Festival of Ideas - 2022

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​Come to the biggest student voice event of the year and share your wish for education!

We know students have lots of ideas about how to build safe, inclusive & engaged school communities. The Festival of Ideas engages the voices of BCE's biggest stakeholder - students - in the areas important to their education experience.​

The goal

The festival is an opportunity for students from all BCE secondary schools to:

  • connect with like-minded young people

  • listen & learn from each other, to work collaboratively & take ownership of their education.

  • speak directly to BCE Executive Leaders about their educational experience & ideas for school & system improvement

The theme

Wishes for Education is the theme for this year's festival. Student delegates will have the chance to pitch their wish for education & have conversations with students about ideas to transform this wish into a reality. These ideas will then be shared with BCE leaders, school staff & students to action.


The details​


How to apply

  1. ​Complete a Nomination Form by 9am on Monday, 22 August 2022. By completing this form you are saying that you able to attend the festival.

  2. When you complete your Nomination Form your parent/guardian will be sent a Parent Slip to submit

​What happens next...

  • Students who have a completed Nomination Form + Parent Slip will go into the ballot to attend the Festival of Ideas.

  • 100 students names will be drawn from the ballot to attend the festival. The purpose of this ballot is to ensure all schools are fairly represented at the festival. 

  • Parents & students will receive an email by 3 September 2022, to let them know whether or not they have been drawn from the ballot to attend the festival. ​​

What to expect​​

​To find out more about the festival, check out the 2020 Festival of Ideas Highlight video



Who runs the festival:

The Festival of Ideas is co-designed & led by a team of BCE Student Voice Consultants – students in year 7-11 who attend a BCE school. They are supported by student mentors & other adults.

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​Where is The Edge? 

​The Edge​ is located at the Cultural Precinct on Stanley Pl in South Brisbane. Students will need to arrange their own transport to and from the festival.


Have a question?

Questions can be directed to voice@bne.catholic.edu.au