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
Wednesday 17 June, 2020
An innovative concept from local architects Y2 Architecture was piloted at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill recently. The school is one of only six schools in the state to test the ‘Unboxy’ prototype, which enables students to create architectural spaces within their classrooms that are safe, productive and inviting!
A Director from Y2 Architecture, Matt Dwyer said the COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted the need to rethink the way we work, engage, learn and teach within the 21st century. “Unboxy is the first step in creating resilient, adaptive, inclusive classrooms of the future. It offers support of students’ social and emotional needs, whilst maintaining the still-unfolding practical measures required, such as social distancing,” he said.
Read more: Boxed in at St Joseph's
Friday 17 April, 2020
Catholic Education Sandhurst has officially settled on a parcel of land in Huntly for the construction of the region’s newest primary school. Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst, Mr Paul Desmond said he was delighted to announce the purchase of the property, however, he cautioned that it would be a couple of years before the new school is built.
“Our exploration of the site began in December 2015, when we identified Huntly as an area of significant growth. We have been committed to establishing a Catholic Primary school in the Huntly area ever since,” he said.
Read more: Huntly Bound
Thursday 20 February, 2020
Parish Priests, Principals, School Board Chairs and Catholic Education Office staff gathered in Shepparton this week for the annual two day Leadership Conference.
More than one hundred leaders attended the event, which commenced on Tuesday evening, February 18, with a Commissioning Eucharist at St Mel’s Church in Shepparton. Bishop Shane Mackinlay presided at the Eucharist, together with diocesan Priests including the Episcopal Vicar for Education, Very Rev Dr Brian Boyle.
Read more: Catholic Education Leaders Meet
Friday 7 February, 2020
Almost sixty students from Sandhurst secondary schools attend the inaugural Student Leadership Day held at the Woolshed in Kialla on Friday February 7.
The focus of the day was ethical and servant leadership in the secondary school context, with activities and presentations that enriched students’ understanding of leadership and how to enact their leadership in an ethical way.
Read more: Inaugural Student Leadership Day
Wednesday 12 February, 2020
Each year, Grade 6 students from the Goulburn Valley Deanery come together for a leadership day held at St Mary's Primary School in Mooroopna.
The day was action packed with inspirational speakers from the sporting world including former captain of the Australian Netball team, Bianca Chatfield and AFL stars Marlion Pickett and Shai Bolton from the Richmond Football Club.
Read more: Grade 6 rules!
Friday 7 February, 2020
Bishop Shane Mackinlay and the Hon Senator Sarah Henderson joined forces on Friday, February 7th for the official blessing and opening of the new Senior Learning Centre at Holy Rosary Primary School, White Hills.
The Senior Learning Centre has changed the landscape of the school, creating an innovative learning area for grade 5 and 6 students. The new facilities includes four multi-purpose learning areas catering for modern teaching and learning.
Read more: Grand opening at Holy Rosary White Hills
Friday 6 December, 2019
The official blessing and opening of the Lisieux Centre at St Therese’s Primary School in Kennington took place on Friday, December 6th. The new building, which boasts multiple new classrooms, library and refurbished administration area was officially blessed by the new Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Shane Mackinlay.
In one of his first official duties since his installation in October, Bishop Mackinlay dedicated the new building to the education of young people.
“We bless and dedicate this new building to the progress of sciences, to learning, to reading and services to students,” said Bishop Mackinlay.
Read more: Bishop blesses new school building
Friday 15 November, 2019
More than 200 student artworks adorn the walls of the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral each year as part of the MacKillop Art Exhibition.
Colourful paintings, pastels, mosaics, sculptures, photographs and ceramics are submitted by Sandhurst schools from right across the diocese, representing artists from Foundation to Year 12.
The launch for the exhibition took place on Friday November 15 at 6pm. Artists, families and guests attended the event, which celebrates the artistic talents of the diocesan students and acknowledges the art teachers who nurture this creative talent in our schools. The exhibition was inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop and her inspiration to countless generations of Australians. Now in its tenth year, the exhibition continues to grow in size and quality each year.
Read more: Arts Alive
Wednesday 30 October, 2019
Bobby socks, white T-shirts and slicked back hair was the costume of the day as students from St Mary’s Cohuna wound back the clock to the fabulous fifties for their school production of ‘Jules’.
With an original script, ‘rockin’ sound track and a whole school cast; the audience was in for a treat from start to finish.
Performing Arts teacher Elaine Keely wrote and directed the play, which focused on the popular era of Rock ‘n’ Roll where everyone hung out at the local soda shop; and the dance program Grandstand was the most popular show on TV.
Read more: Rock n roll comes to Cohuna