Commonwealth Funding for Independent Schools

This week I attended the National Consultative Group meeting of the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) in Canberra, which included a meeting with the new Federal Minister for Education, The Hon Dan Tehan MP.

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Education Council meeting

The Education Council met in Adelaide on the last Friday of June, with ministers discussing a range of national issues across the early childhood and school education portfolios.
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Calvary Christian College part of Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth
Calvary Christian College’s Principal and two staff will travel to Windsor Castle in London after being invited to tell their story of innovation in educational practice as part of Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday celebrations in May, 2016. The College will also be featured in the Her Majesty’s official commemorative album in the chapter titled “The Best of the Commonwealth”. [Read more…]

Making more mission possible

2016 combo pic
(L–R) Clayfield College student Danella Mene and Moreton Bay College student Caitlin Ramsay. Photos: Supplied

A Uniting Church Foundation program supporting Year 10 Indigenous students to fulfill their educational potential is going from strength to strength.

Two more Indigenous students have been helped to pursue their vocational goals, thanks to a second round of grants from the Uniting Church Foundation’s $10 for 10 Appeal. [Read more…]

New Head of College Announcement – Moreton Bay College

Moreton Bay College takes pleasure in announcing the appointment of Ms Jennifer Winn as Head of College effective from 4 January 2016.

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Moreton Bay Boys’ College Cross  

The Symbolism of the Cross 

“The new cross is a representation of the role faith plays in the foundation and identity of the college. Simply putting up a cross does not make us Christian though. Rather it is symbolic of what we strive for, to be the people that God has created us to be”

– Shane McCarthy, School Chaplain at Moreton Bay Boys’ College 

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New Principal Announcement – Calvary Christian College

Calvary Christian College takes pleasure in announcing the appointment of Mr Steven Coote as Principal and CEO of Calvary Christian College from January 2016.

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Steven Coote

Indigenous Learning Pathways Grant

This grant has been established by the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged Indigenous students by contributing to the cost of equipment, travel, training and/or study resources which will help students to complete training or a qualification that has the potential to lead to meaningful long term employment.

Grants from the Indigenous Learning Pathways will be made to eligible Indigenous students following applications to and recommendations from the Schools and Residential Colleges Commission.

Three Indigenous students have received the first round of grants through the Synod’s $10 for 10 appeal to help them achieve their dreams for the future.
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To donate to the $10 for 10 appeal, please visit

NGS support of Schools Commission

Chair of the Schools Commission, Rev David MacGregor, and Executive Officer, Mrs Elaine Rae, were delighted to accept a cheque from Mr Neil Kent of NGS at the Schools Commission meeting yesterday. NGS have generously been assisting the Uniting Church Schools Commission in their work in improving school governance. NGS also works directly with our schools in assisting staff with their superannuation queries.


Ethos statement for UCA Schools

This week marked the launch of the published Ethos Statement for Uniting Church Schools in Queensland. The document is intended to assist schools to understand how the ethos of the Uniting Church unfolds in a school context. Go to the Policies tab for the full copy.