In 2021, Australian Catholic education celebrates 200 years of Catholic schooling in this country. At St Anthony's Girraween, after celebrating our 70th anniversary in 2020, we will take the opportunity throughout the year to mark this special event in the history of our nation and the Australian Church.
Today, there are 1,751 Catholic schools educating 768,000 students and employing 98,000 staff. National Catholic education Executive Director Jacinta Collins said the bicentennial celebrations recognise the enormous contribution of Catholic schools in Australia. “Over 200 years Catholic schools have educated millions of Australian students,” Ms Collins said. “Australian Catholic schools have a long and proud tradition of delivering high-quality, faith-based education. Our graduates have made, and continue to make, a significant contribution in business, civic and public life, sport, performing and creative arts, community services, and all facets of society. “The bicentenary is an opportunity to celebrate those who have served in Catholic education since its earliest days; the contribution of religious institutes, clergy and lay people in the foundation of schools in cities, rural and remote parts of Australia; and the continuity of this mission with the leaders, staff, families and the wider Church community today."
The bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia will be celebrated throughout 2021 with a range of events commencing with a national virtual launch today 18 February 2021 https://youtu.be/n5JesV9raOU
For more information, visit https://www.ncec.catholic.edu.au/