Celebrating Catholic education

CATHOLIC schools around Tasmania will strengthen their relationships with students, staff, parents, priests, parishioners and the wider community during this year’s Catholic Education Week.

From Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 March, Tasmanian Catholic schools and colleges will have the opportunity to showcase what they do and what happens in their schools every day.

“It is a week when we take time to acknowledge and celebrate that our schools are not only good schools, but good catholic schools,” Catholic Education Tasmania executive director John Mula said.

This year’s theme is: ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers to His harvest’ (Matthew 9:35-38).

“The theme focuses on the sense of being called to work in Catholic education and our response and commitment to the call,” Mr Mula said.

“It is also about our continued trust that the Lord of the Harvest will continue to provide us with people who will provide a living witness of their Christian faith, working in close partnership with Tasmanian families.”

Mr Mula said schools celebrated Catholic Education Week in various ways, including liturgies and open days.

“However, the main event in each region will be students coming together from across the region to celebrate Mass,” he said.

Mr Mula said the Catholic Education Commission Tasmania Recognition Awards were established as a way to honour and recognise the work of Catholics in Tasmania.

“It provides an opportunity for us to thank those within our Catholic education community who contribute their time and expertise to enrich the lives of our students, and who have contributed to the advancement of all our Catholic schools and colleges,” he said.

“We have much to celebrate – our Catholic system of schools in Australia, and similarly in Tasmania, are unique in the world.

“We are proud of the wonderful learning and teaching that takes place in our schools every day, as well as the contribution our schools have made to Tasmanian communities – in particular, the more vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our wider community.”

Chair of the Catholic Education Commission, the Hon. Michael Polley AM, announced award recipients in February.

Eight staff and friends of Catholic schools in Tasmania were presented with Catholic Education Commission Recognition Awards, and a further 13 staff received 25 Years of Service Awards.

Caption: Tasmanian Catholic schools are gearing up to celebrate Catholic Education Week this month.

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