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Coming soon – 24th Annual CDF Sports Awards

Posted 26 October 2021 by Catholic Education in Sport News

We're excited to announce that the 24th Annual CDF Sports Awards will be a virtual presentation to be held on Friday, 12 November 2021. The viewing will commence online at 6:45 pm via a web link on the CEDoW Sport website.

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Former Mt Carmel student celebrated in highly acclaimed NESA Young Writers Anthology

Posted 25 October 2021 by Catholic Education in News

At the young age of 19, former Mt Carmel Catholic College, Varroville student Emma Jones can officially call herself a published author. The 2020 HSC graduate was one of eighteen brilliant young writers selected, from more than 1,385 students, to have their HSC English Extension 2 work published in the highly-acclaimed NSW Education Authority (NESA) Young Writers anthology The Young Writers anthology celebrates the writing talents of some of the most outstanding HSC English students from across the state. 

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Students Speak 4 the Planet

Posted 13 October 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

At St Francis Catholic College Edmondson Park, students have engaged in the Speaking 4 the Planet Competition. Speaking 4 the Planet is an Arts-based approach to sustainability that invites students to participate in an annual online competition in the categories of public speaking, visual arts, drama, writing, video or memes/cartoons. In 2021, the theme was “Rewind the clock – reverse ecosystem degradation.”

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Former CEDoW Director of Schools honoured with prestigious education award

Posted 12 October 2021 by Catholic Education in News

In honour of his lifetime commitment to Catholic education, Peter Turner, the former Director of Schools for Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) received the 2021 Br Kelvin Canavan FMS Catholic School Leadership Award, which was presented to him virtually at the recent Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium. 

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Season of Creation and the Laudato Si' Action Platform

Posted 11 October 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Once again, CEDoW schools seized the opportunity offered by the Season of Creation to further engage in environmental activities and positive actions for the planet.

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Student online learning guaranteed through innovative solution

Posted 6 October 2021 by Catholic Education in News

The increased use of technology in classrooms and cloud-based programs such as Compass, Google Classroom and Zoom has changed the way education is now delivered. To stabilise the added pressure on school networks and support their capacity to deliver classroom learning,  the CEDoWInformation, Communication and Learning Technology (ICLT) team implemented an innovative solution to ensure that student learning is never interrupted due to internet outages.

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Dedicated teacher wins 2Day FM 'Teacher of the Week' award

Posted 30 September 2021 by Catholic Education in News

In the three terms since joining the staff at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Ruse, it’s safe to say Liz Jensen’s compassion and love of teaching has had a profound impact on the students in her Year 6 class, especially young Grace Kedde. Mrs Jensen, a former student at the school, was recently named the 2Day FM 'Teacher of the Week' after Grace nominated her for the competition. 

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Australian Catholics Media Internship Shines Light on Student Voice

Posted 14 September 2021 by Catholic Education in News

Australian Catholics magazine has commemorated the Bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia with a youth edition, offering selected students an exciting and unique introduction to a career in the media. The publication was created by a team of guest editors, including Holy Spirit College, Bellambi Year 11 student, Zara Hatton. 

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Praying and Caring for Creation

Posted 2 September 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

With the arrival of Spring, school communities across the Wollongong Diocese have joined in with the global family to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation marking the beginning of the annual Season of Creation which runs from 1st September and concludes on 4th October.

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Celebrating St Mary of the Cross MacKillop - A woman of courage and compassion

Posted 6 August 2021 by Catholic Education in News

On Sunday 8 August we celebrate the Feast of St Mary MacKillop, in honour of the first and only Australian saint, and take time to reflect on Mary’s life and the immeasurable impact her devotion and calling has had on Catholic education throughout this country. Over the last two centuries, thousands of dedicated women and men, often with very limited resources, rose to the challenge of building the vibrant and diverse Catholic education system that exists in Australia today, but none more so than St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

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CatholicCare offer mental health support through Mindfulness webinars

Posted 2 August 2021 by Catholic Education in News

The uncertainty of the current times we live in, mixed with physical distancing and isolation from families and loved ones due to the recent COVID lockdown has left many feeling anxious, stressed, and worried. To help support people through these difficult circumstances, CatholicCare Wollongong has released six Keeping Calm and Connected: Mindfulness webinars with practical steps to reflect and calm the mind. 

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War On Waste at Bowral!

Posted 23 July 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

There's been a war on waste happening at St Thomas Aquinas Bowral. Since Week 5 in Term 2 the school community has been recycling all of their rubbish, both after morning tea and lunch time as well as in the classroom during wet weather.

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Sister Kerry Macdermott honoured with 2021 NATSICC Non-Indigenous Service to Community Award

Posted 16 July 2021 by Catholic Education in News

In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Sister Kerry Macdermott was recently awarded the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) – 2021 Non-Indigenous Service to Community Award. Over the year Sr Kerry has devoted her life to the service of others, particularly the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families in the Minto/Macarthur area. 

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Year 12 student gatherings with Bishop Brian Mascord

Posted 13 July 2021 by Catholic Education in News

A scripture passage from the book of Jeremiah and the question “What is the Spirit saying to you as a young person in our world today?” were the focus of the recent diocesan Year 12 gatherings with Bishop Brian Mascord. Over three days, Bishop Brian visited six Catholic secondary schools throughout the diocese, spending time in conversation with more than 1,000 Year 12 students. The days provided opportunities for students to share their hopes, challenges and ask questions. 

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NAIDOC Week 2021: “Heal Country, Heal Our Nation”

Posted 5 July 2021 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle – News From Around The Diocese

"This year’s NAIDOC theme 'Heal Country, Heal Our Nation' is significant for me as a Catholic Aboriginal woman, my spiritual connection to country is inherent to my identity. It is more than a place it connects me to my faith and culture calling for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. God’s gift of creation for all...."

— Reflection on NAIDOC Week 2021 and this year's theme, 'Heal Country!' from Karan Taylor, CEDoW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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No time to WASTE!

Posted 29 June 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Waste and not wasting time were key themes explored by students at the recent Secondary Sustainability Conference hosted by Edmund Rice College at Mt Keira.

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Plenary Council agenda calls for missionary, Christ-centred Church

Posted 28 June 2021 by Catholic Education in News

The agenda of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia calls those attending the Council assemblies to “develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia”.

The Council agenda, which has emerged from three years and several layers of prayer, listening, dialogue and discernment, will shape the program of the Council’s assemblies – the first of which opens on October 3 this year.

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Wonderful Waste Recycling at St Anthony's Picton!

Posted 24 June 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

There's lots of wonderful things happening in the environmental space at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School at Picton.

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St Therese students take out prize at international academic competition

Posted 24 June 2021 by Catholic Education in News

Eight curious and dedicated Year 5 students from St Therese Catholic Primary School, West Wollongong have been awarded the title of Illawarra NSW Regional winners of the annual Da Vinci Decathlon competition.

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Baking with Baba at Port Kembla

Posted 17 June 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The students at St Patrick's Port Kembla recently spent an amazing day working in their permaculture garden, The Living Classroom. Each year, the girls and boys in Year 4 are ‘garden ambassadors’, where they work together in the garden, learning about permaculture principles, building soil, planting trees, growing amazing produce and having fun in the sun – and occasionally the rain!

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