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‘The potential is incredibly exciting’: Multi-million dollar new TAS & VET facilities at St Joseph’s Albion Park

Posted 6 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It’s every TAS, VET and trades student’s dream – multi-million dollar, modern facilities to learn skills, design and practice your craft; tailor-made training spaces for a range of specialities, state-of-the-art equipment and the highest quality resources, all at your fingertips for the best possible learning and outcomes. New major upgrades at St Joseph’s Albion Park now provide this potential for its students, all right at school.

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Smoke Advisory: NSW Bushfires

Posted 5 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Smoke from bushfires is affecting large areas of NSW.

Very heavy smoke is affecting the Sydney area. Smoke is also affecting areas including the north coast, Central Coast, Hawkesbury, Wollondilly, Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven areas.

Smoke will settle in many areas through the morning and likely to settle throughout the day. If you are easily affected by smoke, take precautions to protect your health.

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Catholic Development Fund Diocesan Public Speaking Competition

Posted 4 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Public speaking is something that many people are afraid of undertaking. According to research, it tops our biggest fears, and is one of the world’s most common phobias – but it isn’t a concern for the students who attended this year’s Catholic Development Fund Diocesan Public Speaking grand final - an annual competition which challenges students to develop communication skills, confidence, motivation and knowledge sharing.

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Health Warning: Bushfire Smoke

Posted 4 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

A reminder for people to be vigilant about their health and take precautions as the air quality across NSW may be affected by the extensive smoke from ongoing bushfires.

Information on managing bushfire smoke haze health risks and the things you can do to reduce your chances of being affected.

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John Therry Rosemeadow wins Macarthur Nature Photography Competition

Posted 2 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

In a society where we are exposed to an avalanche of images every day – be it online, through television or social media – a striking photograph can still cut through the clutter, revealing to us something in our world we’ve been missing. John Therry Rosemeadow students have risen to this challenge, producing remarkable visuals to win 'Champion Photography High School' at this year’s Macarthur Nature Photography Competition.

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St Mary's Catholic Primary School Milton - Fire Warning Update

Posted 2 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

The decision has been made to REOPEN St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Milton tomorrow (Tuesday 3 December) for those students who can access the school without any impediment.

However, we are respectfully asking that families who live in bushfire affected areas south of the school, such as those between Termeil and South Durras to avoid all non-essential travel including transporting children to school.

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St John’s Campbelltown celebrates tradition and storytelling with new school yarning circle

Posted 29 November 2019 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of busy school life at St John the Evangelist Campbelltown now lies a beautiful raised green space, surrounded by paved gardens and splashes of vibrant colour. Logs, rocks, mats and pillows all decorated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designs and artworks provide a fitting tone for the school's new yarning circle and serene garden area, which was officially opened this week.

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A New Logo for the SEALS Committee

Posted 28 November 2019 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

At St Francis Edmondson Park the environmental student group is known as the SEALS Committee. The club recently launched a brand new logo that aims to give the group a sense of identity and raise awareness of environmental actions across the school community.

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Shining a Light on Leaders in Education

Posted 26 November 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

For the past two years, Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong’s annual Lighting the Way Faith and Learning Recognition Awards have celebrated excellence, passion, dedication and commitment. This year’s event – which took place at the Campbelltown Catholic Club – was no exception.

As guests arrived at the venue, it was filled with conversation and laughter - amongst a group of the most outstanding leaders working in the Diocese of Wollongong.

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Magdalene students race to success in F1 in Schools competition

Posted 25 November 2019 by Catholic Education in News

In a competition where fast cars are the name of the game, students at Magdalene Catholic College, Narellan are going from strength to strength in their bid to design, construct and race the best Formula 1®​ Car of the Future in the prestigious international F1 in Schools competition.

Read how our three Magdalene teams fared at the recent State Finals.

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23rd Annual CDF Diocesan Sports Awards 2019

Posted 22 November 2019 by Catholic Education in Sport News

On 15 November the Diocesan Sports Council staged the 23rd Annual CDF Sports Awards to recognise the outstanding achievements of students from primary and secondary schools across the Diocese. It was a fitting culmination to a busy sporting year and a positive advertisement for the pathways and structures available to our students and teachers. 

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The Good, The Beautiful, The True: Student Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking

Posted 20 November 2019 by Catholic Education in News

A song about happiness, a short story about a golden piano, and a painting inspired by a Dubstep song that filled the artist with a “pulse of enjoyment” – these are some of the talented artworks produced by primary and secondary students from Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW).

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It's a "Green" Thumbs Up for St Anthony's Picton!

Posted 20 November 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Wollondilly Council Spring Garden Competition was recently held and this year St Anthony's Catholic Primary School Picton was the winner of the School's Garden category.

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PRINCIPAL PROFILE: Toni Sillis

Posted 18 November 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Schools NSW's latest 'Teacher Feature' stars Ms Toni Sillis, Principal of Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School, Fairy Meadow. The three-stream school opened in 2012 – an amalgamation of the former St Francis Xavier’s and St John Vianney’s schools. The school also has a Learning Support Centre for students with special learning needs. 

We spent #OneMinuteWith Toni to ask her about her educational background and her aspirations as principal of Good Samaritan.

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‘Exemplifying the best of Catholic education’: Bishop’s Student Excellence Awards 2019

Posted 15 November 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Eight Year 12 students from across the Diocese of Wollongong have been celebrated at this year’s Bishop's Student Excellence Awards for their outstanding schooling achievements and contributions – praised for exemplifying the best of Catholic education in a young adult about to graduate from school.

INSIDE: View our photo gallery and listen to audio of each student's citation, read out at the ceremony by their principal.

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Million-Dollar Makeover for St Pius X Unanderra

Posted 13 November 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Cushioned lounges, areas for audio recording and ‘charging cupboards’ for gadgets – these are some of the highlights of a renovation makeover at St Pius X Catholic Primary School in Unanderra which has excited students and teachers alike.

The new facilities provide modern and ambient spaces where students are able to learn in a diverse range of settings that incorporate flexible classrooms with breakout areas extending to airy outdoor zones.

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RFS Fire Advisory Warning – Catastrophic Fire Conditions

Posted 11 November 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Please be advised that the NSW Rural Fire Service State Operations Command has issued a Total Fire Ban Order for the entire State of New South Wales, from 00:01hrs Monday 11 November 2019 to 23:59hrs Wednesday 13 November 2019.

One of those precautionary measures, based on that advice means that the Director of Schools, in collaboration with the principals, has decided to officially close eight of our schools for tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November. Please see inside for more information.

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New gardens thriving at St Francis Edmondson Park

Posted 11 November 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park was very pleased to welcome members of the local Bunnings Warehouse team to the school last week to help students and staff learn about all the different herbs and veggies now growing in their gardens. The school community is now skilled up and ready to look after its new and improved horticultural setup.

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Awarding The Next Generation of Leaders: Deadly Encouragement Awards 2019

Posted 8 November 2019 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

The fourth annual Deadly Encouragement Awards were held on October 17 at Waniora Public School in Bulli, celebrating and recognising Northern Illawarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students doing great things in their community. The aim of the awards is to make children feel valued by acknowledging and rewarding their efforts.

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Art-standing ARTSTOBER celebrations at St Joseph’s Albion Park

Posted 6 November 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Creativity has filled the hallways and classrooms of St Joseph’s Albion Park with a special enthusiasm over the past month – music, singing, art, design, photography, drama, dance and more, all to celebrate ARTSTOBER and showcase some of the wonderful creative and artistic opportunities available at the school.

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John Therry Rosemeadow student Riley Tonna wins Victor Chang School Science Award

Posted 4 November 2019 by Catholic Education in News

From investigating the effect of phone radiation to studying the local koala population in an effort to improve conservation practices, John Therry Rosemeadow student, Riley Tonna, has a heart and mind for science. His dedication and hard work in his Science studies have seen him awarded a prestigious Victor Chang School Science Award  for 2019.

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What's the Buzz at St Paul's Albion Park?

Posted 4 November 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The students at St Paul's Albion Park have been 'busy bees', coming up with a solution to reduce the amount of single use plastics at their school.

The Year 5 Environmental Warriors – after some research into sustainable alternatives to single use plastics such as cling wrap and zip lock bags – decided to make sustainable Beeswax Wraps. 

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Coding, creativity and communication success at CEDoW VEX Robotics Final

Posted 31 October 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Over 50 students from five of our Catholic primary schools have put their innovative engineering, problem-solving and teamwork skills to the test, competing in the inaugural Diocesan VEX Robotics Final – with three impressive teams qualifying for the VEX Robotics Nationals Competition!

Which teams won the challenges and who has been invited to Nationals? Find out inside!

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CEDoW staff recognised at Teachers' Guild of NSW Awards

Posted 30 October 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong was well and proudly represented at the 2019 Teachers' Guild of NSW Awards night, with two key awards conferred on CEDoW staff – John Therry Rosemeadow Science Coordinator, Dr Aidan Johnson, and St Joseph's Albion Park early career teacher, Zachary Ellul.

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New Education Policies Released

Posted 28 October 2019 by Catholic Education in News

As Pope Francis said, “An education in the fullness of humanity should be the defining of Catholic schools”. This sentiment is reflected in a new series of policies and procedures from Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), which were released to schools during several workshops held in September and October. Their aim is to embrace and support student pastoral care, wellbeing and diverse learning needs across all age groups.

