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26 February 2017


Faith education

Catholic Teacher Blog: Stamping out online abuse

22 October 2017 | Fr Peter Hosking SJ

Incidents of inappropriate online behaviour by school students continue to be a concern. 
The values of respect, empathy and consent are critical to good relationships online and anywhere else.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Risk & Success

11 October 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

'Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his idea, to take a calculated risk, and to act.' – Maxwell Maltz

 


Catholic Teacher Blog: Social Justice Sunday - September 24

24 September 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

If you want to stay happy and healthy you need to draw on the skills of cooks and dieticians. You also need them to stick to their own skills. Ask a dietician for a happy recipe and you may eat miserably. Ask a pastry cook to care for your diet and you may become a cardiac disaster.


Sneaky Jesus Song: You found me

13 September 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

A ‘Sneaky Jesus song’ may not be a religious tune, but when you listen to the lyrics it could be mistaken for one.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Suicide Prevention Day - September 10

09 September 2017 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

Suicide affects all groups in society. Teachers, doctors, miners, church ministers, and police have all grieved for colleagues who have taken their own lives, and have friends who have survived the suicide of family members. They can put faces to suicide.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Child protection, compliance and conversion

06 September 2017 | John Honner

Jesus is reported as saying 'unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven'. Did he mean what he said or was he being idealistic? Do his words mean anything for today? I think they do, especially for Christian ministries in the light of the work of the Royal Commission and its likely recommendations for ensuring the safety of children.


Young Catholics get a voice

23 August 2017 | Staff

Australian Catholics magazine, in conjunction with Australian Catholic University, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Young Journalist Award.


Catholic Teacher Blog: World Humanitarian Day - August 19

09 August 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

World Humanitarian Day was instituted to remember people who have served in humanitarian missions and especially those who have lost their lives in the course of their service. It is an opportunity to call to mind the people who have gone before us, and especially to honour our martyrs. These include Christians who were killed because of their faith or because they recognised how precious each human being is regardless of race or religion, and dedicated their lives to serve them when they were under threat. They both inspire us and keep us honest.


Catholic Teacher: Praying the scriptures with Mary MacKillop

09 August 2017 | Staff

These daily scripture reflections (originally for the first eight days of August), look at the life of Australia’s first saint through the lens of the daily Gospel stories. As you contemplate the daily Gospel reading, reflect on Mary’s story, and consider how your own faith journey can be enriched by her example.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Indigenous Peoples of World Day - August 9

02 August 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

United Nations Days are like Saints Days in the Catholic Calendars. They are reminders of the wider world beyond our own homes, cities and nations, often reminders of the violence inflicted on good people, and are also occasions for thanksgiving and celebration.


Catholic teacher blog: A plebiscite of one’s own

26 July 2017 | Alice Priest

The question of marriage and its meaning is presently astir in the public domain, writes Alice Priest. But my own interest has sprung, not from the public debate, but largely from the private chambers of my own heart.


Sneaky Jesus Song: 'Wiyathul' by Dr G Yunupingu

26 July 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

This charming song was released in 2008 and is sung in Dr Yunupingu’s native Yolngu Matha language. It peaked at #3 on the ARIA charts. The album it was released on went Platinum three times and has now sold more than half a million copies. It won the ARIA Best World Music Album and the Deadly Awards in all categories. He also released a beautiful ‘Gospel’ album in 2015.


Catholic Teacher Blog: St Ignatius of Loyola Feast Day

20 July 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

On Monday 31 July our school will celebrate the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola. One thing that always stands out to me is the musical offerings of our students. There is something about music that touches us deep within and sparks within an emotional response.


RE-cycled: Students National Week of Prayer and Action

06 July 2017 |

Victoria Catholic school students participate in Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum’s National Week of Prayer & Action.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Sneaky Jesus Song - 'If I can dream' by Elvis Presley

21 June 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

A ‘Sneaky Jesus song’ may not be a religious tune, but when you listen to the lyrics it could be mistaken for one.


World Refugee Day: Appealing to our generosity

07 June 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

World Refugee Day is a time to look outside our own world and to notice people whom persecution and war force to leave their nations. It invites us to consider our own good fortune as we see the misery of people who wander at the mercy of others in their struggle for survival. It appeals to our generosity.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Care for the environment

30 May 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

This World Environment Day, Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ reflects on why we need to unite to protect the environment - now more than ever. 


Catholic Teacher Blog: Refugee voice of hope and resilience

24 May 2017 | Danielle Sherry

The greatest thing in the world for social justice advocate and former refugee Isaiah Lahai is not prosperity. It is legacy.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Sneaky Jesus Song - Eurovision 2017

17 May 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

'Amar Pelos Dois' was performed at Eurovision 2017 and to much surprise won the competition for Portugal; their first ever win! The song was written by Salvador’s sister Luisa who is one of Portugal’s contemporary and greatly acclaimed ‘new generation’ of artists/composers. Salvador offers his all in his performances and when asked about his style he stated, “I sing with all of my heart”. This is certainly apparent when listening to ‘Love for Both’. The critics however did not rate this number and Salvador and Portugal were shock winners in most circles.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Twinning Faith and Reason

10 May 2017 | Fr Ross Jones, SJ

Recently, I was invited to speak to our keenest Year 9 Science classes on the topic of ‘Evolution, the Big Bang and Catholicism’. And they were not backward in popping the penetrating questions! It always interests me that the boys at first can think it strange that someone could have a background in science, yet still be a priest. 


Catholic Teacher Blog - The Forever Key

03 May 2017 | Tony Richards

Tony has worked in education for 20 years; Tony’s involvement in education has focused around ICT and its application in the classroom. Tony provides ‘online smart’ sessions to schools, teachers, parents and students across Australia. 


RE-cycled: Prayer Time in Foundation

30 April 2017 |

Every morning in the Foundation classroom, parents, carers, children and their siblings gather together to pray together.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Sneaky Jesus Song - 'Ghetto Gospel' by Tupac Shakur

26 April 2017 | Brendan Nicholls

A ‘Sneaky Jesus song’ may not be a religious tune, but when you listen to the lyrics it could be mistaken for one.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Overflowing

11 April 2017 | Brendon Nicholls

At the start of Autumn, we received our long-awaited rains. As has happened in other parts of Australia over recent weeks, the rain was too much of a good thing. 


Catholic Teacher Blog: Headmaster of St Patrick College, Ballarat at the Royal Commission

22 March 2017 |

The following is the Royal Commission hearings transcript from John Crowley, the headmaster at St Patrick's in Ballarat, which had on its faculty some of Australia's most notorious paedophile priests. Today, Headmaster John Crowley focuses on acknowledging the past, supporting abuse victims and survivors and making sure it never happens again.


Catholic Teacher blog: International Women's Day

07 March 2017 |

On 8 March 2017, people all over the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. We want to hear from our female readers about their experience of being a Catholic woman. What does it mean to be a Catholic woman today? 


Catholic Teacher blog: A wise education

26 February 2017 | Fr Ross Jones, SJ

Fr Ross Jones, SJ contemplates an education that reaches beyond the goal of ingesting information for knowledge sake. 


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