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Adelaide Catholic school old
scholars Caitlin Brown and Belinda
Maric are on a mission to help
young people realise they can
be agents of change for social
The pair has been appointed to the
Catholic Office for Youth and Young
Adults (COYYA): Caitlin as diocesan
youth ministry development
officer (social justice) and Belinda
as diocesan youth ministry
“By speaking out together, we are
able to create change and give
voice to those who can’t speak for
themselves,” says Caitlin, 22.
Caitlin says the Marist influence of a
Sacred Heart College education has
instilled in her a passion to stand
for those who are marginalised and
disadvantaged. Her role at COYYA
involves connecting Catholic
secondary students and recent
old scholars to the social justice
initiatives and programs of the
Church and affiliated groups, like
Edmund Rice Education Australia
(EREA) and the St Vincent de Paul
Caitlin has been a volunteer at
Edmund Rice Camps SA and Build
the Bridge Volunteers program.
“I want to support students to
empower themselves to create
substantial and sustainable
change,” she says.
Belinda, 21, will be working with
Catholic school students, youth
ministers, youth groups and
recent school leavers to forge and
foster stronger and long-lasting
relationships with the Adelaide
Church and parishes.
“This is a great opportunity for me
to re-engage youth and keep them
engaged and excited about their
Belinda is an Our Lady of the
Sacred Heart old scholar and is part
of the Catholic Croatian Community
based at St Patrick’s Church in
the city. She says she is motivated
by social injustice and the belief,
through her faith, that individuals
working together can facilitate
“It’s easy sometimes to look at all
the injustices of the world and feel
a sense of doom, but there are so
many things we can do and there
are many initiatives that can create
change for the better for others
while bettering ourselves.”
For more information on Catholic
Office for Youth and Young Adults
contact Caitlin Brown on 8301
6868 or email caitlin.brown@cesa.
catholic.edu.au or Belinda Maric
on 8301 6893 or email belinda.
NEW FACES: (L-R) Caitlin Brown and Belinda Maric have recently
joined the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults team and will be
working with school students, old scholars and youth.
A partnership between two same-sex Catholic
colleges in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs
has been further advanced by the purchase of
an eye-catching school bus giving students and
parents greater access to the benefits of same-
sex and co-educational schooling.
All girls Kildare College in Holden Hill and St
Paul’s College (all boys) in nearby Gilles Plains
unveiled the new school bus last month.
The bus is branded with the faces of Year 9
Kildare student Emily Kay and St Paul’s student
Brodie Polkinghorne, Year 7.
The school bus will ferry senior students between
Kildare and St Paul’s to provide wider subject
choices and timetable flexibility, while sharing
campus staff and resources. It will also run a
‘before and after’ school route for both schools.
The Kildare-St Paul’s partnership has increased
in popularity over the past five years, with close
to 100 students this year sharing subjects and
facilities across both colleges.
Kildare College principal Margaret Rouggos said
the partnership gave families in the area the
opportunity to enjoy the benefits of same-sex
and co-ed education for their children in Years
11 and 12. “They really do get the best of both
worlds,” said Mrs Rouggos.
She said Kildare students were taught business
and enterprise studies, legal studies and
specialised maths at St Paul’s, while the boys
were able to study music, drama and hospitality
subjects at Kildare.
St Paul’s College principal Paul Belton said the
partnership maximised use of St Paul’s facilities,
including the Grand Junction Training Centre
which provides trade vocational and employment
opportunities, and the commercial kitchen and
new science labs at Kildare.
Kildare College Year 12 student Maddison
Sales is currently studying modern history at St
Paul’s, while Katia Stefanidis is studying physical
education at the boy’s school.
Maddison says that the relationship with St Paul’s
has meant smaller classes, as some subjects are
offered at both schools. “It has given me more
choice, a greater range of subjects and also it is
good having different teachers from each school.
It is also good to be able to choose subjects from
both schools to get subject lines to fit.”
Katia says: “Year 12 PE is at St Paul’s where
there is a gym, weights room and larger oval so it
is good to be able to use these facilities. I like it;
it gives me a chance to study the subjects I want
Kildare-St Paul’s alliance
FACES ON THE MOVE: (L-R) Brodie Polkinghorne, from St Paul’s College, and Year 9 Kildare
College student Emily Kay are the faces of a new bus servicing the two same-sex Catholic
Ready to inspire youth
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