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World Teachers' Day 2019

Posted 24 October 2019 by Catholic Education in News

World Teachers' Day will be celebrated in Australia this Friday 25 October. The day is an opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions all staff in our schools and offices make, each and every day in support of the learning and wellbeing of our students but particularly the important role teachers play in shaping the next generation.

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INTERACTIVE: See our Christmas Story Art Exhibition 2019

Posted 21 October 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Over a thousand Years 5 and 6 children across the diocese began last term with blank canvases and sheets of paper. Now, 56 talented young students have had their artworks selected for the 2019 CEDoW Christmas Story Art Competition and Exhibition at the Wollongong Art Gallery – inspiring us with beautiful imagery and artistry, rich meaning and creative storytelling to celebrate the Christmas Story. 

Missed out on seeing the Christmas Story Art Exhibition? View our interactive virtual tour with audio to explore the exhibition yourself. View all our top 56 students' artworks in detail and hear from each student as they describe their artwork to you.

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Green Thumbs at Holy Family Ingleburn

Posted 18 October 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The students and staff at Holy Family Ingleburn have been getting their hands dirty and showing off their gardening skills in a bid to beautify their school environment whilst also helping to create habitats for local birdlife and koalas.

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St Thomas More's Young Talent Shines in Wakakirri Challenge

Posted 15 October 2019 by Catholic Education in News

They may be young but they’re not lacking in talent. In August, students from St Thomas More Ruse shone in the Wakakirri Story-Dance Challenge extravaganza - Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools - held at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. The theme of their dance had guests captivated and enthralled, winning the school the ‘Best Biographical History Story Award'.

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Water restrictions are now in place. Has your school applied for exemptions?

Posted 1 October 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Describing water as a precious element, Pope Francis emphasises that “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights”. Noting the fundamental role of water in creation and human development, Pope Francis stresses that it is precisely for this reason that “care for water sources and water basins is an urgent imperative”. 

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‘Do not fear for I am with you’: Diocesan Catholic Mission Launch

Posted 27 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

How do you interpret the words ‘Do not fear for I am with you’? This was the question posed to attendees of the launch of World Mission Month – an annual occasion which celebrates stories of mission around the world, the power of collective charity and generous intentions.

This year, the words of Isaiah 41:10 inspired the theme of the event, which marked a special milestone. In 2019, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, Pope Francis announced that October would, from that point, be known as The Extraordinary Missionary Month - a worldwide occasion of prayer, stories of mission, formation and charity.

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Bringing biotechnology to the classroom: John Therry students get hands-on with cutting-edge science

Posted 25 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Students at John Therry Rosemeadow have enjoyed a high-quality, interactive biotechnology experience this term, with staff bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to the classroom. Using the kind of equipment university and PhD students use in the laboratory, the students have recreated the process used to manufacture human insulin and other life-saving medications, while practicing core STEM, critical thinking and collaboration skills.

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St John’s Campbelltown student Eva Grados stars in first feature film

Posted 23 September 2019 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

St John’s Campbelltown student, Eva Grados, has tumbled her way to the top, scoring her first lead role in a feature film – ‘A Second Chance: Rivals’ – as talented young Aboriginal gymnast, Alkira.

Mixing it on set with the likes of Olympic gold medallist, Sally Pearson, and AFI Award winner, Natasha Wanganeen, the 12-year-old thoroughly relished the experience, and is now enjoying the red carpets and fanfare buzz around the Australian film’s premiere. The movie hits NSW cinemas this weekend.

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CEDoW Schools Celebrate the Season of Creation

Posted 20 September 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Throughout September our Catholic Schools have joined with the Global Catholic community and other Faith traditions to pray, reflect on our lifestyles, and undertake prophetic actions to mark the Season of Creation

The following stories are just a taste of some of the ways our schools have celebrated...

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Faith, Hope and Love: Year 12 Gatherings with Bishop Brian Mascord

Posted 20 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Leadership, inclusivity and the importance of owning your choices - these were some of the wisdom-filled topics shared by Bishop Brian Mascord when he came together with over 2,000 students from systemic and congregational secondary schools to mark the students’ final year at secondary school.

CEDoW Education Officer, Cathy Brown, said the purpose of these gatherings is for our Year 12 students to meet together as young women and men of the diocese to have the opportunity to converse with Bishop Brian.

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'Called': LIVE Festival 2019

Posted 18 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

“The dream has always been to give young people a dynamic, relevant and inspiring experience of the Catholic faith and this year, we saw that dream once again become an exciting reality.” These were the words of Seth Harsh, the Director of the Wollongong LIVE festival, who opened the annual event with a talk unpacking the theme ‘Called’. The subject? 'Who are we called to be, and by whom?’.

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Mary Immaculate Eagle Vale principal Don Spencer retires after 39-year career in Catholic education

Posted 16 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

After a most distinguished 39-year career as a Catholic educator and leader, Mary Immaculate Catholic Parish Primary School, Eagle Vale’s Don Spencer has enjoyed his last day as principal, retiring from his position last Friday, 13 September 2019.

Read more from Don on his retirement, and the Mary Immaculate community's retirement celebrations for Don at Eagle Vale last Wednesday. 

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Nominations for the Lighting the Way Faith & Learning Awards close this week!

Posted 15 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It’s the final countdown to nominate someone for a prestigious Lighting the Way Faith & Learning Award for 2019.

Hurry! The deadline for nominations is THIS FRIDAY, 20 September.

Head to www.dow.catholic.edu.au/ltw-awards for more information and to nominate today.

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‘No place like home’: St Joseph's Albion Park students produce local Oz magic to win Tournament of Minds

Posted 13 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Forget the Scarecrow’s wish: ‘If I only had a brain’! Students at St Joseph’s Albion Park have creatively and cleverly tackled a ‘Wizard of Oz’-inspired challenge at the Tournament of Minds Regional Final, outdoing all other Illawarra and South Coast secondary schools to win the Arts competition and earn their place in the NSW State Final!

Read more about the ToM success at St Joseph's, as well as at St Clare’s Narellan Vale, inside.

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CEDoW staff attend Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference

Posted 12 September 2019 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

CEDoW staff have joined educators from across NSW at the Hunter Valley in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to attend the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference.

In its second day today, the conference has been a fantastic opportunity to explore, connect, discern and share knowledge and wisdom in relation to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander education.

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Students code their way to victory at CEDoW mBot Challenge Finals

Posted 10 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Robots ready to rumble! After weeks of practising and refining their coding, students across the Diocese who qualified for the CEDoW 2019 mBot Challenge Finals were set to let their mBots do the talking! The culmination of northern and southern regional rounds, the Finals saw over 250 people pack into the Fraternity Club at Fairy Meadow to cheer their teams on, as students coded their mBots to battle, dance and race their way to success.

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Adolescent expert Maggie Dent shares insights with Holy Spirit parents and teachers

Posted 8 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

How do you raise resilient children? How can I help my teen manage anxiety and stress? What’s going on inside my child’s adolescent brain? 

Parents at Holy Spirit College, Bellambi have gained insight into the answers, hearing from adolescent expert, author and educator, Maggie Dent, on how to help teens cope, conquer and shine, with what she calls "calm, common-sense, connected parenting".

Read more about her visit and what advice she gave to parents and teachers.

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Celebrating Teacher Accreditation

Posted 6 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

The next generation of teachers was celebrated at a special event last week to commemorate the achievement of 66 proficient teachers – 30 primary and 36 secondary – who will educate and guide the minds of tomorrow.

At Villa D’oro Function Centre in Wollongong, guests gathered for the Teacher Accreditation Recognition Ceremony - an initiative under CEDoW’s Awards and Recognition Program, acknowledging the achievements of teachers who have reached this significant career milestone.

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Zambian High Commissioner admires innovation at St Joseph’s Albion Park visit

Posted 4 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It’s not every day another country hears of your school’s innovative learning and teaching, and sends delegates to visit to learn more. But that’s exactly what has happened at St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Albion Park, where the High Commissioner for Zambia and his delegation have seen firsthand how the school is using technology to improve student outcomes.

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Together As One: Year 6 Students Gather to Celebrate an Education Milestone with Bishop Brian Mascord

Posted 2 September 2019 by Catholic Education in News

From Kiama to Eagle Vale, Fairy Meadow to Moss Vale, Year 6 leaders across our diocese congregated as faith-filled communities, when Bishop Brian Mascord led a series of regional Masses to mark the students' transition to secondary school – an important milestone in each child’s educational journey.

The yearly Masses, which are a coming-of-age tradition for students graduating from their primary school education, are an opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist and they also remind students how they can foster their relationships with Jesus through compassionate actions and loving words as they grow.

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St Joseph’s Bulli teacher Michelle Bunder named Apple Distinguished Educator

Posted 29 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

App smashing, augmented reality, iPad tips and tricks, and even creating new and innovative ways of learning using Apple apps and technology – it’s all at the fingertips of St Joseph’s Bulli teacher, Michelle Bunder, who has been accepted into the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Class of 2019!

Read more from Bunder on her experience as an Apple Distinguished Educator, attending the recent ADE Institute event, and using Apple technology in the classroom to enhance learning and teaching.

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Position Vacant – Director of Schools, Diocese of Wollongong

Posted 27 August 2019 by Catholic Diocese of Wollongong in Director's News

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, Most Reverend Brian Mascord, is seeking to appoint a Director of Schools following the announcement that Mr Peter Turner will retire at the end of 2019. To commence January 2020.

