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Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools

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Spirited Careers: New Principal is excited about coming home

Duane Wann is starting as the Principal at St Thomas More’s Primary School in 2023 and is keen to introduce a positive and enthusiastic approach to his principalship.

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Consent, Young People and the Law

Discussing the issue of consent with students and building an understanding from a moral and legal point of view is a part of Catholic schools’ Health and Physical Education and Relationships and Sexuality Education program. To aid in their learning, Adair Donaldson from Donaldson Law recently presented to several Toowoomba Catholic Secondary Schools and their parents, sharing the legal perspective with a very engaged audience.

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Hybrid Learning - welcome to the new world order

The traditional way of delivering subjects in our schools is being reshaped and students are enthusiastically engaging in this new approach. A new way, an exciting transformational way, is emerging and Toowoomba Catholic Schools are at the forefront of this innovation. A focus on ‘starting over’, forgetting the traditional approach to the planning and preparation of material and concentrating on the design of courses that foster student control in their learning is emerging.

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Spirited Careers: Michael loves living in this region

With over 1,700 employees in schools and colleges that spread from Quilpie in the West, to Stanthorpe in the South, north to Roma and east to Toowoomba – there are a wealth of career options and opportunities for educators, specialists and support staff. Michael Ball joined Toowoomba Catholic Schools community earlier this year as the Principal of Mater Dei Primary School in Toowoomba, and he shares why he loves living in this region and is loving his role.

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Spirited Careers: Ashley loves his new role in Toowoomba

Ashley Steel joined the Toowoomba Catholic Schools community this year working as the Digital Technologies and Science Teacher at St Joseph's College, Toowoomba. Ashley shares why he loves living in this region and why he is loving his new role.

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Students prepare for final exams over school holidays

This week students from across Toowoomba Catholic Schools have gathered in the Micah Centre at the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office to prepare for their upcoming external assessments. Over 100 students from Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Warwick, Dalby and Roma are participating in the program. The Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, External Examination Preparation Program (EEPP) aims to give students the edge in their preparation for the external exams which begin in October.

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Refugee from war torn country is welcomed to St Mary's College in Toowoomba

Robert Kiringa fled from his war torn home in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to come to Australia as a refugee. With World Day of Migrants and Refugees on September 25, Mr Kiringa wanted to share his story about the struggles in his own country that led to him becoming a refugee living in Toowoomba. Mr Kiringa was offered employment at St Mary’s College, Toowoomba as part of the Work & Welcome program and it has paved his way to work in the Australian education system and reignited his love of teaching.

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Work & Welcome program opens doors

World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated on 25 September 2022 and it gives an opportunity to build the future with the migrants and refugees in our community. Our Work & Welcome is an employment experience program, established by Multicultural Australia, providing refugees and migrants with paid work experience. Toowoomba Catholic Schools (TCS) encourage staff to donate to this program as it provides employment opportunities for refugees and migrants in schools and its office.

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Mass celebrating the graduation of the 2022 Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

The Toowoomba Catholic Schools’ Mass for 2022 Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduands was celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday, 14 September.

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Graduate can’t wait to start teaching in a regional town

Lainey McPhee is about to graduate from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) with a Bachelor of Primary Education. She has spent her last seven weeks working at St Joseph's School, Millmerran in preparation to starting her career.

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Growing our own during National Skills Week

Growing our own is one of the strategies utilised by Toowoomba Catholic Schools (TCS) to attract students to the teaching profession and is in the spotlight during National Skills Week. Currently undertaking a school-based traineeship is Year 12 student Bella Evans who is employed by TSC to work at St Joseph’s School in Stanthorpe.

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Looking to the future during National Skills Week

At 16 years of age Amelia Sutton knows where her future lies – in educating young children. Taking on a School-Based Traineeship in Education Support, Amelia has been working at St Joseph’s School in Millmerran whilst studying Year 11 at St Ursula’s College.

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School-based traineeships celebrated during National Skills Week

For over a decade, Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office (TCSO) has been supporting school-based traineeships as part of its program to recruit and retain staff. During National Skills Week, and with teacher shortages in the spotlight, it is exciting that Year 12 student, Cassie Lawson, is following her dreams of becoming a teacher.

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Rostering has been revolutionised for Toowoomba Catholic Kindergartens and Care

The recent roll out of a new app called RosterElf is already making life easier for those working in Toowoomba Catholic Kindergartens and Care (TCKC).

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Queensland Road Safety Week is just down the road

This year's Queensland Road Safety Week theme is 'Road safety starts with me' and it runs from 22-26 August 2022.

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TCS has been acknowledged for achievements in developing mental health first aid skills

Mental Health First Aid Australia have acknowledged Toowoomba Catholic Schools for their significant achievements in developing mental health first aid skills in their people and embedding a sustainable and effective mental health program.

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Spirited Careers: Jenny loves teaching in Cunnamulla

Spirited Careers: When Jenny started teaching in 1983, teaching in Cunnamulla in the later part of her career was not in her plan.

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Spirited Careers: Georgie has found her forever employer

Coming to work each day to a place where Georgie’s calling to help others comes together with support to grow her own career is why she thinks of Toowoomba Catholic Schools as her forever employer.

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Spirited Careers: Henry's desire to make a difference

When Henry was 17, teaching was on the cards, but with a steady job in the family landscaping business on offer and overseas travel in sight, teaching was put on hold.

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Catholic schools celebrate community during Catholic Education Week

Catholic schools across Queensland celebrated their community spirit as they marked Catholic Education Week 2022 from 24-30 July.

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ANNOUNCING - St Francis Catholic College, Westbrook

Bishop Robert McGuckin has announced the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba has purchases land and started planning for a new K-12 College in Westbrook.

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Toowoomba Catholic Schools hosts ACEL network

Recently, Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office hosted the Australian Council for Education Leaders (ACEL) local area group annual Meet and Greet for 2022.

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New principals ready for the 2022 school year

Six new principals are being welcomed into Catholic schools across the Diocese of Toowoomba this week. Some moving from other Catholic schools in the Diocese and others coming from outside of the Diocese to join these communities. Each is looking forward to the year ahead and have already been involved in an induction program.

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Catholic Outside School Hours Care continue to grow and students are flourishing

Demand for OSHC programs is increasing, and Catholic OSHCs across the Diocese have continued to grow due to their positive reputation for having professional staff and quality play, learning and care.

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