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A series of articles from various authoritive educators, working within the Catholic education system in Australia.

Forming Young People for the Future Church by Michael McVeigh

In an increasingly diverse society, Catholic educators must understand that young people will be drawn to God through many different pathways.

In 2017, Australia’s Catholic bishops conducted a survey of young people aged 16-30 across Australia. More than 15,000 young people completed the survey, 81% of them between the ages of 16 and 18.

The report from […]

Forming Young People for the Future Church by Michael McVeigh2019-01-23T17:27:59+10:00

Parents & Children – Educating for the Future by Karl Rodrigues

Formed in late 2013, Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) is recognised as the national body representing and advocating for the parents of over 766,000 children and young people who attend the 1737 Catholic schools across Australia. Driven by their core values of Integrity, Respect, Faith and Inclusivity, CSPA supports and celebrates the holistic education (cognitive, […]

Parents & Children – Educating for the Future by Karl Rodrigues2019-01-23T17:28:44+10:00

A New Learning Approach for the 21st Century by John Phelan

From the time of the industrial revolution through to the end of the 20th century, schools didn’t change all that much. There were advances in curriculum and technology (especially with the widespread introduction of computers in the 1990s), but the basic principle of classroom learning remained the same: the wise teacher stood at the front […]

A New Learning Approach for the 21st Century by John Phelan2019-01-14T08:06:41+10:00

How can we Prepare our Children for the Future of Work? by Jim Bright

One of the fundamental challenges for humankind is how we respond to change. For John Henry Newman, “to live is to change”. This applies to our work as much as anything else. Work has, is, and always will be changing. It is no surprise that Newman published his thoughts on change in 1845 towards the […]

How can we Prepare our Children for the Future of Work? by Jim Bright2019-01-14T10:05:06+10:00

Catholic Education in the Global Village by Christian Zahra

The story of Catholic education in Australia dates back to the first decade of the 1800s, before Catholic priests were allowed in the fledgling colony. Lay women and men who had seen the power of forming young people in the Faith began carrying on that tradition in their own homes. About 15 years later, the […]

Catholic Education in the Global Village by Christian Zahra2018-07-06T11:19:12+10:00

The Global Village by John Phelan

We often hear the phrase ‘the global village’ used to describe today’s world of rapid communications, easy and fast intercontinental travel, and ready access to a world of information. We understand it to mean that there has been a breaking down of the boundaries that used to divide and isolate the peoples of the world; […]

The Global Village by John Phelan2018-07-06T11:19:33+10:00

ACU and The Global Village by Professor Michael Ondaatje

This is an exciting time to study at Australian Catholic University (ACU). The University is only 28 years old, but already we rank in the top 3% of all universities worldwide. ACU’s star is rising and our outstanding graduates are leaving their footprint on the world.

This momentum is exemplified by the National School of Arts […]

ACU and The Global Village by Professor Michael Ondaatje2018-07-06T11:21:32+10:00

Parents as First Educators in the Global Village by Tony O’Byrne

The history of Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) is relatively short however the story of parents and Catholic education in Australia goes back nearly 200 years to 1820 with the opening of the first Catholic school in Parramatta. Formed in late 2013, CSPA has quickly established itself as the national body for parents-carers with children […]

Parents as First Educators in the Global Village by Tony O’Byrne2018-07-06T11:20:18+10:00

What Does It Mean To Be Part Of The Globalised Church? by Michael McVeigh

Most of us wouldn’t know much about the Central African Republic. A landlocked country in the middle of Africa, it is home to around 4.6 million people. Despite being the site of ongoing conflict between Christian and Muslim militias in recent years, it is rarely featured in our news here in Australia.

But in 2015, the […]

What Does It Mean To Be Part Of The Globalised Church? by Michael McVeigh2018-07-06T11:20:32+10:00

Hidden Costs of Education

Have you started savings for your child’s education? Understanding the total cost of education might give you a reason to. When it comes to planning your child’s education, there are several factors most families consider, from the quality of the education, range of subject options, academic achievement, school values and ethos, and family tradition. And, […]

Hidden Costs of Education2018-07-06T11:21:05+10:00

Environment and Sustainability in Catholic Schools by John Phelan

The school curriculum is a crowded place; as the world becomes more complex, so too the demands on school time. Educators need to make choices; to prioritise those areas of learning which are critical to the future of our community and nation.

They also need to model their own responses to important issues, to “lead from […]

Environment and Sustainability in Catholic Schools by John Phelan2018-07-06T11:22:48+10:00

Making The University Experience More Than Just a Certificate by Professor Anne Cummins

Students planning to go to university look for more than just the courses offered; they are seeking a whole experience as they continue their studies and work towards a career.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has invested significant time, thinking and funds into the improvement of the overall student experience. A whole range of strategic projects, including […]

Making The University Experience More Than Just a Certificate by Professor Anne Cummins2018-07-06T11:22:58+10:00

Australian Catholic University Embraces Laudato Si’ by Mark Doggett

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is proud to recognise its longstanding responsibility to embrace the natural environment, and practicing sustainability is directly related to the Catholic Mission of our university.