Details to apply inside.

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Wakakirri success! St Paul’s Moss Vale wins two performance awards

Posted 25 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

In just their first time participating in Wakakirri – Australia’s largest Story Dance Festival involving hundreds of schools and over 20,000 students across the nation each year – St Paul's Moss Vale has won not one, but two awards for their fantastic contemporary dance performance.

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St John’s Nowra wins Wakakirri Shoalhaven Regional Challenge

Posted 23 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

A phenomenal effort from the St John’s Nowra Wakakirri dance troupe – they’ve performed spectacularly to win the 2019 Wakakirri Shoalhaven Regional Challenge and pick up a further nine performance and production awards for their powerful dance telling the heartfelt story of a Syrian refugee's tumultuous journey fleeing home.

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CEDoW Schools Bring NAIDOC Week 2019 to Life

Posted 21 August 2019 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

From the art room to the playground, the school grounds to the library, there has been plenty happening to mark NAIDOC Week 2019 as CEDoW schools have come together to celebrate the invaluable contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made - and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

With over 700 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families enrolled in our systemic Catholic schools across the diocese, CEDoW communities were enthusiastic participants in the annual NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week.

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Pastoral Statement from Bishop Brian Mascord on the appeal of Cardinal George Pell

Posted 21 August 2019 by Bishop Brian Mascord in News

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I write to you concerning the decision handed down today by the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Court of Appeal in relation to Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on five charges of child sexual abuse. The court rejected the cardinal’s appeal, in a 2–1 ruling...

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Reading Is My Secret Power: 10 ways our schools are celebrating Book Week

Posted 19 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Caped crusaders, crazy costumes and colourful characters – it’s shaping up to be a jam-packed week of fun and creativity this Book Week, bringing children and books together in our schools all across the Diocese. With inspiration from this year’s theme, ‘Reading Is My Secret Power’, we have a lot to look forward to! 

Here is a snapshot of some of the wonderful celebrations of children’s literature in our schools this week – 10 ways our CEDoW schools are marking Book Week 2019.

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Vinnies and our CEDoW schools: A match made for heaven

Posted 16 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It was a young 20-year-old, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, who started the St Vincent de Paul Society when he decided to do something about the poverty he saw in his community. Today, it is the young people in our Catholic primary and secondary schools who are a driving force behind the success of Vinnies’ good works in the Diocese of Wollongong. 

Read more about the Vinnies-CEDoW partnership, as published in the Winter 2019 edition of Journey Magazine.

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Inspiring Hearts and Minds: Leading Inspirations Dinner 2019

Posted 14 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Smiling in the face of adversity, the value of hard work and ‘doing the God stuff’ - these were some of the topics that delighted, educated and had guests in fits of laughter at the biennial Leading Inspirations Dinner held on 2 August 2019, an initiative of CEDoW's Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) Committee.

Since its inception, the dinner has become a significant networking event for CEDoW employees and their external colleagues, to inspire attendees to pursue their passions while maintaining a work-life balance. This year, we were fortunate to have Robyn Moore as the evening's keynote speaker, whose motivational talks have touched hundreds of thousands across Australia and internationally.

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St John’s Nowra students celebrated at Shoalhaven Excellence in VET Awards

Posted 12 August 2019 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

Vocational Education and Training (VET) students and staff at St John’s Nowra continue their success, with a number of the school’s Year 12 Hospitality students recognised at the annual Workplace Learning Shoalhaven Excellence in Vocational Education and Training Awards.

See which students won a Certificate of Excellence in Hospitality,  and who went on to win the Judges’ Award for Outstanding VET Student in the Shoalhaven.

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St Justin’s Oran Park launches new Dharawal house names and colours

Posted 8 August 2019 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

A significant moment in the history of St Justin’s Oran Park – the school community has launched its new six-house colour system based on the Dharawal seasons of the year.

Using the beautifully crafted research by Aunty Fran Bodkin in her book, D’harawal Climate & Natural Resources, the school has renamed and expanded its four-house system to now include six new house names, colours and animals representative of each Dharawal season.

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Announcement from Bishop Brian Mascord: Retirement of CEDoW Director of Schools, Peter Turner

Posted 7 August 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

"Dear Friends,

"I write to convey to you, the news that Mr Peter Turner has advised me of his intention to retire from his position as the Director of Schools at the end of 2019...."

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St Joseph’s Albion Park aspiring athletes offered best opportunity for success

Posted 5 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Students at St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Albion Park will now have the chance to train next to first-class athletes at the top of their game – the likes of Matildas star Caitlin Foord, UFC champion Alex Volkanovski, and the Illawarra Hawks. The school’s Aspiring/Elite Athlete Program will see students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, resources, mentoring and support to be the best-equipped young athletes in the region. 

The exciting new program is aimed at providing aspiring athletes at St Joseph’s with the education, skills and support they need to reach their full potential – in their chosen sport, their academic studies and their life and career ahead.

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A Life Less Ordinary

Posted 2 August 2019 by Catholic Education in News

In 2019, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, Pope Francis announced that October would, from that point, be known as The Extraordinary Missionary Month - a worldwide occasion of prayer, stories of mission, formation and charity.

This year, the theme of the month is ‘Baptised and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.’ As his Holiness Pope Francis shared in an open letter, “I have asked that the whole Church revive her missionary awareness and commitment. Celebrating this month will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism.” 

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Celebrating National Tree day at Helensburgh

Posted 1 August 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Holy Cross Helensburgh school community recently celebrated National Tree Day with a "Tree Liturgy" that included a presentation of a plant to each class and the office staff to look after until the tree is ready to be presented back to the Gardening Club to plant into the school grounds. 

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St Paul’s Camden students learning art from the experts

Posted 30 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Students at St Paul’s Camden have enjoyed valuable opportunities to sharpen their artistic skills from those who have come before them, engaging in experiences with talented local artists – including a former student!

Year 4 students were excited to have Magdalene Catholic College, Narellan Year 12 student and gifted artist, Peter Cornett, visit the school to facilitate a manga art workshop with them. Meanwhile, Year 2 students enjoyed learning about perspective drawing from Camden artist, Roger Percy.

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AWARD: CEDoW recognised for building relationships for sustainable solutions to poverty

Posted 26 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Congratulations to our CEDoW staff involved in promoting sustainable development projects and solutions to poverty in disadvantaged communities in the Pacific – our Diocese has been awarded the ‘Sustainable Relationships Award’ at Palms Australia’s Solidarity Awards 2019.

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Primary Teaching Immersion

Posted 24 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

As a roomful of primary school children sat in their classroom engaged in a STEM activity, there wasn’t anything unusual about the scene – apart from the age of their ‘teachers’. On this day, a group of Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats students took part in a role swap and became educators for the day in a unique immersion.

A group of students from Years 9 to 12 were tasked with teaching younger students from Nazareth Catholic Primary School in Shellharbour City to give them a glimpse of what it takes to be a teacher and whether it could be their future vocation.

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Aboriginal Educational Assistant, Rheanna Lotter, makes mark on Paralympics

Posted 22 July 2019 by Southern Highland News in Yarning Circle

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PRINCIPAL PROFILE: Danny Sykes

Posted 18 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Schools NSW's latest 'Teacher Feature' stars Mr Danny Sykes, principal of Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, Shellharbour. Stella Maris was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1958. Seven Sisters of Charity have guided Stella Maris in faith, hope and love as educational leaders since the school's foundation, including Sr Colleen Mills, who retired in 2009 – the last Sister of Charity principal in the country. 

We spent #OneMinuteWith Danny to ask him about his hopes in Catholic education and returning as principal to the primary school he once attended himself...

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Holy Spirit invites you to 'be their guest!' for school production of 'Beauty and the Beast'

Posted 12 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Holy Spirit College, Bellambi invites you to their musical production of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'.

See inside to purchase tickets, and for performance dates and times.

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Crazy hair support for student at St Justin's Oran Park

Posted 8 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Students at St Justin's Oran Park have rocked up to school with some spectacular crazy hairdos to end Term 2! The children sported many fun looks – tall hair, glittered hair, and even rainbow-coloured hair with monster faces – to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis in support of one of their own.

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The Power of Prayer: Month of Mary Rosary Challenge

Posted 5 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

“As a student, I am one of many who seem to almost lose themselves in the rush of schoolwork, extra-curricular activities and growing responsibilities,” shared Jaden from Mount Carmel Catholic College in Varroville.

“In this chaotic world, controlled by social media and influenced by the advancement of technology, it’s easy to not find time for reflection and engagement with faith, and to lose track of the important things in life.”

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Making the next Masterchefs: John Therry VET students enjoy 'real' work experience

Posted 3 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Forget making sandwiches on kitchen work placements – it’s all about the real experience of working in the hospitality industry for students at John Therry, Rosemeadow. A team of more than 30 Year 12 Hospitality students have prepared, cooked and served a delicious three-course dinner to a packed dining room at the Campbelltown Catholic Club – with glowing reviews!

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Diocese’s new video shows 'who we are'

Posted 2 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It started off as a short 20-second background video for the homepage of the Diocese of Wollongong’s new website. Six months and 23 separate film shoots later, the diocese has released its new 'It’s Who We Are' video.

