Reflecting on a successful year in Catholic education
As another year draws to a close, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and executive director of schools, Greg Whitby, have reflected on the many successes of 2011.
In a special video Christmas message, Greg Whitby has thanked teachers, staff and students on another successful year for Catholic schools in the Parramatta diocese.
In his message, Greg spoke about some of the many achievements within the diocese saying that the passion and commitment of staff and leaders puts Catholic education in good stead.
‘It has been a marvel and a pleasure to be involved in the life of our school communities,’ said Greg. ‘I thank you for the gifts you bring to the work you do; I thank you for your passion; I thank our leaders for supporting our teachers and I thank all those who work in every aspect of school life.’
In reflecting on the successes of 2011 Greg highlighted World Youth Day Madrid; Catholic Education’s Lighthouse mentoring program; the implementation of the Building the Education Revolution program; delivery of professional learning for staff and greater efficiencies in information and communication technologies.
‘We look forward to the challenges ahead in 2012,’ said Greg. ‘As a system we can be thankful for we have done what we are about to do for the young people in our care.’
At the Catholic Education thanksgiving mass held on Thursday 15 December, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP reminded education office staff about the true meaning of Christmas and reflected on the achievements of the system.
‘In our Silver Jubilee year as a diocese we look at our schools system with pride, as we see growing enrolments, new learning spaces and learning communities, innovative and responsive pedagogies, diverse people centred on Christ and the teachings of His church,’ said Bishop Anthony.
‘That short list of activities is far from exhaustive, but it reflects the diversity and vibrancy of our schools,’ he said. ‘I extend my heartfelt thanks to you for your contribution and commitment to supporting our schools and serving our students in 2011.’
View Bishop Anthony's Christmas Message below:
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