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Posted 5 March 2020 by Catholic Education in News

A blend of wisdom and youth filled the room, as over 200 guests gathered at Villa D’oro Function Centre on 27 February to welcome new staff to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW).

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Plenary Council Update

Posted 4 March 2020 by Catholic Education in News

The Plenary Council in Australia is now just months away. The Plenary Council will begin on:
• Sunday 4 October 2020 in Adelaide and conclude on Sunday 11 October 2020
• Monday 28 June 2021 in Sydney and conclude on Saturday 3 July 2021

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St Michael's Veggie Pods

Posted 3 March 2020 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The students at St Michael's Mittagong have had a bumper crop from their veggie pods which is a new eco initiative for the school community.
Emily from Year 4 reports...

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for parents and students – 1 March 2020

Posted 1 March 2020 by Catholic Education in News

Update regarding overseas school excursions

Based on the advice we have received from Catholic Schools NSW, the NSW Department of Education, the NSW Ministry of Health and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CEDoW has determined that all overseas school excursions are currently 'on hold' until further notice. This also means that parents/students are not required to make any further scheduled payments for school-based overseas travel until further notice. 

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Posted 28 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

Wollongong Catholic School students come together in solidarity with the world's poor at Project Compassion for 2020. Ten-year-old Tawonga often had to miss school because she was too sick from hunger. The youngest of six children, Tawonga was born in a region of Malawa plagued by food insecurity and poverty.  For most of her life, her parents struggled to put meals on the table. The family has also faced discrimination in their community due to Tawonga having a disability. 

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Posted 27 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

Good things seem to come in fives for Dylan Anderson. Fifteen years ago, he walked through the gates of St Michael’s Catholic Parish Primary School, Nowra for the first time. Five years later he was school captain. Now he’s back as the school’s newest teacher, sharing a class with the woman who first inspired his love for education – his Year Five teacher, Maree Hamilton.

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Mount Carmel Varroville celebrates their HSC High Achievers success

Posted 25 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

Starting small was revealed as the secret to large successes at the Mount Carmel Catholic College Varroville’s HSC High Achievers ceremony last Friday, which celebrated the outstanding results of the school’s 2019 Year 12 cohort.

Mount Carmel recognised an impressive 14 HSC High Achievers, including student, Shequina Pereira, who placed first in all NSW-based schools in Indonesian Beginners. Mount Carmel was pleased to welcome special guests from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia for the occasion.

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CEDoW students gather to reflect on enriching ACYF experience

Posted 17 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

Over 100 CEDoW students and staff who attended December’s Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth have gathered together at Holy Spirit College, Bellambi to reconnect and reflect on the vibrancy of the special event and the many ways the experience has positively impacted them.

See photos from the ACYF trip and read the delegations five-day blog inside.

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Wollongong Diocesan school sports star wins prestigious Vince Villa Award

Posted 13 February 2020 by Catholic Education in Sport News

St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown student - Amy Sligar - was the recipient of the prestigious Vince Villa award at the recent 23rd NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Blue Awards evening, staged at St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong on Monday 3 February.

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Retired CEDoW Director of Schools, Peter Turner, honoured at farewell celebrations

Posted 11 February 2020 by Catholic Education in Director's News

According to Chinese philosopher Confucius, 'if you’re lucky enough to find a job that you love, you will never work a day in your life'. This belief was shared by Mr Peter Turner, recently-retired CEDoW Director of Schools, who, at a recent event celebrating and honouring his lifetime commitment to Catholic education, gave thanks that he, indeed, had chosen work that he loved.

View our photo gallery and read more about how the CEDoW community acknowledged Mr Turner’s retirement with a Mass of Thanksgiving and a Farewell Dinner.

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WEATHER UPDATE: All schools are operational today (Tuesday 11 February)

Posted 11 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

All Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong schools are operational today, Tuesday 11 February 2020.

There are no known issues with buses or transport operators.

The Illawarra Highway remains closed in both directions at Macquarie Pass, and there is floodwater on Old Port Road at Port Kembla. Drivers should use alternative routes.

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St Michael's Nowra helps care for bushfire-affected wildlife

Posted 10 February 2020 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Following the devastating bushfires and drought in their region, the community at St Michael's Nowra is responding in a practical way to fire-affected animals and native birds. 

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St Anthony's Picton, St Paul's Albion Park and St Joseph's Albion Park CLOSED Monday 10 February

Posted 9 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

Due to the worsening wet conditions, three of our schools are CLOSED THIS MONDAY 10 February – St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, Picton; St Paul's Catholic Primary School, Albion Park and St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park.

Students should remain at home, but supervision is available if needed. 

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Severe Weather Warning: Advice for Families and Staff

Posted 9 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

Based on the current weather conditions and the latest Severe Weather Warning from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) (ie: Sunday, 9 February 2020 at 5:25pm), CEDoW is asking all families and staff not to put their personal safety at risk when it comes to travelling to school this Monday 10 February...

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A saintly visit: Mount Carmel Varroville welcomes relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and parents

Posted 4 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

For the first time in 18 years, the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux are currently visiting Australia on a four-month pilgrimage with her parents, Ss Louis and Zélie Martin. Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville has fittingly been the first school to host the relics of Carmelite saint and her parents on this 2020 pilgrimage.

Mount Carmel teacher, Victoria Lee, captured the spirit of the school’s Opening Mass celebrating the occasion…

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Novel Coronavirus: Updated advice for travellers from China

Posted 3 February 2020 by Catholic Education in News

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UPDATED ADVICE: Based on the new federal government advice today, 3 February 2020, the following applies to travellers from China...

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Novel Coronavirus: Advice for parents ahead of school returning

Posted 28 January 2020 by Catholic Education in News

UPDATE: The NSW Government has today requested that children who have visited China in the past two weeks [or who has been in contact with a person confirmed as having novel coronavirus] not attend school or childcare services until 14 days have lapsed from their date of departure from China

More information from NSW Health inside. Parents with concerns can contact their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice or visit the dedicated NSW Health information page on novel coronavirus here.

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Bishop Brian calls for delegates to represent the diocese at Plenary Council

Posted 27 January 2020 by Bishop Brian Mascord in News

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am writing to invite expressions of interest from prospective Diocese of Wollongong delegates to attend the Plenary Council 2020...

Completed applications using the Expression of Interest Form must be sent via email to Mr John Tubridy by 5.00pm Tuesday 4 February 2020. More information and forms inside.

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Bishop Brian Mascord on the Bushfire Emergency Response

Posted 3 January 2020 by Bishop Brian Mascord in News

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I write these words at a time when many within your communities have lost so much and many grieve the loss of friends and family. There are really no words that can be said that can take away the pain or the loss that you are suffering at this time...

Read more from Bishop Brian inside.

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Corpus Christi Spreads Christmas Spirit to Vulnerable Families

Posted 20 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It’s a time for giving gifts to our loved ones, but how can we extend the Christmas spirit to those in need? This December, Corpus Christi Catholic High School Oak Flats are brightening the season of goodwill for families in the Shellharbour region through their generous donations of hampers to the St Vincent de Paul Society's Christmas Hamper Appeal. 

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