The short sub-three-minute video clip narrated by Bishop Brian Mascord and shot by master filmmaker, Hugh Clark, showcases the wonderful people and works of the diocese that happen every day and often go unnoticed.

WATCH the diocese's new video inside.

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‘Una visita meravigliosa!’: Holy Spirit language students visit Italian residents at Marco Polo Aged Care

Posted 1 July 2019 by Catholic Education in News

What better way to practise your language skills than to speak to the experts! In a heartwarming intergenerational experience, students at Holy Spirit College, Bellambi have visited the Italian residents of Marco Polo Aged Care to get to know about life in Italy and put their beginner Italian to the test.

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Art from the Heart: Director's Art Gallery 2019

Posted 28 June 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Kiwi fruit, pop art and landscapes – there was something for everyone on the walls of the Catholic Education Office, Marian Centre when the ground floor was transformed into an exhibition space, unveiling the annual Director’s Art Gallery Ceremony.

This year, the exhibition includes 19 students from four secondary schools and one K-12 school who have secured coveted positions in the showcase – with no shortage of talent.

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Over The Wall

Posted 26 June 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Why did Humpty Dumpty fall? How does an egg move? If Humpty wanted to sit safely on the wall, how could the structure be changed to keep him upright?

These are some of the key inquiry learning questions children from Kindergarten Blue at St Francis of Assisi Warrawong have been investigating, as part of their STEM inquiry based unit – and they’ve left no brick unturned!

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Macarthur students showcase their VET expertise at VETsteddFOOD event

Posted 24 June 2019 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

Vocational Education and Training (VET) students from our Macarthur Catholic secondary schools have helped produce a wonderful morning of entertainment and a delicious feast for over 350 local senior citizens at the inaugural VETsteddFOOD.

The unique event saw Camden Civic Centre filled to capacity, as more than 120 VET students – including those from Magdalene Catholic College, NarellanJohn Therry Catholic High School, RosemeadowSt Benedict’s Catholic College, Oran Park; and Mater Dei, Camden – put their skills to the test.

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World Environment Day: 10 ways the Diocese came together to #BeatAirPollution

Posted 19 June 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

CEDoW students in the Diocese of Wollongong have joined millions of people around the world to celebrate World Environment Day. Schools embraced the 2019 theme of ‘Beat Air Pollution’ to draw attention to this pressing environmental concern and how we can all do our part to improve the quality of the air we breathe.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate World Environment Day, as actioned by our wonderful students and staff across the diocese...

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VEX Robotics Scrimmage Day builds students’ problem-solving, STEM skills

Posted 17 June 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Building the next generation of innovators, programmers and problem-solving leadersSt Paul’s Albion ParkSt Paul’s Moss Vale, and St Therese West Wollongong have given their Years 5 and 6 students the opportunity to excel in VEX robotics, participating in the first CEDoW VEX Robotics Scrimmage Day.

Hear from the students and teachers involved, and see pictures and video from the day.

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PRINCIPAL PROFILE: Philip Barrington

Posted 14 June 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Schools NSW's latest 'Teacher Feature' stars Mr Philip Barrington, principal of St Thomas More Catholic Parish Primary School, Ruse. St Thomas More is located in Campbelltown in the Macarthur region, with traditions enriched from the foundational charisms of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the Marist Brothers.

We spent #OneMinuteWith Phil to ask him about his background in Catholic education and his hopes for the children in his care at St Thomas More.

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‘Everyone has the right to a home’: 2019 Wollongong Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Posted 12 June 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Dozens of local business and community leaders will come together on Thursday 20 June at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus for the eighth annual Wollongong Vinnies CEO Sleepout, forgoing a night of comfort to help make a tangible difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

As well as raising money for crucial Vinnies services and programs providing food, accommodation and support to people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage, the initiative is a chance for Wollongong leaders to gain a better understanding of the issue and how they can continue to make an impact through their own work.

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John Therry student first school-based apprentice for 'My Gateway'

Posted 11 June 2019 by My Gateway in VET News & Events

Meet Jackson Parker, My Gateway’s first school-based apprentice!

Jackson, who is a student at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow, began his carpentry apprenticeship in March, working one day per week at host employer, Combined Building.

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When in Rome: A Letter from Bishop Brian as he prepares for Ad Limina visit

Posted 10 June 2019 by Catholic Education in News

"My Sisters and Brothers in Christ – this year will mark the first time that I have experienced an Ad Limina visit to Rome with my fellow Australian bishops. The last Ad Limina took place in 2011 and usually happens every five years. So, this visit is very overdue..."

Read more from Bishop Brian as he prepares to travel to Rome next week with Australia’s Catholic bishops for their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit.

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Compassion, support and a hot meal: Call for Vinnies Van volunteers this winter

Posted 7 June 2019 by Catholic Education in News

As winter begins and times get even tougher for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness in our region, the St Vincent de Paul Society is calling for people to generously volunteer their time to help support our local Vinnies Van.

Read on for more information about the Vinnies Van, what our volunteers say about the experience, and everything you need to know to be a Vinnies Van volunteer and help those in need in our region this winter.

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The power of connection: Holy Spirit College Bellambi students build special bond with Jarjum College

Posted 3 June 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It started off as a simple excursion; a fun trip away from school to visit the kids of Jarjum College in Redfern. But by the end of the day, the students of Holy Spirit College Bellambi came away having an experience they won’t soon forget – appreciating the power of human connection and valuing the start of beautiful, lasting friendships between the students and both schools.

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Teachers Gather to Care for Our Common Home, Our Schools

Posted 31 May 2019 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

There was wonderful engagement and inspiration gained for teachers from across our system of schools at the WEN Contact PD day, Caring for Our Common Home, Our School held at St Joseph's Albion Park on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

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St John's Nowra's Natalie Abbott stars in 'Muriel's Wedding the Musical'

Posted 29 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

It's the role that makes actors into stars, and now it’s the turn of St John the Evangelist, Nowra alumni, Natalie Abbott, to catch the bridal bouquet and take on the lead role of Muriel in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical.

 

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CEDoW schools shake maracas with alpacas for National Simultaneous Storytime

Posted 27 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Alpacas, maracas and book stackers galore! Students in our CEDoW schools across the Diocese have joined over one million kids for National Simultaneous Storytime – gathering together in libraries, classrooms and homes across in Australia and New Zealand to be read aloud Australian author and illustrator, Matt Cosgrove’s book ‘Alpacas with Maracas’ at the same time.

Here’s a round up of National Simultaneous Storytime activity in our Catholic primary schools.

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Holy Spirit Students "SEE" beyond themselves

Posted 27 May 2019 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Towards the end of last term, the environmental group at Holy Spirit College joined forces with the Lions Club in Corrimal to recycle used glasses.

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PRINCIPAL PROFILE: Steve Lo Cascio

Posted 25 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Schools NSW's latest 'Teacher Feature' stars Mr Stephen Lo Cascio, principal of Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville. Mount Carmel is a Year 7-12 co-educational Catholic college serving the parishes of Campbelltown, Eagle Vale, Ingleburn, Macquarie Fields, Ruse and Varroville in the Macarthur region.

We spent #OneMinuteWith Steve to ask him a bit about his background and aspirations in Catholic education...

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Healthy Habits: St Michael’s Nowra Canteen Sets The Benchmark

Posted 22 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

St Michael’s, Nowra is making the healthy choice the easy choice for students after becoming an official ‘healthy school canteen’, meeting the NSW Government’s new Healthy School Canteen Strategy and food and drink criteria.

The St Michael’s canteen menu now includes a variety of healthy, tasty and interesting food options, providing students with the essential nutrients they need to learn, play and grow.

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Mary Immaculate Eagle Vale students celebrate going waste-free, gifted with new lunchboxes

Posted 20 May 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

It’s the lunchbox that's ticking boxes for both parents and kids – colourful, leak-proof, airtight, flexible compartments, cost-effective and an easy lunch-packing solution that reduces our waste and impact on the environment.

Now, the Kindergarten students at Mary Immaculate, Eagle Vale are all proud owners of these special ‘rubbish free lunchboxes’, thanks to a CEDoW Environmental Education Grant.

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Nurture a child's potential with CatholicCare's 'Fostering Futures' Permanency Support Program

Posted 16 May 2019 by CatholicCare in News

Illawarra carers Nathan and Deb have been carers for 11 and a half years through CatholicCare Wollongong's Permanency Support Program, Fostering Futures.

After being unable to have their own biological children, Deb and Nathan (pictured) decided to enquire about becoming carers in the hope of being able to provide a child with a permanent home.

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STATEMENT FROM BISHOP BRIAN MASCORD: Court Appearance, Fr Ron Peters

Posted 15 May 2019 by Bishop Brian Mascord in News

Please find a statement from Bishop Brian Mascord regarding the court appearance of Fr Ron Peters.

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National Families Week 2019

Posted 14 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Each year, over a hundred thousand people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week — Australia’s biggest celebration of families in all their diversity.

The aim of National Families Week (15–21 May) is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The enduring theme ‘Stronger families, stronger communities’ highlights the importance of families to communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

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Federal election 2019 – know the facts before you vote

Posted 12 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

The 2019 federal election will be held this coming Saturday, 18 May 2019.

Throughout the election campaign, Catholic Education has highlighted the needs of Catholic schools, and the parties have responded with various election promises. Here are the facts to keep you informed about the policies that affect our Catholic school students and their families.

