Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday, 12 May and schools will be participating in their respective parish Masses. In celebration, our Catholic schools have been encouraged to arrange activities for their pupils, which include a Rosary Assembly, decorating their classroom doors, getting involved in community thanksgiving and learning more about their special saints.
Our Catholic schools enjoyed an active inter-school sports programme during the first term, consisting of cricket, rugby, basketball and swimming. Galas were hosted by St David’s Marist Inanda, St Teresa’s School, Brescia House, Sacred Heart College, Dominican Convent School, De La Salle Holy Cross College, St Dominic’s School, and St Benedict’s College.
On 8 February, pupils from our Catholic schools participated in a Youth Wise Programme at Radio Veritas. They spoke about their experience of being in a Catholic school, the school ethos and how being in a Catholic school has contributed to their relationship with God. They also discussed their school history and the activities offered. Pupils who participated held their respective school flags very high, and it was encouraging to hear about Catholic education and what the teachers are doing to ensure that they keep the academic standards high while developing spirited leaders.
Principals and teachers gathered on 5 March at Sacred Heart College to be treated to a presentation on Restorative Justice by Eileen Young, which focuses on the needs of both the victim and the offender. Eileen was involved in social work before becoming principal of St Mary’s College Adelaide in 2004. She helped to introduce a care education programme at the school, which addresses social and personal issues that the children may be battling with, and is age- and topic-specific for the various grades. Their school preamble states ; “Everything we do is affected by how we see ourselves and those we are in community with.” Guidelines and training will be made available to enable schools to incorporate a greater sense of justice into their codes of conduct.