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Archbishop says teachers have big influence

Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has told delegates to the National Conference of Australian Primary Principals that, after parents, teachers are the most influential people in people's lives.

The Catholic Leader reports that Archbishop Bathersby said in his homily at St Stephen's Cathedral that teachers are enormously important because they have such power for doing good.

He said: "As teachers you have the power to open the lives of young people to even greater life, or close them to its possibilities."

More than 600 school principles from Catholic state and independent primary schools converged on Brisbane last week to attend the conference which looked at the dramatic changes to childhood and modern society over the last 50 years.

Catholic Leader