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Bishop Eugene Hurley, Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Darwin and Mr Michael Avery Director of Catholic Education Northern Territory are pleased to announce the official ‘Blessing and Breaking of the Ground’ of our newest school, Mother Teresa’s Catholic Primary School at Zuccoli.
Mr Avery commented ‘This project is exciting for the community of Palmerston and an essential part of Mother Teresa’s School is the building of community among families and staff.  We aim to build a community based on faith, teaching and learning that caters to the needs of each individual child. Central to this is the engagement of families. This project focusses on educational opportunities and choices for families’.
It is envisaged the school will be open for the start of the 2018 school year with the introduction of an Early Learning Centre, Transition and Years 1&2. The remaining year levels, Year 3 through to Year 6 will begin in 2019.
We look forward to the successful construction of Mother Teresa’s School which will impact generations of Territorian children, this project is a joint partnership and we wish to acknowledge the Northern Territory Government and Halikos Construction for their contribution and work. The central purpose of this project is investing in the future for Territorians with a focus of best outcomes for individual students.
For enrolment information please contact Geoff Perry on 08 8984 1400.
The event will be on 24 April 2017 at 4.00PM on site, Ginger St Zuccoli. For more information about the naming of the school please see press release dated 15 February 2017
For media enquiries please contact Kellie McDonald on 0458 262 663.


It is with great pleasure I write to you today to announce the name of the new school being planned at Zuccoli.  After a process of consultation and reflection, the chosen name of the school is "Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School".
This name is contemporary and very much a part of the present story of the wider Catholic Church.  Mother Teresa herself once visited here in Darwin, and there are some of the Sisters living and working in the Territory.
Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia and initially joined the Loreto Sisters.  In 1946 whilst working In India she received what she termed "a call within a call". This led to the new congregation of the Missionaries of Charity whom are called to serve the poorest of the poor.  In the ensuing decades the work of the order spread to Australia, the Middle East and in North America.  In 1979 she won the Nobel Peace Prize, a wonderful recognition of her work.  The order extended further into then many communist countries and eventually across most of the world. She was recognised on many occasions for her outstanding humanitarian work and her death in 1997 was deeply mourned.  Mother Teresa has been an inspiration to many and her work driven by a deep faith. She reminded us "to be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies".
It is fitting that we announce the name of this school in the Year of the Family.  The name "Mother" rather than her title of Saint, being chosen for its reminder of our role to nurture the young people in our schools.
As you go forth today I ask that you remember those whose work, it is to build and develop this new school and pray for them as Mother Teresa herself said "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love".
In Christ,
Bishop Eugene Hurley, Bishop of Darwin, 15 February 2017

Lion King star teaches students about leadership

St John's former student Robbie Collins talks at leadership induction assembly

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Former Lion King cast member Robbie Collins spoke to students Grace Ingham and John Lynch about leadership

Former Lion King cast member Robbie Collins spoke to students Grace Ingham and John Lynch about leadership

MacKillop launches new College and Community Basketball Court

Students at MacKillop Catholic College in Palmerston will start the school year with a new basketball court thanks to the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Darwin, the Australian Government and the joint partnership of the Land Development Corporation and Urbex. Read more....


Wolrd Kidney Day Lifestyle Learning at St Mary's

World Kidney Day Lifestyle Learning at St Mary's Catholic Primary School

World Kidney Day Lifestyle Learning at St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Award makes loyal school leader proud

Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic Primary School proud leader being recongised for her 20 years of service

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Stacey Parker being presented a plaque for her 20 years of service at MCPS

Stacey Parker being presented a plaque for her 20 years of service at MCPS

St Mary's launches new logo and website

The launch and blessing of St Mary’s Catholic Primary school website and logo will take place on Friday February 12th, 9am at our Opening School Mass in St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral. The development of the new logo and website took place throughout 2015 following extensive input from students, staff, families and stakeholders including St Mary’s School Board and representatives from our founding order of nuns - the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH). Dream Media NT designed the new logo and website, following extensive consultation with the logo committee and stakeholders. Our logo captures the OLSH charism and reminds each of us to be the Heart of Christ on earth. We are called to be in relationship with Mary, in faith and love and to make the love of Jesus a tangible reality at St Mary’s Catholic Primary school. Read more...

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Choose Catholic Education TV Ad Campaign

Launch of our new TV Commcerial

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National Teacher of the Year Award

MacKillop Catholic College

David Graham has been awarded the NRL's 2015 National Teacher of the Year Award. David has transformed MacKillop Catholic College in the Northern Territory using Rugby League as a platform for positive change. He founded the MacKillop Sharks Rugby League Club, and in doing so, has streamlined school and club teams to work in partnership.

Through his promotion of the NRL's 'Beyond the Goalpost Program', countless students have had the opportunity to referee at Gala Days and Northern Territory club games.

Congratulations to David for this achievement!

National Teacher of the Year Award

National Teacher of the Year Award

NT's Favourite Teacher Winner at O'Loughlin Catholic College

O'Loughlin Catholic College

The HOT 100 FM and CDU’s search for the NT’s favourite teacher has ended.  O’Loughlin Catholic College had nine teachers nominated for the award earlier this month.  After two weeks of voting Mr Matthew Rivas from O’Loughlin Catholic College has been elected as the NT’s Favourite Teacher.  He received around 84,000 votes from students and members of the College Community.  Matthew is a graduate from Charles Darwin University and a Darwin local – he “absolutely loves this place”.  He “loves that he gets to work every day doing the job that he has an absolute passion for and love”.  Congratulations to Matthew and all other staff who work tirelessly educating our young people.

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NT's Favourite Teacher Winner Matt Rivas from O'Loughlin Catholic College

NT's Favourite Teacher Winner Matt Rivas from O'Loughlin Catholic College

St Joseph's Catholic College Katherine 2015 Anzac Day Award

St Joseph's Catholic College

In this significant year of the ANZAC Centenary, St Joseph's Catholic College, Katherine has been recognised as the Northern Territory winner of the 2015 ANZAC Day Schools' Awards This Award recognised the outstanding effort the College community displayed in embedding the learning activities around this important event into the curriculum and to ensure these events were then showcased to the wider community, an outstanding video was produced.

Students from Transition upwards were involved in the events leading up to this moving commemoration. The project was coordinated by our Defence Support Transition Aide, Mrs Glenda Gilmore, and Mrs Nicola Pett, a tutor at the College, provided expertise to ensure a truly polished video was produced.

The judges commented on the connection with family history, the unique recreation concept and the obvious involvement of the wider College community.

In addition to a plaque and impressive letter from the Minister for Veterans' Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, the College has received a cheque for $2000.

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Happy viewing.

Denis Graham, Principal, St Joseph's Catholic College, Katherine

2015 Anzac Day Award

2015 Anzac Day Award