Melbourne Catholic schools celebrate the bicentenary

15 Mar 2021

Above: St Paul’s Primary School Coburg 200 years display

Across the Archdiocese of Melbourne school-based events have been held to mark the beginning of the bicentenary of Catholic education celebrations. 

Executive director of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) Jim Miles said with gratitude, enthusiasm and confidence, we come together to celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia.

“In what is MACS’ foundation year, we are grateful to the generations of dedicated Catholic educators who used their ‘present’ to enthusiastically build a schooling system with only their faith in the future for what might lie ahead,” he said.

St Paul’s School in Coburg commenced their school celebrations for the 200 years of Catholic education, with an opening year Mass on 25 February.

The Mass celebrated by Parish Priest Fr Raymond Bugeja was an opportunity for the school community to gather together and featured a large banner with the 200 years symbol that was decorated with drawings by St Paul’s students.

Celebrations for the bicentenary of Catholic education were held during Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools annual Catholic Education Week, from 14 – 21 March.

Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Comensoli shared a message of encouragement for the Catholic education community as part of the celebrations.

“We live our lives in our families and our homes, in local neighbourhoods and with our friends, in our schools.

“It’s in our local where we meet those in our lives who can nurture us, who can love us and who can encourage us,” Archbishop Peter said. 

He also encouraged students to remember each other in prayer and to remember the presence of God in their lives.

Hundreds of students from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne exhibited their artwork as part of annual Creative Arts Exhibition held during Catholic Education Week.

Artworks were displayed at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne, and a digital gallery was shared with schools, students, families and the Catholic community so they could virtually view the works.

View the digital gallery

Above: Solid Rock artwork by Ivy Year 4 St Mary’s, St Kilda East


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