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PRINCIPAL PROFILE: Michael Reardon

Posted 8 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Schools NSW's latest 'Teacher Feature' stars Mr Michael Reardon, principal of St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School, Camden. The school’s origins go back to 1883, when two Josephite nuns arrived to teach in what is now the school library.

We spent #OneMinuteWith Michael to ask him a bit about his background and aspirations in Catholic education.

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Thank you - Show the Love for Townsville

Posted 2 May 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

I’m writing to express my gratitude for the prayers and support provided for the Townsville Catholic Education Office community, following the recent devastating floods.

The financial support for the ‘Show the Love for Townsville’ initiative, inspired by Brisbane Catholic Education, has been greatly appreciated. Over $4,000 has been raised in our coordinated efforts, with $2,000 of this donated at the Diocesan Education Mass.

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Calling All Primary School Children - It’s Time To Get Walking

Posted 1 May 2019 by Catholic Education in News

On Friday 17 May, children from across Australia will put their feet first, and journey towards a healthier future by participating in the 20th anniversary of National Walk Safely to School Day.

The annual event raises awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long term wellbeing of our children. Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking also has a favourable impact on their cognitive and academic performance.

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Beautifying Bellambi Beach

Posted 18 April 2019 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Recently, on a beautiful, sunny afternoon the Holy Spirit Environmental Group took to the beach.They gathered at Bellambi beach, gloves, bags and litter pickers in hand to remove as much litter as they could find.The afternoon began with a short liturgy in the fresh air to thank God for the beauty of the earth and to show a willingness to help with improving the environment.

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New Makerspace at St Therese

Posted 15 April 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Students with a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at St Therese, West Wollongong are now able to engage in STEM learning in a dedicated ‘makerspace’ area, fostering creativity and inquiry-based learning.

St Therese’s once tired looking basement has been transformed into a vibrant and engaging space that incorporates the school’s Spheros, mBots and VEX robots, as well as a range of construction tools and materials for the students to use to engage in STEM-related activities both as part of in-class learning and during lunchtime workshops. 

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For the love of food: John Therry students cook up a storm

Posted 12 April 2019 by MWLP in VET News & Events

John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow Year 12 students have put their hospitality skills to the test, cooking up a storm for over 70 senior students and teachers. The group is studying the VET subject of Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate; they were offered this unique learning experience from local non-profit, MWLP, as part of their mandatory work placement requirements.

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NAPLAN High Learning Gain Success for CEDoW Schools

Posted 11 April 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Contemporary resources, teacher professional learning and knowing every student personally. These are some of the elements which are helping Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) schools to excel – and their progress is earning them top outcomes.

This week, the nation’s NAPLAN test results were released with three Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong schools recognised as some of the state’s most improved performers - St Brigid’s, Gwynneville; St Clare’s, Narellan Vale and St Michael’s, Mittagong. These schools were identified to have shown 'substantially above average gain' in reading and/or numeracy achievement.

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A History task with a difference: St Francis students dig up archaeology answers

Posted 10 April 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Keep clear! Archaeological dig in progress! Cue the Indiana Jones music and grab the trowels and dusting brushes – Year 7 students at St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park have used their expertise to excavate and explore a unique dig site on school grounds, uncovering a number of hidden artefacts to analyse.

Read more about this practical, hands-on History task designed by the staff at St Francis – an exciting and memorable way for students to consolidate their learning and apply the theoretical skills explored in class over the past term.

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St Clare’s Narellan Vale serves up next generation of foodies in new educational YouTube series

Posted 8 April 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Passion and culinary skills are currently on display, with students from St Clare’s, Narellan Vale now featuring in ‘Foodie School’ – a YouTube cooking series hosted by renowned chef and dad, Peter Sheppard, in partnership with the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

Launched last week, the fun and educational initiative aims to help children and families enjoy the steps involved in food preparation and encourages good eating habits by learning the source and importance of cooking with fresh, quality ingredients.

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You're invited: Appin Massacre Memorial 2019

Posted 7 April 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Remembering. Healing. Reconciliation.

The Appin Massacre Memorial event is held in recognition of the Aboriginal people who were killed by government troops in April 1816. Held annually for over 20 years, this memorial is an important cultural gathering for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and healing.

Read more for details on the 2019 Memorial and to download the event flyer.

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Holy Cross Helensburgh gardens grow student learning

Posted 5 April 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

There’s a lot more to the gardening club at Holy Cross Helensburgh than the beautiful gardens they’ve planted and nurtured – it’s a welcoming environment where friendships blossom and students are supported to grow; where the seeds of stewardship are sewn through many aspects of school life, and learning from nature and getting your hands dirty is valued like study from books.

Read more about the school's impressive horticultural setup: a vegetable garden known as ‘The Patch’, an orchard, their Yalunga Garden (a peaceful native garden space), and their latest venture – bush tucker plants now also growing in The Patch.

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Pope Francis writes to young people – the ‘now of the Church’

Posted 3 April 2019 by Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in News

Pope Francis has urged young people to embrace their role as the present and the future of the Catholic Church by building relationships with their community and with God. 

The Holy Father has issued the apostolic exhortation following last year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. The exhortation, Christus Vivit (Christ is Alive), takes the form of a letter to young people and, through them, to the entire People of God. 

Read more about Christus Vivit and download a copy at the link below.

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Making the most of the nature around us: Stella Maris embraces outdoor learning and teaching

Posted 1 April 2019 by Catholic Education in News

A gentle sea breeze and the feeling of the sand between your toes; water lapping onto the rocks nearby. It could be mistaken as a break far away from the classroom, but this is the future for students’ Science, Maths, English and Geography lessons at Stella Maris, Shellharbour.

Stella Maris is set to incorporate outdoor learning into a typical school day for their classes – an innovative approach to teaching an integrated curriculum and, quite literally, a breath of fresh air that will benefit students academically, physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

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The 'Green' Spirit at Holy Spirit College

Posted 28 March 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

With staff keep cups, no plastic cutlery in the canteen, reusable or biodegradable containers for lunches and refillable water bottles, the 'green' spirit is alive and well amongst the staff and students at Holy Spirit College, Bellambi.

 

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St Paul’s Moss Vale garden produce wins Moss Vale Show awards

Posted 25 March 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Congratulations to St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Moss Vale, whose lovingly-grown tomatoes from the school’s fruit and vegetable gardens have won two 2nd place prizes at the Moss Vale Show this month!

The award-winning produce – including the tastiest varieties of grape, cherry and gourmet tomatoes – caught the keen eye of the show’s judges to win runner up in both the ‘best of all tomatoes’ and the broader ‘best of all vegetables’ categories.

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Catering to the needs of all students - Combined Secondary Professional Development Day

Posted 15 March 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Leadership, collaboration and authentic teaching: these were some of the topics covered in a Diocesan first, where experts in education gathered to collaborate and share their passion.

The professional development event was six months in the making – part of a broader strategic approach to improvement – and brought together teachers and support staff from all Catholic secondary schools in the Diocese, with the experience offered as nine different events separated according to staff's positions.

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CEDoW schools glove up for Clean Up Australia Day

Posted 14 March 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Thousands of students from across the Diocese have gloved up over the past two weeks for Schools Clean Up Australia Day. From clean ups of school grounds and local parks to themed classroom learning and activities raising awareness amongst students and staff, our schools have embraced this year’s theme, ‘Change Starts With You’ by taking action to protect and care for their local environment.

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You're invited: 2019 Diocesan Gathering to discuss the Plenary 2020 process

Posted 14 March 2019 by Catholic Education in News

An invitation is extended to the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong to come together at the 2019 Diocesan Gathering on Saturday 30 March.

The Gathering is an opportunity for people from across the Diocese to reflect on the issues raised in the Plenary Process in our Diocese, hear the experiences of a selection of Local Animators and next steps in the process of listening and discernment.

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A message to parents and carers regarding the conviction and sentencing of Cardinal Pell

Posted 13 March 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Following media reports of the conviction of Cardinal George Pell in the County Court of Victoria, a statement has been released by the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, to the community. A copy is linked here for your information.

Please also find here, a pastoral letter from Bishop Brian Mascord on the sentencing of Cardinal Pell. 

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'Give Lent 100 Percent': Wollongong Students Launch Project Compassion for 2019

Posted 12 March 2019 by Catholic Education in News

To mark the start of Lent, 40 Catholic schools from the Diocese of Wollongong gathered at St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School in Gwynneville to launch Caritas Australia's Project Compassion appeal for 2019.

This year, the annual fundraising and awareness-raising campaign shares six stories which show the power of hope and the work of Caritas Australia in communities in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Australia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

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"The future has a name, and that name is HOPE": hundreds of CEDoW staff gather to celebrate Diocesan Education Mass

Posted 9 March 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

'The future has a name - and that name is HOPE.'

In the midst of Catholic Schools Week, the 2019 Diocesan Education Mass was a special and moving celebration for our CEDoW education community. It saw over 800 Catholic educators from all corners of our growing Diocese come together at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral in Fairy Meadow in a strong statement of unity and spirit, and celebrate not just who we are, but what we believe in. 

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Year 6 students thrive at dedicated SICS Leaders Day

Posted 7 March 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Over 200 Year 6 students from our four Southern Illawarra primary schools, St Paul's, Albion Park; Stella Maris, Shellharbour; Nazareth, Shellharbour City; and Ss Peter and Paul, Kiama, all gathered at Nazareth Catholic Primary School to enjoy the Southern Illawarra Catholic Schools (SICS) Year 6 Leaders Day - a day jam-packed with fun experiences that engaged and supported them in ideas around leadership, identity, self-esteem, empathy, social justice and teamwork.

