Welcome to the start of the 2021 school year!


Executive Director, Pam Betts, with prep students Eddie and Reuben Goode.​

I know today will be busy for our school families as you meet your teachers, navigate new timetables, and get settled for the school year ahead.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to staff new to Brisbane Catholic Education schools, particularly the graduate teachers, this is the first day of your amazing journey with Catholic Education and I wish you all the very best.

Today we launched a special campaign My Amazing Start to celebrate over 7,400 prep students starting at our schools this year – please look out for their photos on the Brisbane Catholic Education and school Facebook sites. To those students starting Year 7, you are also in our prayers as you start this important phase of your school journey.

There is a lot to celebrate in 2021. Pope Francis has declared 2021 as the Year of Saint Joseph and we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Catholic Education in Australia. This bicentenary provides us an opportunity to reflect on the rich story of our Catholic schools while also focusing on our schools as faith filled learning communities creating a better future.

With an eye to the future, I would like to extend a special welcome to our two newest schools, San Damiano College at Yarrabilba and Sophia College at Plainland. Their school gates opened to their first Year 7 students this morning. Today the students and staff at these schools are creating history – I wish staff, students and their families all the best as you take your first steps together.  I look forward to joining the community at Sophia College this morning for the first day and their opening school mass. Then on the 5 February, I will join the San Damiano community for their first school mass at St Stephen's Cathedral. My thanks to Narelle Dobson, Sophia College Principal and Peter Edwards, Principal at San Damiano College and all the staff for their work these past months to ensure the schools were ready to welcome students and their families today.

In closing, I offer this prayer – adapted from the Prayer for 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia - for you today and for the year ahead.

As Christ the Teacher, you grace the staff and leaders of Catholic education today.

As we build on the achievements of our predecessors direct us in our present efforts to ensure that every young Australian has the opportunity for an excellent education and formation in faith.

We stand on the shoulders of all those who have contributed in so many ways to our Catholic schools over the past 200 years. We acknowledge with gratitude their legacy as this new school year begins and we continue this great and inspiring journey.

Wishing you every blessing for today and the year ahead.


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