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The Bees Have Landed at Holy Spirit

Posted 19 February 2024 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Garden at Holy Spirit College Bellambi was literally buzzing with excitement recently as the school's Environmental Group heralded the arrival of some very special guests.

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Winners are Grinners

Posted 15 December 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The smiles were wide at St Anthony's Picton when the school was awarded First Prize for Best School Garden in 2023 by Wollondilly Shire Council in their Spring garden competition. The school received $300 prize money which has gone to the purchase of garden supplies. Congratulations to the staff and students and especially the WEN Contact, Nicole Newton who oversees the gardens at the school. The gardens are one aspect of a myriad of environmental actions that the school is engaged in. Well done St Anthony's!

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Hard work and dedication pays off for top HSC students

Posted 14 December 2023 by Catholic Education in News

More than a thousand students from our eight systemic Catholic secondary schools and one K-12 college completed their HSC this year, resulting in 347 students receiving top honors - 335 Distinguished Achievers, with a further five All-Round Achievers, six Top Achievers, and one First in Course.

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Wollongong athletes at the top of their game: 2023 NSWCCC Blues Awards & NSWCPS Maroon Awards Nights

Posted 8 December 2023 by Catholic Education in News

Following the huge success of the 26th Annual CDF Sports Awards, the winning accolades continued for 17 student athletes from primary and secondary schools across the Diocese pf Wollongong, who received high level awards at the recent NSWCCC Blues Awards and NSWCPS Maroon Awards. 

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Students at St John’s Catholic Primary School Dapto benefit from $9m development

Posted 24 November 2023 by Catholic Education in News

The school community of St John’s Catholic Primary School, Dapto, have been reunited on the same campus for the first time since 1983, thanks to the development of $9m worth of student-centred learning spaces. Students and staff were joined by the Hon Stephen Jones MP; Director of Schools, Peter Hill; and members of the school community when the Bishop of Wollongong, Most Rev Brian Mascord DD, visited the school on Tuesday 21 November 2023 to officially bless and open the facilities.

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Outdoor Learning and Healing Space helps support student mental health and wellbeing

Posted 23 November 2023 by Catholic Education in News

The community of St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Milton, gathered in celebration when the Bishop of Wollongong, Most Rev Brian Mascord DD, visited on Thursday 16 November 2023 to officially bless and open their new Outdoor Learning and Healing Space.The ReGROW, ReNEW, ReDISCOVER and ReUNITEproject, funded by the Australian Government, aims to help the school community heal from the effects of the devastating fires which ravaged the area in 2019-2020. 

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Celebrating Excellence: Highlights from the 26th Annual CDF Sports Awards

Posted 22 November 2023 by Catholic Education in Sport News

Outstanding student athletes from primary and secondary schools, who proudly represented the Diocese of Wollongong at MacKillop and NSW Combined Catholic College events throughout 2023, were celebrated at the 26th annual Catholic Development Fund (CDF) Sports Awards. The event was hosted by the Wollongong Diocesan Sports Council on Friday, 10 November.

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Dealers of Hope: Recognising Excellence at the 2023 Bishop's Student Awards

Posted 18 September 2023 by Catholic Education in News

Nine outstanding students were recently recognised for their excellent achievements and contributions to their school communities at the 2023 Bishop's Student Excellence Awards.

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CEDoW Schools Celebrate and Pray for Creation

Posted 6 September 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Since Pope Francis established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, our schools across the diocese have taken up the opportunity to join the global Christian community to pray for our common home. This begins the month long celebration of the Season of Creation.The theme for 2023 is “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” (Amos 5:24)

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VET Awards Showcase Diversity of Talents Across the Diocese

Posted 31 August 2023 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) has celebrated its annual Vocation Education and Training (VET) Awards ceremony.

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Catholic Education Working to Eradicate Modern Slavery

Posted 14 July 2023 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) is among more than 30 Catholic entities across Australia that have reached a significant milestone in the Church’s efforts to eradicate modern slavery. View CEDoW's Modern Slavery Statement 2021 inside.

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Budding "masterchefs" and gardeners at Milton!

Posted 12 July 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program has arrived and is well and truly underway at St Mary's Star of the Sea, Milton enabling students to learn more about where their food comes from and how to prepare yummy healthy meals.

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Listening to the Cries of the Poor

Posted 26 June 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

In Laudato Si' we are challenged to listen to the cries of the earth and the cries of the poor and recently listening ears were indeed wide open at Ss Peter and Paul Kiama when 33 Year 5 and 6 students participated in the VINNIES WINTER SLEEPOUT as part of their continuing journey of mission.

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WEN Gathering During Laudato Si' Week

Posted 29 May 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Laudato Si' Week theme, Hope for the Earth, Hope for Humanity was the focus for prayer when the WEN Teacher Contact group gathered for their annual professional learning day. This day is always a wonderful opportunity for WEN teachers to network, collaborate and share information and ideas in the ecological space. The Wollongong Environment Network is an initiative that aims to support school communities to respond to Laudato Si’ and implement environmental stewardship and sustainability.

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World Bee Day - The Bees Knees 2023

Posted 23 May 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

When the community at Ss Peter and Paul found that a swarm of bees had taken up residence on a seat in their school playground a couple of years ago they made an ecological choice to contact a local apiarist, Laura. Laura just happened to be a parent at the school and was able to relocate the swarm to a better location and since then the school has been the beneficiaries of yummy local honey collected from their own school hive.

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Students Gather for Ecological Day

Posted 27 March 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

With the rallying call, "You're never too small to make a difference", Primary students from across the diocese gathered recently at OLHC School Rosemeadow for a day exploring ecological issues and challenges, sharing ideas for environmental action and being commissioned as Eco Ambassadors for their schools.

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‘Bangawarra’ - Closing the gap through cultural pride and education pathways

Posted 15 March 2023 by Catholic Education in News

The opportunity to engage with culture and explore career pathways, saw 120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, from years 10, 11, and 12 in Catholic schools across the Diocese of Wollongong, join together, with Elders and Community leaders, for the launch of CEDoW's inaugural Bangawarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Students Engagement and Pathways Program at Kiama. 

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Schools Clean Up for Australia!

Posted 10 March 2023 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Since the first official Clean Up Australia Day on 21 January 1990, communities all over Australia have gotten involved each year and taken positive, practical action to clean up the environment. This year, once again many of our CEDoW schools have embraced the opportunity to join in and clean up their "own backyard".

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Lighting The Way 2023 and beyond

Posted 3 March 2023 by Catholic Education in News

On a night of Eucharistic celebration, the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) community gathered for our annual Education Mass at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow. The inspiring occasion also marked the official launch of the organisation’s new strategic plan, Lighting The Way 2023+, which was presented to the Bishop of Wollongong, Most Rev. Brian Mascord DD.

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Top performing 2022 HSC graduates awarded $20,000 teaching scholarships

Posted 8 February 2023 by Catholic Education in News

Five 2022 HSC graduates recently took their first step towards fulfilling a career in teaching, when each was awarded a $20,000 scholarship from CEDoW Director of Schools, Mr Peter Hill, on Friday 3rd February. 

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