The Ablaze Youth Festival took place in Bendigo this week for more than 1200 students at Ulumbarra Theatre. The event, which was presented by Catholic Education Sandhurst Ltd in partnership with FRG Ministry and Sandhurst Youth Ministry, hit the right note with students of all ages with high-energy music, testimonials and liturgy.
The full-scale rock concert featuring Father Rob Galea and his band, took place on Monday 1 August for senior primary students and on Tuesday 2 August for secondary students from years 9 - 11.
The Ablaze Youth Day is an initiative of Catholic Education Sandhurst to reach out to young people, providing a forum that combines live music, engaging speakers and an opportunity for students to celebrate and learn about their faith.
For the first time in three years the Bishop Joseph Grech Scholarship has been able to take place in person. Eight of the eleven worthy recipients joined Executive Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst, Mr Paul Desmond at an awards ceremony in Bendigo on Thursday June 16.
Mr Paul Desmond said that the Bishop Joseph Grech scholarship was one of his favourite events of the year. "To speak with these incredible students and to get a sense of the calibre of young people in our schools is truly inspiring," he said.
"Each year I have the privilege of speaking with the Bishop Joseph Grech Scholarship recipients and I am always richer for the encounter. These young people are truly amazing, they stand up for what is right, they look for opportunities to make their communities better places and they instil a sense of confidence in me that the future of our world is in very good hands," said Mr Desmond.
Read more: Bishop Joseph Grech Scholarship 2022
Sandhurst Catholic Early Childhood Education and Care Ltd has celebrated the launch of their brand new website!
The website contains information and resources for parents and features the Early Childhood Education communities of, Assisi Kindergarten in Strathfieldsaye and St Mel’s Kindergarten in Shepparton.
In addition, a Sandhurst Catholic Early Childhood Education & Care Ltd Facebook page was also launched to celebrate ‘all things’ Early Childhood Education and Care.
With 'Early Learning Matters Week' commencing on Monday 26th July the timing is perfect to engage with Sandhurst Catholic Early Childhood Education & Care Ltd.
Please visit the website and like the Facebook page.
Doxa School Bendigo prides itself on being a welcoming place, so it comes as no surprise that they have chosen to feature an artwork in their foyer which provides a cultural welcome to all who enter the space.
The original design by indigenous artist Troy Firebrace features an Acknowledgement of Country with the heading Wominjeka, meaning welcome. As you approach the design the sculptural depiction of Bendigo Creek immediately catches your eye. The bright blue creek extends beyond the artwork, inviting you on a journey across Dja Dja Wurrung country.
Read more: A welcoming place
This Safer Internet Day, the eSafety Commissioner is calling on everyone to play it safe and fair online.
Join the global initiative that brings families, schools, organisations and governments from 170 countries together to raise awareness about online safety.
There is no place for online abuse. We can all help to make life online enjoyable by being kind and respectful to each other.
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Sign up to support Safer Internet Day. Together, we can all #PlayitFairOnline.
Click on READ MORE for Educator resources from the eSafety Commissioner
Read more: Safer Internet Day 2022
It is a joyous occasion to witness the baptism of one child, but on the final day of Term 2, the St Peter’s School community welcomed eight children into the Church family.
The entire school community gathered at St Kilian’s along with the families and Godparents of the children who were to be baptised. Fr Junray presided at the Mass which also celebrated the feast day of St Peter, the patron saint of the school.
Read more: Baptism joy
If all that is old is new again, then one of Australia’s most iconic program has found a new generation to delight this year, when St Augustine’s Primary School Wodonga discovered why Hey, Hey it’s Saturday was one of the nation’s most popular programs for almost three decades.
The long running Australian variety program inspired the schools 2021 musical production which was aptly named, ‘Hey, Hey it’s St A’s!’ With appearances from many of the shows well-loved characters, live music from the fabulous 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and the antics of not one, but two plucka ducks … well you couldn’t help but remember why the show held such appeal for so long.
Read more: Hey, hey, it's awesome!
There were 200 reasons to celebrate on Monday, May 24 as every diocese in the country held a Mass to mark the bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia. The Sandhurst Diocese gathered at St Kilian’s Catholic Church, the site of the first Catholic school in our diocese, established in 1853. The event was livestreamed so that all Sandhurst communities were able to join in the celebrations.
Read more: 200 reasons to celebrate!
Tuesday 18 August, 2020
Ablaze 2020 - Listen to the Spirit
In 2020, Catholic Education Sandhurst in partnership with Sandhurst Youth Ministry and FRG Ministry has brought the experience of the Ablaze events virtually to primary and secondary schools.
Established in 2018, the Ablaze Youth Festival provides an opportunity for young people to come together and celebrate their faith through music and conversation.
Read more: Ablaze 2020: a virtual experience
Monday 22nd June, 2020
The Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Shane Mackinlay has announced a new and exciting era in the governance of Catholic Education. Following six months of meetings, discussions and listening assemblies, a model of governance has been developed to best serve Catholic Education into the future.
From the beginning, parish priests, principals, school board chairs and Catholic Education Office staff have been part of the conversation to ensure a collaborative approach throughout the discernment. Each stakeholder has played an important role in ensuring the selection of the best governance model for Sandhurst schools.
Read more: A new era of governance