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Celebrating Innovation

There are innovative activities quietly occurring everyday across the CEnet membership.
This edition of the CEnet Member Bulletin focuses on examples of innovation in varied forms, that we have heard about in the last week.
CEnet Recognized for Digital Innovation
CEnet was acknowledged last week for the innovative approach it has taken to enhancing application integration with the Enterprise Integration Platform project, which makes use of Boomi.

case study "Catholic Education Network Streamlines Application Access Across 30 Systems" published on Monday reports on the work that CEnet is doing in the areas of  integration and identity to streamline application access.
 
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Rockhampton Diocese
St Benedict's Robotics Program

Digital Technologies, STEM, higher order thinking, collaboration, innovation and creativity are vital elements within the Australian Curriculum. St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School Yeppoon (Qld) made the decision to adjust their teaching and learning program, specifically targeting these areas in 2020.
The school, in partnership with their Parents and Friends Association, purchased a range of robotics and digital equipment to compliment the implementation of the program. St Benedict’s has, for a number of years, conducted Robotics and Coding Clubs during lunch periods. The school wanted to build on these initiatives and student interest to further promote the use of technologies within the classroom setting.
In 2020, with support from the Catholic Education Office (Rockhampton), the school committed to providing classes with the opportunity to participate in a ‘Genius Hour’ each fortnight. 

Robotic skills and programming are explicitly taught through the ‘Genius hour’ to ensure students are familiar with the workings of particular robots and related equipment. This allows classroom teachers to build on this familiarity and confidence, and to use equipment in other areas of the curriculum.
Mrs Robyn Finch, Information and Communication Technology Consultant, from Catholic Education Rockhampton assisted with advice on allocating robots across classes according to their level of complexity and alignment with the Digital Technologies Curriculum.

Along with the fortnightly Genius Hour, an extra five days over a period of five weeks was devoted to teaching the explicit skills for each type of robot. Students’ learning and collaboration was extended through challenging tasks, building upon prior knowledge and steadily developing skills. 
 
After this intense program, St Benedict’s will maintain and build on these skills throughout the year, across the curriculum. Professional development with existing and new equipment will build confidence in using the resources. St Benedict’s Parents and Friends Association have recently purchased two 3D printers adding to the school's repertoire of technological equipment. The program will incorporate their use and all classroom teachers and classes will engage with this technology. The very successful lunchtime clubs will continue to operate, building a learning environment which continually engages technological thinking and innovation.  
Lismore Diocese
Higgs Field: The Greatest Field of All | Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2020 

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a STEM-focused challenge with the central ethos that Science is Humanity's Superpower.  The contest requires students to make a 3-minute video explaining a big idea in Physics, Life-Sciences or Mathematics.  Reuben Adlington, a Year 10 Student at Xavier Catholic College, has seized upon the opportunity presented by blended-learning to create an exceptional entry in which he explains the Higgs Field.  Not sure what the Higgs field is?  Watch this inspirational video to find out.
Higgs Field: The Greatest Field of All | Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2020 
Diocese of Broken Bay
Supporting School Communities

The COVID Pandemic has raised many educational, pastoral, financial and wellbeing challenges for Catholic School Systems in Australia and throughout the world. Having identified the ongoing costs for engaging casual teachers for RFF, sick leave and carer’s leave as an area of significant financial challenge, recently appointed Interim Director of Schools in the Broken Bay Diocese, Danny Casey has initiated and formed a response that puts families experiencing hardship first.

Education Officers and Senior Leaders from the Catholic Schools Office have volunteered to provide additional support to school communities in the form of face to face classroom teaching. Team members nominate the days on which they are available to provide face to face classroom teaching relief for schools before providing the same based on school needs and demand.

This innovative next-level approach to supporting school communities enables the system to increase the scope of financial support available to needy families, many of which have been greatly affected by the effects of the pandemic, through school fee relief. Parents would not know that this initiative is quietly underway but no doubt would be very appreciative of this pastoral and financial support.
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Celebrating a Significant Milestone
We couldn't let this edition of the Member Bulletin go out without noting a significant achievement last week for one of our CEnet staff members. CEnet staff had the opportunity to celebrate a significant milestone last week, with Chris Burrows, CEnet's Manager, People and Culture reaching his 20 years of service to Catholic Education.

Chris was employee number 1 during the transition from CASTnet which kicked off in 2000, that ultimately evolved into CEnet in 2007.

CEnet marked Chris' milestone with the cleverly coordinated presentation of a gift, which Chris opened during a virtual staff meeting this week.
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