Celebrating Catholic Education

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme, ‘Spreading the Good News with Joy’, proved very apt for our schools and colleges.

Each Tasmanian Catholic school and college held its own activities during the week with many choosing to join with other schools in their region in celebration and also participating in Parish celebrations.

Students and staff took the opportunity to engage with others hosting events for those within their parishes and local communities.  Archbishop Julian Porteous celebrated Mass in each of the three regions during the week and visited a school in each area.

St Brendan-Shaw College Devonport and St Thomas More’s Catholic School Newstead invited regional Catholic schools join them for Mass followed by a barbeque lunch.

Archbishop Julian proved a big hit with students at Sacred Heart Catholic School Ulverstone, St Anthony’s Catholic School Riverside and John Paul II Catholic School Clarendon Vale. He visited their classrooms and saw some of their work, and talked with students about his life as a bishop. 

Students from St Mary’s College Hobart met with guests from the Migrant Centre and listened to their stories with the aim of promoting empathy with others.  Some schools and colleges held their annual Grandparents’ Day during Catholic Education Week with St Brigid’s Catholic School Wynyard treating their grandparents to lunch and concert.

Year 11 and 12 students from Guilford Young College Hobart Campus welcomed students from John Paul II Catholic School Clarendon Vale and St Paul’s Catholic School Bridgewater to participate in student mentoring.

Some other activities in schools and colleges included a display of children’s artwork from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School Deloraine, a Justice day at St Aloysius Catholic College Kingston and Huntingfield, the broadcasting of a ‘Good News’ radio program at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Devonport, special assemblies and much more…

As part of Catholic Education Week, the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office partnered with The Broken Bay Institute to present a public lecture on Religion and Young People presented by Dr Richard Rymarz.  Dr Rymarz is the inaugural Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Catholic Religious Education St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Canada. An enthusiastic group shared his insights on how to engage Generation Z with Catholicism.


St Aloysius Students Anthony Healey St Brendan-Shaw College students St Mary's College

To see more on the events around the state visit our Catholic Education Week website