April 2016

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the April Aurora

What's happening in our cutting edge classrooms?

What's happening in our cutting edge classrooms?

Article by Shannon Hall and Andrew Cornwall

Educations Officers (Learning Technology) at the Catholic Schools Office, Shannon Hall and Andrew Cornwall, explain how students are 'both learning about technology and learning with technology'.

Bishop's Awards recognise community efforts of young Catholics

Bishop's Awards recognise community efforts of young Catholics

Article by Emma Blackford

Six young people, including five from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, were recognised recently at the Bishop’s Catholic Youth Mass and Catholic Schools Week Mass with a Bishop’s Award.

Ceremony of Recognition acknowledges dedicated teaching staff

Ceremony of Recognition acknowledges dedicated teaching staff

Article by Emma Blackford

In an era where career change is common, it’s particularly special to acknowledge and recognise employers who have dedicated their lives to a particular field such as teaching. 

Katrina Dawson Foundation scholarship

Katrina Dawson Foundation scholarship

Article by Emma Blackford

Katrina Dawson was a highly-respected barrister and a loving mum and wife, but is remembered by most Australians as one of three people killed in The Lindt Café siege of December 2014.

Creating stories that are out of this world

Creating stories that are out of this world

Article by Tracey Edstein

For many years journalist Catherine Keenan was writing other people’s stories. Now, as 2016 Australian Local Hero, she is the story. Her passion gives young people the tools to tell their stories. Tracey Edstein visited Catherine’s ‘baby’, The Sydney Story Factory.

CareTalk: Read the signs of burnout and compassion fatigue

CareTalk: Read the signs of burnout and compassion fatigue

Article by Tanya Russell

Q  I have worked as a senior nurse for the past 15 years and have mostly enjoyed it. However, over the past 12 months, I have become increasingly frustrated as there are petty workplace issues that are unresolved. Also, I feel I care too much, and sometimes I carry my sadness and frustration home with me. One of my colleagues suggested I might be “burning out”. I don’t think I am depressed but I find it increasingly difficult to go to work each day. Could ‘burnout’ explain what is going on with me?

Exhilarating experience of Mercy

Exhilarating experience of Mercy

Article by Trish Bogan

With the great foresight of Bishop Bill Wright and the wisdom and guidance of our Missionary of Mercy, Fr Richard Shortall sj, Gresford Parish has personally experienced Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy first hand. 

Life with a purpose/Pints with a Purpose

Life with a purpose/Pints with a Purpose

Article by Brooke Robinson

On the first Monday night of each month Pints with a Purpose hosts talks by a variety of speakers to encourage thoughtful discussions and a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. The venue is The Northern Star Hotel, Hamilton.

Supporting children and young people through parental separation and divorce

Supporting children and young people through parental separation and divorce

Article by Melinda Phillips

Emma was finding it hard to cope. Her parents had separated earlier in the year, and her father was making plans to move again – this time with his new partner. 

Mercy! Merci!

Mercy! Merci!

Article by Michael O’Connor

Napoleon is a great historical figure. He was so great he crowned himself Emperor.

The Way We Were: First Days at School

The Way We Were: First Days at School

Article by John Murray

Have you ever had the experience of beginning kindergarten ... twice?

Pope Francis' Laudato Si': Hope for our Common Home

Pope Francis' Laudato Si': Hope for our Common Home

Article by Denis Edwards

Every time I read Laudato Si’ I discover fresh insights into the relationship between God and the planetary community of life on Earth, our common home. 

We are here to create the good news stories

We are here to create the good news stories

Article by Helene O'Neill

Regular contributor Helene O’Neill updates readers on a diocesan initiative linking families, parishes and schools. 

Passing by

Passing by

Article by John Murray

As the Year of Mercy unfolds, John Murray shares a lyrical recollection of a journey to a place infused with the immanent God.

The five shilling donation

The five shilling donation

Article by Frances Dunn

It all began with John Edmonds’ donation to St John’s Building Fund in 1843, and it ends (hopefully not literally!), with his great, great granddaughter, currently a volunteer member of the working group  planning celebrations around the 150th anniversary of Bishop Murray claiming St John’s Church as his cathedral, and the restoration of St John’s.     

Is there room for a child in your home?

Is there room for a child in your home?

Article by Kim Creigh

CatholicCare believes that every child deserves a loving, caring home and is currently seeking carers who can help ensure that children in the Hunter-Manning get just that. The organisation has been providing social services for over 50 years. Aurora spoke with CatholicCare’s Foster Care Recruitment and Support Manager, Kim Creigh, to find out more about Out Of Home Care (OOHC), including the support and options available to foster carers.

Just because change is normal, doesn't mean it's easy

Just because change is normal, doesn't mean it's easy

Article by Catherine O'Brien

I began working at St Peter’s Campus, All Saints College, Maitland as a clerical assistant in 1994.  In 2008 I undertook a new direction and became a Pastoral Care Worker for the College, under the National Schools Chaplaincy Program.  One of my first challenges in this role came when I undertook training to be a Companion in the Seasons for Growth Program.

Dying to live the Good News

Dying to live the Good News

Article by Bishop Bill Wright

I hope you had a Happy Easter celebration in your family and community, and that it was a time of grace as well as joy, especially in this Year of Mercy, as we open ourselves to new encounters with the Risen Christ, the ‘face’ of the loving and merciful Father.

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