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Gen Z prayer book - The St Thomas More Way

It's been something we have been playing with for a number of years at St Thomas More College ... prayers available for staff in a variety of ways and contexts. We've tried publishing prayers each week on paper, adding them to Moodle for staff to access, printing and binding our own version each term - which was very time consuming.

The Gen Z prayer book is 95 pages.

The design is very contemporary. It has some simple instructions for how to create prayer spaces; some  brief discussion about what prayer is (just simple and direct); traditional prayers that we would be using in Pastoral Care or learning through RE classes; a large section of prayers from our community - students, staff, parents all contributed (we gave these headings so if there is a particular theme or mood the prayer can be easily selected); prayers for the Church seasons; the final section is what we've called "Occasion Prayers" around the themes of: family, health, study, friends and birthdays.

Our plan was to develop something that would have a life of about 5 years. Of course, it can continue to be used for longer than that we were conscious that we couldn't develop something that would be timeless if it had a contemporary look. The cost is probably going to be about $25 a book. For us that's less - over 5 years - than we will pay on photocopying prayers constantly. We are very excited by this project.

I'm happy to talk further with you. Get in contact with John Thomas if you would like more information (College Phone number: 3323 4600)

Are your school toilets in need of a transformation?

At Urban Utilities, we’re passionate about partnering with the younger generations to deliver community outcomes that support liveable and connected communities and enhance the environment.  This is why we’re offering two grants to school students in our service region to transform their school toilets into water efficient, appealing and safe places for their fellow students.

Our solution is to support The School Toilet Project which is a nation-wide initiative which aims to empower students to transform school toilets across Australia. Urban Utilities is supporting this initiative by providing financial, project management and design support to schools in our service territory that wish to reform their toilets.

If your school is in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim or Somerset area, you can apply for a ‘School Toilet Transformation’ grant. Primary schools can apply for a $3,000 grant and secondary schools can apply for a $7,000 grant. (If you’re a P-12 school, you can apply for either grant).

2019/20 SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative

Shade Grant open!

 Reduce the risk of skin cancer in your organisation and protect children in your care against UV exposure by applying for the SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative today.  

 Not-for-profit organisations catering for children and young people (0-18yrs) can apply for funding to purchase shade structures under this joint initiative by Cancer Council Queensland and the Queensland Government. 

 Eligibility: All Queensland based not-for-profit schools, OSHC services, Early Childhood Centres, Junior Sports Clubs and Youth Community Groups are eligible. Your organisation could receive up to 50% of the total cost of your shade project with a maximum of $2,000 for portable shade (marquees) and up to $5,000 for permanent shade (shade sails/hard structures).  

 For more information visit: 

Applications close 5pm Thursday November 8, 2019. 

 Organisations that have received funding in the past two years are ineligible to apply but are encouraged to review their SunSmart status at 

For more information contact Cancer Council Queensland at 


Our new Office telephone number is: 07 3905 9730

Working Families Survey Open Now

The first National Working Families Survey is now open. This survey only takes 10 minutes to complete and you are invited to participate.

National Working Families Survey

Nude Food Grants Open Now - Apply Today

From the 4th June 2019 organisers are inviting submissions from education providers, classes and students around Australia to apply for a Nude Food Grant. Submissions close at 5pm on 12th August 2019.

Organisers pledge to giveaway $10,000 (financial and otherwise) to bring your best nutrition, environmental sustainability and Nude Food ideas to fruition.

Throughout Nude Food October the team will be making surprise visits to congratulate (and assist!) the successful applicants. We don’t care how big, small or crazy the idea…. We just want to help you make a difference in your local community!

Apply today for your Nude Food Grant

National Simultaneous Storytime 2019

NSS2019 - WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2019, 11AM

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. 

To participate read more here NSS2019 - WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2019

Important Parent Events -2019 Federal Election


Hear what candidates have to say about supporting your child's Catholic education and their future.


NCEC Facts on School Funding in Australia

School funding can be a confusing and contentious topic – so it’s important that parents and school communities know the facts.
This leaflet explains how and why governments fund all not-for-profit schools, including Catholic schools.

Politics in Service of Peace - A Statement by the ACBC

Christian faith is not a private matter. It shapes how we live our lives in public,as well as how we relate to God. Politics can be the object of criticism, even scorn,
but it is an arena in which we can express our faith and therefore the truth of our humanity.As citizens who are Catholic, we have the
opportunity to participate in the electoral process, to use our voice and our vote for the benefit of the whole community. 

click here to read the document

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