Pope Francis observes in his encyclical, Laudato Si’ – Caring for our Common Home, “how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, […]

Australian Catholic University Embraces Laudato Si’ by Mark Doggett2018-07-06T11:23:12+10:00

Learning to Care for our Common Home by Jacqui Rémond

We are living through times of rapid change. Today we are experiencing increasing uncertainty and facing not just one but many crises – ecological, social, economic and in the Australian Church.

We all know that humanity is living in a way that is unsustainable on the planet. Just looking around at the plastics, the chemicals, the […]

Learning to Care for our Common Home by Jacqui Rémond2018-07-06T11:23:22+10:00

The Future Of Learning For Your Children by Tony Ryan

Can we advance their education with the use of technology?

In August 2015, Mark Zuckenburg, co-founder and CEO of social networking site Facebook, claimed the company was exploring the use of mental telepathy in social media and education support. By inference, students may eventually access information simply by thinking of what they want to know.

Does this […]

The Future Of Learning For Your Children by Tony Ryan2018-07-06T12:58:25+10:00

The Digital Classroom by Greg Miller

In his 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium – God’s Mission, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis calls for, “a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for self […]

The Digital Classroom by Greg Miller2018-07-06T12:58:36+10:00

Technology in Schools: How Mobile Changes the Classroom by Mark McDonald

Mobile technology is changing the world. Arguably, the introduction of smart devices and app ecosystems represents the major technology revolution of our decade. Likewise, it’s one of the main drivers of the current information revolution that’s changing entire industries and the world itself.

Education, although often slow moving, political and bureaucratic, is undergoing a major change […]

Technology in Schools: How Mobile Changes the Classroom by Mark McDonald2018-07-06T12:58:48+10:00

Preparing Digital Natives to Teach in a World of Technological Innovation, Uncertainty and Complexity by Miriam Tanti

The term ‘digital natives’ is often used to describe the younger generation that has grown up with modern technology. This term – along with several other popular phrases, such as ‘the Net generation’ and ‘Generation M (media)/(multitasker)’ – has been widely used to differentiate the younger generation from parents and teachers. Growing up with digital […]

Preparing Digital Natives to Teach in a World of Technological Innovation, Uncertainty and Complexity by Miriam Tanti2018-07-06T12:59:12+10:00

Digital Tools Help by Adam McArthur

Now is an exciting time for digital technology in education. We are seeing a fundamental shift in how teachers and students engage with education tools, driven by the benefits digital resources can offer and the increasing use of digital devices.

Teachers are increasingly looking for effective digital tools to support them in the classroom and parents […]

Digital Tools Help by Adam McArthur2018-07-06T12:59:32+10:00

Catholic Schools in the Digital Age by John Phelan

For more than two centuries from the mid-1700s, education changed little. Teachers took their places at the front of the classroom and imparted knowledge to students, with the assistance of books, other resources and tools – ranging, over time, from the slate to the exercise book, and from the abacus to the pocket calculator.

And then […]

Catholic Schools in the Digital Age by John Phelan2018-07-06T12:59:44+10:00

Our Future Leaders – Secondary Colleges by Dr Tony Bracken

We need future leaders that can transform society. And a model of leadership where service to others is more important than self-promotion is the sort of leadership that can be transformative. Graduates of contemporary Catholic secondary colleges have experienced cultures that aim to promote the growth of the whole person, where personal gifts are cultivated […]

Our Future Leaders – Secondary Colleges by Dr Tony Bracken2018-07-06T13:00:44+10:00

Our Future Leaders – ACU by Professor Geraldine Castleton

ACU’s mission statement clearly defines the kind of institution it is and what it aims to be. It also highlights the qualities of its staff and graduates, stating: “Within the Catholic intellectual tradition and acting in Truth and Love, Australian Catholic University is committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good”

Our Future Leaders – ACU by Professor Geraldine Castleton2017-05-28T09:07:29+10:00

Our Next Generation of School Leader – a Vital Investment? By Dr Stephen Brown

In all aspects of life the need for outstanding leadership is immutable. The evidence is clear that in high performing schools we have wonderful leaders – talented, passionate individuals who hold at the heart of their work a deep sense of moral purpose – the desire and drive to make a difference in the lives of young people.Do these outstanding educational leaders […]

Our Next Generation of School Leader – a Vital Investment? By Dr Stephen Brown2018-07-06T13:01:15+10:00

What counts as quality education? By Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith

Education continues to be at the top of government policy concerns at national and state levels and we hear much about better schools and better teaching. There is clear evidence of how teaching, learning and assessment are all focused on quality as we pursue our first national curriculum and related achievement standards. The dual and […]

What counts as quality education? By Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith2018-07-06T13:02:42+10:00

True GRIT helps kids succeed by Michael Grose

“Talent or persistence. Which would you choose for your child?”

I often ask this question at my parenting seminars and the responses are fascinating. Parents naturally want both. Sorry, but that’s not an option.

When pushed, most parents choose talent over persistence which, in many ways, reflects the current thinking around achievement. Intelligence, sporting prowess and ability, […]

True GRIT helps kids succeed by Michael Grose2018-07-06T13:02:31+10:00