of the vibrant and nurturing community the school will become. ​​​

There is a busy fortnight ahead as our schools continue to facilitate Year 12 exams and final year assessment. NAIDOC Week, which was postponed from its usual date in July due to COVID-19, will also be happening 8-15 November. 

Christmas is definitely approaching as the weather gets warmer and the summer storms make their mark. My prayers are with any of our staff or our school families who have experienced damage to property as a result of the storms over the weekend.

I wish you every blessing for the week ahead.

Regards

Pam​

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