This year’s Catholic Education Week in Brisbane will feature a unique three-day festival in the grounds of St Stephen’s Cathedral.

The inaugural Festival of Catholic Education from Tuesday 28 July to Thursday 30 July will help introduce students to the heart of the Catholic Church in our archdiocese.

It will feature various activities, designed by students for students, within a market space, stage acts and precinct tours, including a tour of the original Pugin Chapel, now a shrine to St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first saint.

Brisbane Catholic Education’s Executive Director, Pam Betts says the enlightening and informative festival built around the week’s theme – Engaging Minds, Igniting Hearts and Serving Others – will give students a unique perspective on the history and role of the Church in Catholic education.

“We know schools have planned a wide range of activities of their own to celebrate Catholic Education Week, and this festival will serve as a focal point for all that our schools do to further the mission of the Church throughout south-east Queensland,” Ms Betts says.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Cathedral filled with students and teachers from our primary and secondary schools, joining together to showcase the contribution made by Catholic education and the hundreds of thousands of people who have been educated in our schools”.

Catholic Education Week 2015 ambassadors, Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett from Orange Sky Laundry, will also be on hand to talk about how they were challenged to find “something different” to help the homeless.

The two schoolmates launched Australia’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless last year.

Participants can also attend Mass in the cathedral, the official launch of Catholic Education Week, a Q&A session with State Education Minister Kate Jones and the presentation of the Spirit of Catholic Education Awards, in a special ceremony on Wednesday 29 July.

The daily programs will run from 9.30am – 2.20pm.

All schools are encouraged to attend, or participate by presenting an interactive activity on one, two or all days. Parents are also very welcome to join in the fun.

With places quickly filling in Catholic schools as more families choose a Catholic education for their children, now is the time for parents to think about enrolling for 2016.

More than 72,000 students filled classrooms at the beginning of 2015, building on a 35 per cent growth over the past 10 years in 137 Brisbane Catholic Education schools across Brisbane archdiocese, which covers metropolitan Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts, west to South Burnett and north to Childers.

Ms Betts says the significant growth in enrolments over the past 10 years indicated the value families placed upon a faith-based, high quality, affordable education for their children.

“Parents are attracted to the faith-based ethos of our schools and the feeling of being a part of this experience is a major motivator in parental selection of education for their sons and daughters,” she says.

Working closely with parishes and communities, Catholic schools are the face of the Church to young families seeking support for their challenging work of parenting and educating in faith and values.

For more information about a Catholic school near you or for an enrolment pack visit or call (07) 3033 7000.