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“Advocates of Hope, Enthusiasm and Life!”: Diocese Welcomes New Staff

Posted 5 March 2019 by Catholic Education in News

There was mingling, laughter and unexpected gifts, as over 190 guests gathered on 28 February at Villa D’oro Function Centre for a dinner to welcome new staff into Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW).

Each year, newly appointed staff attend the dinner together with their principals, including leadership team members, early career and experienced teachers, support staff and CEO officers.

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St Joseph’s Albion Park student waste warriors clean up Little Lake

Posted 4 March 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

St Joseph’s Albion Park War on Waste (WoW) Club members have joined forces with community environment groups, Two Week Red Bin Challenge and Oceans in Focus, to clean up over nine large garbage bags full of plastics and rubbish around local Barrack Point beach spot, Little Lake.

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Show the love for Townsville

Posted 4 March 2019 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Students, families and staff from Catholic school communities in and around Townsville have been devastated by the worst floods ever recorded in the region. This comes on top of the devastating drought conditions which have severely impacted these communities.

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Celebrating Catholic Schools

Posted 1 March 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Schools Week is here! Join our 38 systemic Catholic schools in the Diocese and Catholic school communities across NSW in celebration from 3-9 March 2019. 

View our Catholic Schools Week video here or view it within this article. 

Our Catholic schools are vibrant places of learning and faith, hope and opportunity - where every student is supported to reach their full potential and find meaning and purpose in their lives. Catholic Schools Week is a chance to raise awareness and celebrate the strengths and distinctiveness of a Catholic education and the fundamental role our CEDoW schools play within our local communities. 

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Voices of the Diocese heard by Bishop Brian in Plenary 2020 regional listening sessions

Posted 21 February 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Over 30 representatives from Diocesan primary, secondary and congregational schools, the Catholic Education Office, Catholic agencies and parishes gathered with Bishop Brian Mascord at the Xavier Centre in Wollongong earlier this month for the second of four of the Diocese of Wollongong’s Plenary 2020 regional listening sessions.

These regional listening sessions have been an opportunity for those in our local area to engage with each other and give feedback on the Australian Bishops’ call to reflect on the future of the Catholic Church in Australia: what are we called to do, who are we called to be, and how we need to change.

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Wollongong Students Recognised at NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Blue Awards

Posted 18 February 2019 by Catholic Education in Sport News

Five students from the Diocese of Wollongong were recognised for their sporting achievements at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) 22nd Blue Awards on 11 February at St Mary’s Star of the Sea College, Wollongong.

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Introducing the 2019 Enviro Ninjas

Posted 8 February 2019 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

As part of the 2019 Year 6 Leadership Mass and Ceremony at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Primary School Corrimal, seventeen Enviro Ninjas were presented with their leadership badges.

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ARTEXPRESS Success: Talented John Therry student wins prestigious award, artwork on display at Art Gallery of NSW

Posted 7 February 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Seeking to portray the diversity and individuality within issues affecting women in modern society, John Therry Rosemeadow student, Jacinta D’Cunha, created her HSC Visual Arts body of work, ‘Dear Sisters….in Solidarity’. Its artistic quality, visual impact and timely message have seen it selected from almost 9,000 artworks across the state to not only be exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from today, but win her the exhibition’s prestigious S&S Creativity Award, too.

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Tap for Teacher - seamlessly connecting schools and casual staff

Posted 31 January 2019 by Catholic Education in News

As a new school year commences, CEDoW schools are well placed to meet the growing demand for the engagement of casual staff through an innovative app — Tap for Teacher — seamlessly connecting schools and staff.

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CEDoW Students' Creative Works Tell A Transformative Story

Posted 20 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

CEDoW students have produced colourful and deeply reflective works in the 2018 Stretching Potential through Learning in Interactive Challenging Environments (S.P.L.I.C.E.D) Program, entitled 'Transformation: Inventions, Creativity and Ingenuity that have Changed the World'.  

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Promoting a Sustainable Christmas

Posted 20 December 2018 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

We are constantly challenged to be more sustainable and Christmas can be especially challenging, but the students at St Columbkille's Corrimal have tried to address this.

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St Joseph’s Bulli New Facilities Showcased

Posted 18 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

The joyful voices of the students of St Joseph’s, Bulli resounded around their school, as they celebrated the official blessing and opening of their new building, refurbished learning spaces and adventure playgrounds. In a beautiful pocket of the country, the students can learn and play, with all they need for a quality Catholic education. 

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St Columbkille's Corrimal rises and shines at Council Awards

Posted 18 December 2018 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Paula Russo, one of the WEN Contacts at St Columbkille's Corrimal shared her recent experience at the Wollongong City Council Rise and Shine Awards in which another of our CEDOW schools was recognised for its wonderful environmental work in 2018.

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John Therry’s Rhys Dewick hits home run of 2018 sporting success

Posted 17 December 2018 by Catholic Education in Sport News

John Therry, Rosemeadow student, Rhys Dewick, is one of the country’s most promising baseball prospects - and has an impressive list of team selections and awards to prove it. In a busy final year of secondary school, Dewick has stepped out onto the field as a NSWCCC, NSW All Schools and an Australian Schools representative, with his efforts culminating in a recent baseball tour of the US in front of the sport’s top scouts.

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St Michael’s Thirroul rises and shines with environment award

Posted 16 December 2018 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

A targeted school-wide campaign to streamline waste management by increasing recycling and composting, and reducing the rubbish going to landfill, has earned St Michael’s, Thirroul official recognition and praise - the school being awarded a Wollongong City Council ‘Rise and Shine Environment Award’.

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New Forum for St Michael’s, Thirroul Parents and Friends Association

Posted 14 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

What types of parent education programs are important? How can parents contribute to living the faith at the school? What are important priorities for fundraising in our school? These are some of the questions addressed by St Michael’s, Thirroul parents at the school’s recent Parents and Friends Association (P&F) meeting.

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Outstanding HSC success for CEDoW secondary students

Posted 13 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

More than 900 students from our eight systemic Catholic schools across the Diocese of Wollongong were up early today to receive their HSC marks. Our students’ hard work and dedication has paid off, with many achieving remarkable results - including one First in Course, three All Round Achievers and 120 Distinguished Achievers.

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John Therry Rosemeadow student wins honour in literary competition

Posted 12 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow Year 9 student, Olivia Torres, was recently announced as a winner in the OzKids 2018 Young Australian Art and Writers’ Awards competition, for a poem she composed on the theme of war. In November, Olivia and her parents were flown to Melbourne to attend the awards ceremony and dinner.

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Magdalene student history project wins national Anzac Day Schools' Award

Posted 11 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Congratulations to Magdalene Catholic High School, Narellan - named by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, as one of this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Award recipients for their Year 10 History elective class’ research project commemorating the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

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A Place to Call Home

Posted 9 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Students recently gathered at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow for the CEDoW Secondary Students Social Justice Day, that provided an opportunity - through the creative arts - for reflection and response to the 2018-2019 Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement. 

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St Justin’s Oran Park student recognised with Young Journalist Award

Posted 6 December 2018 by Jessica Sparks in News

Congratulations to St Justin’s, Oran Park student, Holly Burfitt, who has beaten out hundreds of young wordsmiths across the country to claim junior runner up in the Australian Catholics’  2018 Young Journalist Award competition.

Holly wowed the judges with her 300-word piece on local hero, Wests Tigers Community Engagement Manager, Shaun Spence. It skilfully captured the essence of Shaun’s story as someone making a real difference to the people around him.

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Advent Calendar app features CEDoW students’ artworks

Posted 2 December 2018 by Catholic Education in News

A new 2018 Advent Calendar app is featuring CEDoW students’ Christmas Story Art Competition artworks as part of its daily delivery of visual and written inspiration for the Christmas season.

The Advent Calendar is a joint project of Xt3 and Sydney Catholic Youth, and promises to help schools, classes and individual young Catholics spiritually prepare their hearts and minds for Christmas.

View the calendar online and download the app inside.

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Year 10 Students Heading to Space - Taking STEM Learning to New Heights

Posted 29 November 2018 by Catholic Education in News

On Saturday 1 December, five Year 10 students from Magdalene Catholic High School, Narellan will be launching a high-altitude balloon into near space in Binya, in NSW’s Riverina region. This comes after two years of planning and devoted work, with the students aiming to reach for the stars!

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St Patrick’s Contemporary New Building Facilities Are Blessed

Posted 27 November 2018 by Catholic Education in News

A hundredth anniversary is always a special occasion, no more so than when the Parish of St Patrick’s, Port Kembla celebrated their centennial. It was a milestone that coincided with the opening and official blessing of the new building facilities at St Patrick’s Parish Primary School, Port Kembla.

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22nd Annual CDF Diocesan Sports Awards 2018

Posted 27 November 2018 by Catholic Education in Sport News

On Friday 23 November, the Diocesan Sports Council staged the 22nd Annual CDF Sports Awards to recognise the outstanding achievements of students from primary and secondary schools across the Diocese.

