Posts Tagged ‘Schools’

Catholic Church in Ireland must give up 23 primary schools

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Catholic Church in Ireland has been told it must divert itself of 23 primary schools across the country following a survey of parental preferences for more plurality and choice. The bishops in the 23 areas have been given six months to provide detailed proposals on how they plan to divest a school of their Read more

Wellington Archdiocese – up to 50 buildings are earthquake risks

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

After completing a preliminary assessment of earthquake risk the Wellington Catholic archdiocese has decided to take a proactive approach and focus on upgrading all its buildings on a prioritised basis, rather than focusing on a single building at a time according to the archdiocese’s administration director Dave Mullin. The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, is Read more

Beatings won’t stop brawls

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Recent school boy brawls in Suva have lead to calls by some Fijian leaders for the re-introduction of corporal punishment. And earlier in the year the Prime Minster of Samoa also threatened to reintroduce corporal punishment in response to school brawls at sporting events. There is no evidence however that the abandonment of corporal punishment has made Read more

Catholic schools hold opportunity for church

Friday, August 10th, 2012

It’s a fairly grim picture for the U.S. Catholic Church these days. Church attendance among all but immigrants in the U.S. is dwindling. Dioceses are being bankrupted by the priest pedophilia scandal. As a result, the church is shuttering many Catholic hospitals, but there’s one possible growth market for the American church: Catholic schools. Since Read more

British students want RE to remain compulsory

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Some 63% of young people in Britain think that Religious Education should remain compulsory in state schools, reports the Tablet. The survey conducted in Britain also shows more than half of the adults questioned believe Religious Education lessons in schools are worthwhile with many favour making Religious Education (RE) compulsory. The poll comes as increasing numbers Read more

Thousands of students stood down from school

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Children as young as five “with deep-set problems” are among more than 2000 Waikato students stood down from school last year for offences including sexual abuse, assault and drug use. Waikato Principals’ Association chair and Marian Catholic School principal John Coulam said primary school students were not immune from being stood down for serious offences. Read more

Teacher sues diocese after being fired for receiving IVF treatments

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

At teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana, USA, is suing the Catholic diocese after being fired for receiving in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments. The teacher, Emily Herx, filed the suit because she was discriminated against after the school’s priest found out she had begun the IVF treatements. IVF treatments are against Catholic Church teaching. According Read more

Many schools take a cut of uniform sales

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

A Dunedin secondary school principal has defended the practice of taking “sweeteners” from school uniform suppliers in return for business. Kavanagh College principal Tracy O’Brien says it is common for schools to have a rebate scheme where suppliers provide a percentage of sales income to schools which buy their uniforms. He was aware of a Read more

Marist Champagnat Institute helping children with disabilities

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Children with disabilities now have access to vocational education at the Marist Champagnat Institute. A statement from the Australian High Commission said the Suva-based secondary school was the only one in Fiji that specialised in teaching vocational and mainstream curriculum to children with disabilities. “The Marist Champagnat Institute is different from other special education schools Read more

Ireland: Change in school patronage plans welcomed

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

There has been a broad welcome to suggested changes to Ireland’s Catholic school patronage though one group said some proposals would “seriously undermine the identity of denominational schools”. The report of the Advisory Group of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism, which has been written to give guidance on how best to transfer Catholic schools Read more