Parent engagement

​​​​​​Parents and​ Friends Association

​​The Parents & Friends Association is an integral part of the Catholic school community in the archdiocese and provides a formal structure for parents and others interested in the welfare of the students to plan and organise activities for the benefit of the school, and the ongoing development of students.

In particular the Parents & Friends Association: -

  • provides an avenue of support and information to aid the involvement of parents/carers in their children’s education and the school community
  • promotes the development of collaboration between parents/carers and school staff
  • promotes the principles of Catholic education and a distinctive Christian community/environment in the school
  • provides an opportunity to participate at school community, archdiocesan, state and national levels.

While other groups may be active within the life of the school, no group other than the Parents & Friends Association can represent the interests of the whole parent body at any school.

These associations endeavour to support school communities and improve the flow of information between parents and the peak bodies that represent parents and friends at state and national levels.  One way this occurs is by:

  • interpretation and dissemination of information to schools in the diocese
  • support and focus on parent involvement and development across the diocese 
  • support for the Federation of P&F Associations Queensland in pursuing school community concerns in the diocese.
  • provision of an advocacy service for school communities.

The peak body in Queensland of school P & F associations is Catholic School Parents Queensland

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​School boards​​​

​School boards demonstrate Brisbane Catholic Education’s commitment to good governance, and the importance of parent and community partnerships.

School boards enable parents, carers, guardians, staff, community members, parish priests and parishioners to participate on the peak participatory, advisory and consultative group to enhance leadership, wisdom and dialogue in school decision-making.

For more information about your school board please contact the school principal.

​​​Communicating with your school

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BCE Connect

BCE Connect, our mobile app for all our BCE Schools, is a great way to participate in our community.

BCE Connect gives parents, extended family, friends and the public easy access to school information, making it easier to keep track and stay in touch.

BCE Connect has been designed to work on both Apple and Android devices.



  • My Students – Key information relating to your students
  • Absence Reporting – With a few simple clicks, notify the school of an upcoming absence
  • Calendar – stay up to date of all the key dates in the schools Calendar
  • Blogs – Subscribe to school blogs to be the first to know what is happening within the school community


BCE Connect, is now available to download from:


Setting up your account

A guide to getting started with your BCE Connect and Parent Portal account.

1. Download BCE Connect

2. Favourite your school

Favouriting your school in BCE Connect enables you to receive Push Notifications from the school and
makes it easier to navigate back to the school by adding a shortcut on the home screen of the app.

3. Create an account

Select the first-time logging in option and enter the e-mail address you have supplied the school.
A security code will be sent to your email. Return to the page and follow the prompts to create your password.

4. Log in

Log in to the BCE Connect App using your email address as your username and enter your newly created password.

Logging in will unlock all the features of BCE Connect. You can also access the Parent Portal from the Parent Portal link on the BCE Connect App.

5. Visit the Parent Portal

The Parent Portal offers a more feature rich experience for Parents.

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