PHOTO GALLERY ICON PHOTOS OF ALL AWARD WINNERS BY CATEGORY

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Best of our primary school public speakers compete at Diocesan grand final

Posted 26 November 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Does music teach us good values? 'Social' media...is it? The changing face of Australia. 2018 – what would Jesus think?

These are some of the big issues tackled by Years 5 and 6 students this year for the annual CDF Diocesan Public Speaking competition.

Last week saw the culmination of school and regional rounds of the competition, where the top six students from Years 5 and 6 competed in the Diocesan grand final.

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St John’s Campbelltown student’s humanity recognised with Fred Hollows award

Posted 22 November 2018 by Catholic Education in News

St John the Evangelist, Campbelltown student, Daniel Justin, has been recognised for his compassion, integrity and kindness with a national Fred Hollows Humanity Award.

Daniel was honoured at an award ceremony at NSW Parliament House in Sydney, after being nominated for his many good deeds in the school community and consistently treating others with kindness and respect.

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I am a mission on this Earth - Healing a Nation Through Education

Posted 21 November 2018 by Catholic Education in News

After decades of conflict and internal struggles, the South-East Asian country of Myanmar is moving towards a new age of democracy. In a country where Christianity represents only 6% of the population, the Catholic Church has prioritised education as the key stepping stone to peace. As the nation moves into a more peaceful era, CEDoW has committed to raising awareness and providing financial support, to help heal and build a prosperous Myanmar.

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Winners announced for Lighting the Way Faith and Learning Recognition Awards 2018

Posted 19 November 2018 by Catholic Education in Director's News

As guests filed into the Grand Ballroom of the Novotel in Wollongong, the passion and dedication of the attendees was clearly evident - a group of the most outstanding and innovative staff working in the Diocese.

The winners of this year’s Lighting the Way Faith and Learning Recognition Awards were revealed at a formal dinner on Friday 16 November, acknowledging achievement and significant career milestones of dedicated individuals.

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Celebrating 10 Years of School-wide Positive Behaviours for Learning

Posted 14 November 2018 by Catholic Education in News

CEDoW has recently had the outstanding distinction of celebrating a 10-year milestone of the implementation of School-wide Positive Behaviours for Learning (SPB4L), in all twenty-nine Diocesan  primary schools.

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Illawarra schools proudly represent the Diocese at NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Challenge

Posted 9 November 2018 by Catholic Education in Sport News

Over 280 students from five of our Illawarra schools have competed against hundreds of other Catholic school students from across NSW and the ACT in the 35th annual NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Challenge (CPSBC).

The tournament - this year hosted by St Christopher’s, Panania - is one of the largest sporting tournaments for primary school students in NSW. The strong presence of the Diocese of Wollongong could not be missed, with St Paul’s, Albion Park; Stella Maris, Shellharbour; Nazareth, Shellharbour City; Ss Peter and Paul, Kiama; and St Brigid’s, Gwynneville taking 40 teams between them to play at venues across Bankstown, Menai, Sutherland and Riverwood.

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Year 12 students recognised at Bishop’s Student Excellence Awards 2018

Posted 8 November 2018 by Catholic Education in News

A graduating student from each of our eight Diocesan Catholic secondary schools has been recognised for exemplifying the best of Catholic education at last night’s Bishop’s Student Excellence Awards at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

Diocese of Wollongong Vicar-General, Fr. Bernard Gordon, presented the awards to the Year 12 students at a special afternoon ceremony in front of proud family members, teachers, principals, and senior leadership from the Catholic Education Office.

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St Columbkille’s Students Win National Grant

Posted 6 November 2018 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

During Nude Food October and Enviroweek, two clever Year 6 students from St Columbkille’s, Corrimal won a national competition, earning a Nude Food Grant.

Saskia McIntyre and Emily Fenton recognised that there is too much packaging on food brought in from home by the students at their school and that by coming to school at least one day a week trash free with ‘nude food’, they could help beat plastic pollution and encourage their community to live more sustainably.

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Engaging Authentic Student Voice: CEDoW Director’s Student Advisory Council

Posted 6 November 2018 by Catholic Education in Director's News

The opening meeting of the Director’s Student Advisory Council was held at Studio5 located within the Emmaus Catholic Education Centre in Macarthur. It was the first meeting of a newly formed council which aims to offer insight and guidance to CEDoW and School Leadership Teams.

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St Joseph’s Albion Park leads the charge on EnviroWeek action

Posted 30 October 2018 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

St Joseph’s, Albion Park has used this year’s EnviroWeek to celebrate and further their fantastic efforts to build environmental awareness, action and a strong school spirit around caring for creation.

 

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St Columbkille’s Corrimal girls and boys dominate school footy competitions

Posted 26 October 2018 by Catholic Education in Sport News

If the St George Illawarra Dragons are looking for a breeding ground of young talent, they need look no further than St Columbkille’s, Corrimal. The primary school has yet again nurtured their students’ NRL footy skills and teamwork to great success - this year coming away both the boys’ Rod Wishart Shield and girls’ Sam Bremner Shield.

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Recognition for Environmental Action

Posted 24 October 2018 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Staff and Students of St Joseph's Primary School Bulli take very seriously their call to care for the planet and have recently introduced a special award that recognises those people in their community who have demonstrated their commitment and care for the environment.

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Response to the National Apology to the Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Posted 22 October 2018 by Catholic Education in Director's News

A joint statement from CEDoW Director of Schools, Peter Turner, and the Executive of the Catholic Principals’ Association of the Diocese of Wollongong, in response to today's National Apology to the Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

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Stella Maris students drive their learning

Posted 22 October 2018 by Catholic Education and with contributions from Stella Maris students: Ella Donnelly; Emma Judd; Jake Petrovski and Sienna Leahy in News

How can we, as expert members of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, investigate Australia’s relationship with Asian nations so that we can inform people about our diversity and persuade them to become more globally connected through our World Expo display? That was the driving question posed to Year 6 students at Stella Maris, Shellharbour, as part of their Term 3 Project-Based Learning (PBL) initiative.

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Science fun on offer for all students at St Joseph’s Albion Park

Posted 19 October 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Bunsen burners, crazy chemical reactions, liquid nitrogen experiments and making slime… it’s all the best parts of science on offer for students in the St Joseph’s, Albion Park Science Club. A place where mistakes are all learning opportunities and all learning opportunities are fun, the fortnightly get-together is keeping students excited, engaged and educated about the wonderful world of science.

Read more about the St Joseph's Science Club and hear from students directly via video. 

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CEDoW’s mBot coding competition challenges primary and secondary students

Posted 16 October 2018 by Catholic Education in News

mBots at the ready! School versus school, mate versus mate, it was game on for the regional rounds of CEDoW’s 2018 mBot Coding Competition. Students from Years 2 to 10 from across the Diocese have used the fun, competitive atmosphere as an opportunity to test out their coding abilities across a range of robotics challenges.

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Come along to our DOW Spotlight on Technology 2018 event!

Posted 15 October 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Teachers and school staff are warmly invited to come along to our DOW Spotlight on Technology 2018 event at the end of October to see a range of interesting panels, fun workshops, engaging presentations and more.  

Technology • Science • Art • Making Things Happen!

Read on for details and more information on the two-day event (including a special evening event for parents).

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Ss Peter and Paul student receives letter from the Queen

Posted 10 October 2018 by Catholic Education in News

While many take for granted the Queen’s Birthday public holiday as a chance to enjoy a long weekend, a Kindergarten student from Ss Peter and Paul, Kiama certainly did not.

Young Harry McInnes was amazed that he received a whole day off from school on Monday 11 June and wanted to know more about this holiday.

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CEDoW schools give generously to Vinnies Winter Appeal

Posted 5 October 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic primary and secondary schools across the Diocese of Wollongong have creatively and generously raised funds and donated goods to the Vinnies Winter Appeal over the past several months to help those in need in our region this winter.

Our school communities have dug deep to make a significant difference to local families struggling this winter and beyond. They’ve held collection drives, sleepouts, pyjama days, ‘winter woolies’ mufti days and walkathons to raise over $15,000 dollars for local Vinnies conferences and donate several thousand much-needed essentials, including blankets, warm clothes, toiletries, canned goods and other food items.

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‘Because of her, we can!’ NAIDOC Profile: KARAN TAYLOR

Posted 29 September 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

CEDoW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Professional Officer, Karan Taylor, is a remarkable Aboriginal Catholic woman. Starting as a parent sharing her Aboriginal cultural knowledge with her children’s classes to now leading a team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education across the Diocese of Wollongong, Karan’s contribution to our Catholic education system and school communities has been immense. 

In light of this year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Because of her, we can!’, and Karan recently receiving a prestigious NATSICC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council) Service to Community Award, we spoke to Karan about her life and work in a four-part audio interview here…

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Good Samaritan school community puts on Camelot performance spectacular!

Posted 27 September 2018 by Catholic Education in News

In a formidable coming-together of a school community, Good Samaritan Fairy Meadow students from Kindergarten to Year 6, former students, parents, grandparents and teachers have worked together to put on a spectacular stage performance of ‘Kids in Camelot’.

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End of Term Message

Posted 27 September 2018 by Peter Turner in Director's News

As we come to the end of a busy, and for some schools, exceptionally challenging Term, I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your work, and to wish you a safe and enjoyable break.

This week has witnessed the graduation of our Year 12 students across the Diocese.

