MEETING OF THE EVANGELISATION OFFICE AT JOLIVET HOUSE 4 FEBRUARY 2014 REPORT FROM THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE PRETORIA

CSO Theme for 2014: Catholic Schools – Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

2013 MATRIC RESULTS

The 2013 matric results of our Pretoria Catholic schools were excellent with Loreto Convent and Iona Convent at the top of the list with many distinctions and a university exemption rate of 97% and 93% respectively. CBC gained an average of 100%, Tsogo Secondary 98%, and Boitshepo Secondary 93%. Holy Trinity were pleased with their results of 92% average (compared to 88% of the previous year) and are continuing with their matric re-write programme and already have 32 enrolled students.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE COURSES

This year CSO is offering two courses:

  • RE Formation for RE teachers, with 5 Modules, starting in March and ending in October;
  • Growing Leaders, a leadership course which is being offered for the second time. This year 28 teachers from Johannesburg and Pretoria schools have registered. The course will start with the first two Modules at the Good Shepherd Retreat Centre on 7 and 8 February and the last and 7th Module will take place in September.

INTER-CATHOLIC SCHOOL EVENTS AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FORMATION AND TRAINING – TERM 1

29 January: Principals Forum held at Loreto Primary

31 January:  RE Coordinators meeting at the Denis Adami Centre

12 February:  RE workshop ‘How to prepare a Para-liturgy’ at the Denis Adami Centre

21 February: Teachers’ Day based on the 2014 theme, at St Paulus

4 March: Bursars’ Forum at CBC

8 March: New Staff Orientation at Iona Convent

12 March: Planning Catholic Schools’ Sunday at the Denis Adami Centre

19 March: Principals’ Retreat at Nazareth House

20 March: Gr 11 Mass at CBC

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS

CSO wish to thank Archbishop Slattery and all the parish priests, especially the school chaplains who continue to support and encourage our schools. Fr Patrick Rakeketsi, the newly appointed chaplain at Assumption Convent, has already been introduced to the school and attended the first parents’ evening.

On Tuesday 6 May, the next Chaplains Forum will take place at Santa Sophia, from 8h30 to 11h00.

Renée d’Oliveira (Co-ordinator and Fieldworker)