How BCE students are giving back to those in need this Easter


​​​Students at St Bernard’s School in Upper Mount Gravatt embrace Project Compassion with enthusiasm. ©Brisbane Catholic Education, St Bernard's School, Upper Mount Gravatt (2024).

From flipping pancakes to ‘egg-squisite’ acts of kindness, the creativity and charity of countless Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) students this Easter knows no bounds. 

‘Cracking’ open their hearts to lend a helping hand to Project Compassion, BCE students together with independent Catholic schools in Brisbane, have helped raise $88,000 throughout Term 1 of 2024, with the number expected to rise.  

Project Compassion supports many vulnerable communities across the world such as equipping women with drought resistant farming skills and supporting clubs for girls that provide reading and writing education. 
Students at St Bernard’s School in Upper Mount Gravatt have embraced their school’s ‘K’s for Caritas Walk’ and Project Compassion colouring competition with enthusiasm. 
“Throughout Lent our students have walked in solidarity with those who endure long journeys daily, often just to access basic necessities like water and healthcare—things we often take for granted,” St Bernard’s School Principal Daniel Hodge said. 
“Our students, along with the wider community, have not only raised vital funds for the invaluable work of Caritas but have also demonstrated compassion through physical action. 
“Our Project Compassion Colouring Competition has sparked creativity and empathy among our students providing them with a platform to express their compassion through art.” 
Saint Mary’s College Kingaroy students also held a ‘K’s for Caritas Water Challenge’ on Holy Thursday. 
Principal Carmel O’Brien said her students are “ambassadors of social justice, advocating for a world where access to clean drinking water is a right, not a privilege.” 
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©Brisbane Catholic Education, Saint Mary's College, Kingaroy (2024).

At Holy Cross School Wooloowin students are also engaging in Easter crafts to support Project Compassion.  
“Students can create an Easter Bunny, Easter gnome, or Easter crown decoration, with proceeds aiding those in need,” said Holy Cross School Principal Simon Mahaffy. 

“While it is a wonderful and fun opportunity for the children, they know that the money they donate for the craft is going to help someone in need, aligning with our school's Mercy Charism.” 

©Brisbane Catholic Education, Holy Cross School, Wooloowin (2024).
At Our Lady of Fatima Primary School Acadia Ridge, Year 6 students didn't just flip pancakes on Shrove Tuesday—they also sold the breakfast treat as part of their Project Compassion fundraiser.  

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©Brisbane Catholic Education, Our Lady of Fatima Primary School, Acacia Ridge (2024).

Alongside pancake tossing, the Year 6 students are also hosting a colouring competition, with entries priced at 50 cents each, all proceeds will support Project Compassion.  

©Brisbane Catholic Education, Our Lady of Fatima Primary School, Acacia Ridge (2024).

At Holy Spirit College Fitzgibbon the students whipped up a storm with their Pancake Day Sale, serving stacks of delight on Shrove Tuesday.  

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©Brisbane Catholic Education, Holy Spirit College, Fitzgibbon (2024).

If that wasn't sunny side up enough, they brightened things even more with a ‘Wear Yellow Day’, encouraging students to wear yellow for a golden coin donation for Project Compassion. 

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©Brisbane Catholic Education, Holy Spirit College, Fitzgibbon (2024).
Our Lady of the Assumption School Enoggera students encouraged their school community to hop to it in support of their Project Compassion Easter Raffle.  

©Brisbane Catholic Education, Our Lady of Assumption School, Enoggera (2024).

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