Throughout 2021 we are celebrating 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. On the 23rd of August school and community leaders came together to pay tribute to the contribution of Catholic education across the Diocese.
We were pleased to be joined by St Aloysius Catholic College student Hanna Synnott and her mother Michelle, proud Palawa women who provided an inspiring acknowledgement of country.
The talent of students within Catholic education was truly on display with students providing entertainment as well as decorations for the evening. Upon arrival, guests were met with rustic ceramic church candle holders which were provided by students from MacKillop Catholic College. The artwork featured at guests tables was designed by St Patrick’s College students with disabilities and learning needs who were supported by a local Aunty who came in to work with some of their First Nation students.
Also joining us were students from MacKillop's band who entertained as guests arrived and throughout the night.
In attendance were a number of esteemed guests including Tasmanian Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, His Grace Archbishop Julian Porteous, representatives from each of our schools, sitting MP’s and Senators.
Guests were welcomed by CET Director Gerard Gaskin and shared a message highlighting the value that faith-based education has for our children and our communities. Gerard expressed his gratitude for those who paved the way for Catholic education here in Tasmania, noting:
“This is our opportunity to express our profound gratitude to all those Tasmanians Catholic bishops, clergy, and Church leaders, along with the educators - priests, religious and lay - who dedicated their lives to the education of all the students in our Catholic schools”
Following Gerard’s welcome, we were joined by His Grace Archbishop Julian Porteous who spoke to the important role that Catholic education plays in the mission of the Church followed by Grace.
Minister for Education the Honourable Sarah Courtney MP took to the stage to discuss Catholic education's rich history in Tasmania and shared in our excitement for what its future holds.
The final speaker for the evening was David Dilger who shared stories from his time in Catholic education at St Virgil’s College and beyond, highlighting the importance of gratitude and belonging within the school community.
Catholic education has a long and proud history in Tasmania and as we celebrate our faith in the future we look forward to the next 200 years with confidence that our future is in good hands.