Each year Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) hosts the Catholic Education Staff Breakfast. The breakfast is celebrated on the anniversary of St Mary MacKillop’s canonisation in acknowledgement of dedication and service to the vocation of education. Staff members in Catholic schools across the State who have contributed 30 and 40 years of dedicated service to Catholic education are acknowledged. The breakfast is quite a gala affair being held at the Crown Ballroom, Burswood.
Additionally, the winners of the 2020 Quality Catholic Education (QCE) Awards and the Catholic School Parents WA Awards for Excellence are also presented at this event.
The 2020 QCE Awards recognise programs and initiatives in Catholic schools across Western Australia that support CEWA’s vision of providing Christ-centred, student-focused engaged learning environments. The QCE Awards celebrate the remarkable efforts and dedication of Catholic school communities, staff and students across our state.
This year’s categories are informed by the four Pillars of CEWA’s Strategic Directions and QCE:
- Catholic Identity
The nomination must align with one of the four categories. There are two winners selected for each category – one Primary and one Secondary.
Holy Cross College nominated two programs for the 2020 Quality Catholic Education Awards.
I am very proud to advise that both programs were selected as winners in their respective categories in the 2020 Quality Catholic Education Awards:
- LIFELink Sleepout @ Home in the Catholic Identity category for secondary schools; and
- Virtual School Production – The Monologue Show in the Education category for secondary schools.
There were 83 entries from Catholic primary, secondary and composite schools from across Western Australia. The judges were very impressed with both entries from Holy Cross College, noting the ongoing impact and outcomes our initiatives will have for Holy Cross College and other schools.
The awards are a fitting recognition of the dedication and quest for excellence by all of our staff, students and families at Holy Cross College for their willingness to support our initiatives, especially during the challenges of COIVD-19.
LIFELink Sleepout @ Home
Congratulations to all who supported the LIFELink Sleepout@Home initiative and especially to Mr Ben Bull, Mrs Sharna Bateman and Ms Kate Dunstan for their imagination and supreme organisation. With the onset of Covid-19 restrictions in 2020, Holy Cross College sought to develop a means by which our annual LifeLink Sleepout fundraising event might still be able to occur in in a virtually, while still raising funds and promoting an awareness of social issues prevalent in our society. The development of the virtual format for this event provided a new and innovative opportunity for greater participation, Christian leadership and advocacy of social justice within our College community. On the evening of Thursday 11 June 2020, the online, live-streamed event was launched with over one hundred students, staff and parents participating.
Virtual School Production – The Monologue Show
Mr Chirs McRae, Arts Learning Area Coordinator did not miss a beat when the original stage production of Oliver Twist had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus restrictions. Along with his group of talented students he seamlessly moved to a virtual online production. Mr McRae remained committed to producing high quality learning and enrichment opportunities for students. As a result, the College produced ‘The Monologue Show’, a virtual production which was rehearsed and produced remotely and premiered digitally to a large audience of students, staff and members of the local and wider communities. It proved to be an immense achievement for the College and all involved with students demonstrating remarkable creativity and resilience in the face of adversity. When the production could have been cancelled outright, the students and staff of Holy Cross College found a way to transform a traditional learning and co-curricular event into an opportunity for a changed world. Congratulations to Mr McRae, Mr Guy Jackson, Ms Jessica Vaini, students and all other support staff and parents for a awesome job.
These awards are also a recognition of the innovative and creative talents of all staff, students and parents for the way our community has adapted to the changing educational and social circumstances throughout 2020.