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Digital Life Schools

Melbourne Catholic schools embrace use of AI tool

Catholic schools in Melbourne are being encouraged to harness artificial intelligence writing tool ChatGPT for teaching and assessment – instead of banning it, as state schools have. Source: The Age.

Charity Schools

Vinnies-Amazon partnership supplies students with back-to-school essentials

For the third year in a row, Amazon Australia has assisted the St Vincent de Paul Society in providing 1000 Australian students with back-to-school essentials for the start of the 2023 school year.


Mentoring program helps student teachers become classroom-ready

A new partnership between Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton and CQ University aimed at building the capability and confidence of pre-service teachers will this year see 11 trainee teachers appointed to Catholic primary schools across the Diocese. Source: CEDR.


Practice makes perfect for ‘big school kids’ in training

There likely won’t be a tear in sight among the prep class of 2023 at St Mary’s College Kingaroy on their first day of school next week. Source: Catholic Leader.

Schools Victoria

Andrews pledges $717m for Catholic, independent schools

Four new Catholic primary schools, a new school campus and upgrades to 13 Catholic and low-fee independent schools have been promised by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in an election pledge valued at $717 million over four years. Source: The Age.


Catholic schools’ musical prompts parent backlash

Sydney Catholic Schools says “with the benefit of hindsight” it would not have staged a musical portraying a disrespect for authority and a same-sex relationship for its system-wide production. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.


Four flood-hit Catholic schools consider permanently relocating

Four flood-affected Catholic schools in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region are considering permanently relocating, after an insurance company told the Lismore Diocese the schools must make changes to receive coverage. Source: ABC News.

Anniversary Schools Youth

Student movement marks 80 years since first rally

The Australian Young Catholic Students movement is today marking 80 years since its first leaders’ rally was held in Melbourne, when nearly 200 Catholic college leaders met to discuss the work of the newly formed organisation.


Labor reaffirms plan for religious freedom laws

NSW Labor Senator Deborah O’Neill has reaffirmed the Albanese Government’s commitment to introducing laws in the current Parliament allowing religious schools to preference hiring people of that same faith. Source: The Catholic Weekly.