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26 May 2022
Greg Whitby AM KSG will retire as Executive Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta at the end of the 2022 school year. Over more than 40 years service to education, Greg has been a champion of innovation and change in learning and teaching.
25 May 2022
What incredible art🎨🚁🐲 from former St Thomas Aquinas Celebrates student Sean Cordeiro to win the prestigious 2022 Sulman Prize! Sean, who went to school at St Thomas Aquinas during the '80s, and fellow Blackheath artist Claire Healy won the prize for this masterpiece - turning part of a helicopter into a kite!😳🤩👏👏 The Blue Mountain Gazette ran the following story while Principal Marina Hardy and former Principal Peter Gibson (who was at the school when Sean was a student) expressed their delight that a former student has gone onto such great success. https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/2022-Sulman
25 May 2022
Year 4 at Our Lady of the Way School, Emu Plains simply LOVED their bike and road safety day at the Community and Road Education Scheme (CARES)! 🚴♂️😁🚗 Students enjoyed their day learning about road sense, helmets, bike maintenance and street safety, featuring a talk from Senior Constable Pritchard. 🚔👮♂️ Students even got to experience a simulated roadway with real traffic lights and stop signs! 🚧🚦🛑
24 May 2022
Seeing students and staff volunteer for Vinnies Van highlights how important supporting those in need is to our school communities.🤲😇 Despite the wet weather, students from St Andrews College, Marayong (Official) and Bede Polding College recently volunteered to support the communities of Mt Druitt & Parramatta. They provided sandwiches🥪, hot beverages☕️ and great conversation.🍎🥫😊 Marian Catholic College Kenthurst students also volunteer while Caroline Chisholm College Year 8 students supported the service recently by staying after school to make sandwiches. Well done to all these students and all our schools that support worthy causes such as Vinnies NSW.😍🥰😇
24 May 2022
So proud to see such fine young school leaders from St Michael's Primary Baulkham Hills represent their school at the Annual Hills Young Leaders' Afternoon Tea at the NSW Parliament House last week.😇🥰👍 Principal Mrs Danuta Maka accompanied the students as they met with various civic leaders including NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet. The students spoke about their journey into leadership and discussed what skills and qualities are important to being a good leader. The Premier shared his journey in leadership and reminded our students that they are not in their leadership roles by chance. They are there because they have leadership qualities that are recognised by their peers and teachers. He said that they have an obligation to make a difference in their school and community and, like Mary Mackillop our patron saint, their role is also one of service. He also encouraged them to show their appreciation for their parents and teachers for the many opportunities that have been provided to them. Some of the other leaders students had the opportunity to speak to were: Stacey Tannos, Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Superintendent Darrin Batchelor, Commander of the Hills Police Area Command Carlene York, Commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Services (SES) Chief Superintendent, Michael Morris, Area Commander Fire and Rescue
24 May 2022
Former St Thomas Aquinas Primary Springwood student Sean Cordeiro and fellow Blackheath artist Claire Healy have won the prestigious Sulman Prize for 2022 with their depiction of the fight between the warrior Raiko and the demon Shuten-dji.
23 May 2022
What an exciting day out😄🥳 for more than 400 students from so many of our schools as they attended the awesome LIFTED Live Jr at West HQ recently.👏👍 After last year's event went online due to COVID, students were thrilled to be back together dancing💃🕺 and singing👨🎤👩🎤 as they made new friends and listened to reflections about faith and recognising the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.🙏😇 Read the full story and check great pics from this exciting event here: https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/2022-LIFTED-Jnr
23 May 2022
We loved😍 seeing so many students, staff and parents enjoying walking🚶🚶♀️🚶♂️ to school for National Walk Safely to School Day last week.😊😎🥰 Students at Our Lady of the Nativity, Lawson NSW were rewarded with a healthy treat🍓🍌🍏 on their arrival at school while there were also plenty of smiles😁😇 from those walking to school at St Joseph's Primary School Kingswood and Holy Cross Primary Glenwood.👍👊 It flows on from the great turnout at Mary Immaculate Primary School and St Anthony's Primary, Girraween - check out the great photos from those schools here: https://www.facebook.com/CatholicEdParra/posts/5265299163491699
23 May 2022
Organised by Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP) in collaboration with Catholic Education (CEDP), the annual LIFTED Live Jr event is a dynamic day bringing Years 5 and 6 students together in music and faith.
22 May 2022
Animals are certainly a big hit in our schools! ❤️🐷🐶🐾 Bethany Catholic Primary School are chirping with happiness over their new Kindy chicks. 🐥💛 While St. Aidan's Primary School, Rooty Hill are having some fun horse-riding!🐴🐎 Huge congratulations to the Agriculture show teams at Penola Catholic College Emu Plains and Marian Catholic College Kenthurst for outstanding results in the Hawkesbury and Sydney Royal Easter Shows. 🐓🐮🏆🥇 P.S. Scroll through the photos to see Marian's adorable new additions Buzz and Woody🥰🐄
22 May 2022
CathWest Innovation College continues to provide such awesome opportunities for students courtesy of their fantastic industry partnerships.👨🏭🧑🔧👩🍳👷♂️ One well established partnership is with CPB Contractors where many civil construction👷♂️ and financial services👩💼 students are achieving industry recognised credentials and experience while working towards the HSC. 👏🚋🚧🏗 If you're interested in school done differently, perhaps consider going along to one of their two Open Days next week. https://cathwest.parra.catholic.edu.au/Enrol-Now/Tours-and-Events You can also read all about the partnership with CPB in this article from last year. https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/whats-on/latest-news/2021/12/09/03/37/international-construction-firm-trades-up-for-more-cathwest-students
21 May 2022
Have you ever wondered what school life was like 150 years ago, back in the 1800s?👒👫💚 St Bernadette's Primary, Castle Hill, St John's Primary, Riverstone and Santa Sophia Catholic College time-travelled to the past and are here to show you! Students had so much fun walking in the shoes of a child in the 19th century, learning how to wash clothes, stitch, pump water, churn butter and carry water pails.💧👚🧵 They even visited a shearing shed, blacksmith's workshop, early day cottages and even an 1888 original schoolhouse!🏚🐑☀️
11 Oct 2022The 2022 Conference will provide a unique opportunity for people to explore effective and culturally appropriate strategies and current practices targeted towards 'Closing the Gap' in educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young peoples.
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