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  • Education is a gift for all

    NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes recently set the cat amongst the pigeons when he announced that there would be no new fully selective schools built in NSW. He argued passionately that every child needs to be viewed as gifted and talented and educated in a way that allows these qualities to flourish. Read more...
  • Selective schools a ‘ruse’

    Getting into a selective school is a bit like elite tennis in some Sydney circles: high pressure, worked-up parents, early starts, frequent practice sessions, expensive coaching regimes. Education was never intended to be a competitive individual sport. Great schools for every child – not just for selected students – are the only way to play fair in education. Read more...
  • STEM isn’t everything

    Last month, NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes suggested schools needed to avoid the over-promotion of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) above other areas, cautioning against following education ‘fads’. We have to be very careful that we don’t overreact to the STEM trend, otherwise we could be doing ourselves a disservice. Read more...
  • The Two Sides of Social Media

    These days it is rare to find a teenager who doesn’t have at least one social media account. When I speak to young people, I’m always interested in hearing about how they use and often misuse technology. Read more...
  • Discipline and punishment are not the same thing

    It’s no secret that the industrial model of schooling was built on ensuring students comply. Over the decades, we’ve used all sorts of ‘carrot and stick’ approaches. It was only around 25 years ago that corporal punishment was banned. Fortunately, those days are gone but dealing with difficult behaviours in schools remains very challenging.
  • Parents are key partners

    Schools strive to deliver the best outcomes for students. However, schools sometimes miss a golden opportunity to do even more for their students when they fail to engage parents as partners in education.
  • Rethinking the role of the school principal

    There has been a lot of coverage in recent years on the growing number of stressed out school principals. It is pretty clear that leading a school community is not only demanding but can also be lonely work.
  • The school parking dilemma

    Not that long ago, it was the norm for children to walk to school, catch a bus or train, or get a lift with another parent. Today, more parents are choosing to drive their children to school and this has meant a lot more traffic congestion around schools and demands on available parking spaces. Read more...
  • Student Voice is Powerful

    When you think about the most successful organisations and businesses, customer feedback and satisfaction means everything. How often have you been asked how the meal was; whether you enjoyed your stay or how you would rate your driver? Read more...
  • Is there a right way to learn?

    Most of us went to school at a time when the only way to learn your times tables was to memorise and recall by heart. We call this type of learning - rote. Read more...
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An Education Hub
With a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the school will be an educational hub for the Science Park and integrate seamlessly with the life and work of the community. Through the use of shared facilities, business-educational partnerships and collaboration on real-world problems, this ‘thinking’ school will prepare students for the STEM-focused knowledge jobs of the future. Mentoring and internships will allow students to apply their learning to real life situations and pursue tertiary and post school opportunities within and beyond the Science Park.
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2016 Teacher Awards
On Thursday 27 October, 66 leaders and staff from Catholic schools and the education office were recognised for a collective 2570 years of service and 50 years of leadership at a special ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The Staff Recognition Awards were presented by Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation, Rev Christopher de Souza EV and Executive Director Greg Whitby at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.
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2016 Principals Masterclass
The annual Principals Masterclass, which is the key professional learning experience for principals and senior leaders from the education office, was held on 20 and 21 October at Rooty Hill RSL.
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2016 Bishop of Parramatta Award for Student Excellence
The annual Bishop of Parramatta Awards for Student Excellence which recognises the religious and academic achievement of Year 12 students across the Diocese of Parramatta, were presented at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 8 September 2016.
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2016 Ready, Set…. Read! St Agnes’ Reading Relay
On Thursday 1 September 2016, Year 7 students from St Agnes Catholic High School Rooty Hill participated in the school’s annual Reading Relay.
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2016 Way of Mercy Cross and Relics
On Monday 8 August 2016, hundreds of students, parish members and Catholic Education staff from around the diocese gathered in St Patrick’s Cathedral, North Parramatta for the official Way of Mercy launch.
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2016 Called to lead the Way of Mercy
On Monday 8 August 2016, hundreds of students, parish members and Catholic Education staff from around the diocese gathered in St Patrick’s Cathedral, North Parramatta for the official Way of Mercy launch.
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2016 McCarthy STEM Expo
Ahead of National Science Week (13-21 August) McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains hosted a week-long STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) expo.
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2016 World Youth Day Pilgrims in Poland
Our pilgrims at World Youth Day in Poland
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2016 World Youth Day Pilgrims in the Philippines
Our pilgrims and their Mission work in the Philippines
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2016 CEDP partners with Marists
CEDP partners with Marists on a new learning zone.
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2016 WYD Pilgrims visiting the Dominican Church
WYD 2016 Pilgrimage 2 - Visiting the Dominican Church
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Media enquiries can be emailed to mrix@parra.catholic.edu.au. Please include your contact details, including your phone number and the deadline for your story. Alternatively call Mark Rix on 0417 442 018.

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