The Diocese of Toowoomba held a commencement mass to launch the celebration of 200 years of Catholic education on 5 February.
Bishop of Toowoomba Robert McGuckin reiterated the importance of the ongoing work for all involved in Catholic education in forming students in their faith and enabling them to make a meaningful contribution to the world.
“Students catch values through day-to-day interactions and the relationships they form in school,” said Bishop Robert.
Toowoomba Catholic Schools executive director Dr Pat Coughlan spoke about how the theme for 200 years of Catholic education, ‘Faith in the future’ links seamlessly with Toowoomba Catholic Schools’ focus for 2021, ‘Being distinctively Catholic’.
“Toowoomba Catholic Schools are committed to ensuring all students experience academic success within a distinctively Catholic environment,” Pat said.
“We are called to provide students with advice, experiences and perspectives so that they might come to a positive individual identity that reflects our Catholic values and beliefs.
“This theme will also be followed for staff academic and professional development as the two go hand-in-hand,” he said.