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Mother of three wins bishops' justice award

Andrée Rice, an English teacher and religious education co-ordinator now on maternity leave from Geelong's Sacred Heart College, is the fourth recipient of the Australian Bishops' Social Justice Scholarship. She will use the $72,000 ($24,000 pa) scholarship to study towards a Master of Arts in Theology at Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne. She told The Catholic Weekly that theology would help her work as a school religious education coordinator.

"To be an RE coordinator you need that theological knowledge," she said. It will really enhance my ability to have impact in a school having that depth."

Ms Rice has always had a strong interest in social justice, which she attributes to her parents, who worked with refugees, and to her education at the Mercy-run All Hallows School in Brisbane.

In 1996-1997, she and her husband Dr Justin Coleman took up a placement with Australia Volunteers Abroad in Tennant Creek, where she worked part-time as an educator at an Aboriginal-controlled health clinic and taught adult Aboriginal students training to be health workers. Last year she took a group of Sacred Heart students to Central Australia on a reconciliation journey.

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