Artwork celebrates success of Catholic education

'50 Years Together

A visual representation of the unification of Catholic schools across Western Australia 50 years ago has been unveiled. Source: The eRecord.

The 50 Years Together artwork is by Whadjuk-Yuet-Ballardong artist Kevin Bynder and was recreated in stained glass by Kim Fitzpatrick.

Commissioned by the WA Catholic Education Commission and launched at a special dinner to celebrate 50 years of Catholic education in Western Australia, as well as the 200th anniversary of Catholic education nationally, the artwork will be installed at the entrance of the CEWA offices in the Perth suburb of Leederville.

CEWA Executive Director Debra Sayce said the establishment of Catholic Education Western Australia, with an increasingly important role played by the Commission and office staff supporting schools, has had immense benefits for dealings with government, for the standards of teaching and learning and the level of collaboration between schools.

“It has supported a commitment to the affordability and accessibility of Catholic education, enabling the offer of a Catholic education to marginalised members and segments of the broader WA community,” Dr Sayce said.

“A very special aspect of Catholic education is that we are part of the global Church. Our students benefit from learning and growing in this reality, with opportunities to experience community in prayer, liturgical traditions, learning connections and social justice action.

“We recognise our commonality with Catholic schools around the world, and in 2021 we join with the national Catholic education community to mark 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. Two hundred years on, we are an integral part of the education landscape in each state and territory, and Catholic schools are important hubs of learning and faith formation for many metropolitan, regional and remote communities,” Dr Sayce added.


Catholic education celebrated with launch of visual representation (The eRecord)

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