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Year 5 and 6 students impress judges and guests at 2018 Christmas Story Art Exhibition

Posted 23 September 2018 by Catholic Education in News

In early Term 3, over a thousand Year 5 and 6 students started with a blank canvas for the Christmas Story Art Competition. Now, after weeks of reflection, planning and work with a range of art materials and techniques, 50 talented young artists have had their artworks selected and celebrated at CEDoW's 2018 Christmas Story Art Exhibition.

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CEDoW raises over $25,000 for Vinnies NSW Drought Appeal

Posted 20 September 2018 by Catholic Education in News

In a wonderful gesture of kindness, Year 4 student Beau Hart from Stella Maris, Shellharbour recently donated to the Vinnies Drought Appeal his valuable ice-cream container of savings for an upcoming holiday.

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John Therry's Malek Malual picks up USA basketball scholarship

Posted 15 September 2018 by Macarthur Advertiser in Sport News

John Therry Rosemeadow student, Malek Malual, may be late bloomer in basketball circles but he has wasted little time making a big impression.

Malek, who only became interested in the sport four years ago, has been offered a USA basketball scholarship as a pathway to play in the NBA.

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Diocese’s Year 6 students delight in Masses with the Bishop

Posted 10 September 2018 by Catholic Education in News

In inspiring and uplifting celebrations, over 1,500 students from Year 6 classrooms around the Diocese have gathered together as communities of faith with Bishop Brian Mascord to mark their final year of primary school.

The series of Year 6 Masses with the Bishop saw students, staff, clergy and guests from 30 school communities congregate in three regional clusters across the Diocese of Wollongong.

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CEDoW teachers celebrated at Accreditation Recognition Ceremony

Posted 6 September 2018 by Catholic Education in News

In a room full of optimism for the promise of the rich teaching careers lying ahead of them, 77 CEDoW staff have been officially acknowledged as Proficient Teachers by Director of Schools, Peter Turner, Catholic school principals and CEDoW leaders at the annual Accreditation Recognition Ceremony.

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St Paul’s, Moss Vale celebrates 70 years of education: “All to all in faith and learning!”

Posted 29 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Through a wonderful series of events, St Paul’s, Moss Vale have recently celebrated their 70th anniversary and also, 130 years since the official blessing of St Paul's Parish Catholic Church. Students have prayed, painted, sung, danced and gone ‘back in time’ on a history walk – all marking this significant milestone in the life of their community.

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Carrington Aged Care Residents Bond with Magdalene students in shuffleboard competition

Posted 29 August 2018 by Camden-Narellan Advertiser in News

There’s nothing like a shuffleboard table to bring some of Macarthur’s oldest and youngest folk together. Magdalene Catholic High School, Narellan hosted Carrington Aged Care residents in an inaugural inter-generational shuffleboard competition on Tuesday.

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Books come to life at Holy Family Ingleburn's Book Week spectacular

Posted 28 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Each Book Week, our Catholic schools come alive with costumes, characters, colour and creativity to celebrate Australian children’s literature. 

At Holy Family, Ingleburn, students and staff wholeheartedly embrace the occasion of Book Week. The school uses the week in August to bring books to life in a distinctly engaging and memorable way - threading their book parade into an exciting Book Week performance that gets the whole school community involved.

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Studies of Religion - HSC Enrichment Days Support Year 12 Students Ahead of Trial Exams

Posted 23 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

As the HSC approaches and Year 12 currently complete their trials, it is hoped that many of our CEDoW students have been able to sit their Studies of Religion (SOR) exams with an enhancement of knowledge, after attending enrichment days focused on a range of SOR syllabus topics - from bioethics to Aboriginal Spirituality, presented by experienced facilitators.

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St Paul’s, Albion Park celebrates Children’s Book Week 2018

Posted 19 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together to celebrate Book Week. During this time, schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children collectively acknowledge Australian children's literature.

Book Week, a highlight on the school calendar, runs this year from Saturday 18 August to Friday 24 August, themed "find your treasure", to inspire the celebration of Australian children’s books and reading.

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CEDoW community raises $11,186 for Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Posted 14 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

With only a cardboard tent held together with duct tape to call home for the night, Nicole Van Ingen, Principal of St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Milton, joined 30 CEOs from around the Illawarra to brave the cold and ‘sleep rough’ for a night in support of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

CEDoW has long been a supporter of the St Vincent de Paul Society and when the call went out inviting our school principals to be involved, Nicole did not hesitate to volunteer.

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You're invited to celebrate Magdalene's 20 year anniversary

Posted 13 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

A final event to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Magdalene Catholic High School, Narellan is fast approaching!

Principal, Matt McMahon is reaching out to all members of our CEDoW community to invite them to join in the festivities of their 'Return to Magdalene Day' this Saturday, 18th August.

For more details and to read Mr McMahon's message, read on.

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Vinnies Launches Appeal for Drought-Afflicted NSW

Posted 10 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Aligned with our Faith in Action guidelines, Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong is heavily promoting and encouraging individual and school community support to be provided to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s - NSW major drought appeal in a coordinated approach, providing transparency about how our funding is being spent. Further, we are staying in close contact with Vinnies to determine and monitor local need for assistance required by families in our area.

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How CEDoW schools across our Diocese celebrated NAIDOC Week

Posted 10 August 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

NAIDOC Week is an important time in our Catholic schools, where we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Through liturgies, assemblies, presentations and learning activities, our schools have learned about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and acknowledged the significant history and presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the many regions of our Diocese.

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Students savour Indonesian cultural experience at St John's Nowra

Posted 7 August 2018 by South Coast Register in News

Students from St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra have received a unique Indonesian cultural education that they will remember for a long time.

Indonesian Consul General Heru Subolo and wife, Madam Sinta Subolo, along with other special guests visited the school and took part in the day’s activities.

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St Benedict's fundraise for CatholicCare Cybersafety Legacy Project

Posted 7 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Students at St Benedict’s Catholic College, Oran Park have fundraised at their annual College Celebration Day a remarkable $8,000 for CatholicCare Wollongong, with the funds raised to be put towards the development of a program to support students and their parent/caregivers to navigate the challenges and harness the strengths of technology in their daily lives. 

It is intended that the program will be built on evidence-based research and be tested for efficacy. Once established, it is hoped that the program will make a positive impact on the well-being of students throughout the Diocese and be a legacy of the goodwill and generosity of the St Benedict's school community.

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Chopped for charity: young Jade donates her hair to other children in need

Posted 2 August 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Like many young girls, 11 year old Jade loved her long hair. Last week, it went all the way down past her elbows! But the St Patrick’s, Port Kembla student has since cut all her long locks off for a very good cause - to donate it to other children who have lost their hair due to illness.  

Jade decided to get the big chop for charity and send her hair to Variety - the Children’s Charity’s ‘Hair with Heart’ program.

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Young mathematicians test their skills at CEDoW Stage 4 Mathematics Enrichment Days

Posted 31 July 2018 by Catholic Education in News

American mathematician, William Thurston, said: "The real satisfaction from mathematics is in learning from others and sharing with others". That’s what Year 7 and 8 students from Catholic secondary schools across the Diocese experienced at the recent Stage 4 Mathematics Enrichment Days.

Over 200 students from our systemic secondary schools attended the events - the first at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the second at Western Sydney University (WSU).

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Macarthur primary students ‘activated’ by new immersive spiritual program

Posted 26 July 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Over 150 Year 6 students from Holy Family, Ingleburn; Mary Immaculate, Eagle Vale; and St Francis, Edmondson Park have been the first in the Diocese to participate in the Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong team’s new ACTIVATE fire program.

Generously hosted by Holy Family, Ingleburn, in their new school hall, students from the three schools were all treated to a day-long immersive spiritual experience. A range of sessions were on offer throughout the morning and afternoon that included a mix of singing and prayer, discussion and reflection, games and workshops.

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NATSICC Acknowledgement Plaques

Posted 25 July 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

In a historic decision, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference endorsed the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) acknowledgment plaques for use in schools, parishes and organisations across Australia, making a strong statement of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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St John’s students stand out at Shoalhaven VET Awards

Posted 23 July 2018 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

The breadth and depth of St John the Evangelist, Nowra’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) talent was on clear display at the recent Shoalhaven Excellence in Vocational Education and Training Awards, with many students receiving recognition for their efforts both in and out of school.

A special congratulations to the Excellence in Vocational Education and Training ‘Student of the Year’ award recipients from St John's: Lauren Field (Hospitality Student of the Year) and Jack Flamminio (Construction Student of the Year).

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‘Because of her, we can!’ NAIDOC Profile: TOUMANDA FOHRMAN

Posted 20 July 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

Toumanda Fohrman has faced struggles coming to terms with her cultural identity as she’s grown up. But support from her mother and her Aboriginal community have empowered her to find confidence and strength in her Aboriginality.

Today, the Year 12 student from St Joseph’s, Albion Park, has aspirations to pursue a career where she can give back to her Aboriginal community and help others like her find their own purpose and sense of belonging.

In celebration of NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme, ‘Because of her, we can!’, we spoke to Toumanda about her journey in a three-part audio interview here...

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“Because of her, we can!” NAIDOC Profile - Kylie McElhone

Posted 13 July 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

Six years ago, Kylie McElhone was juggling being a wife and mother of two teenagers, a full-time career woman and university student, all while searching for crucial answers to her family history and cultural identity. She might have had her doubts, but with a strength, determination and a passion for learning that has characterised much of her life, she made it through with flying colours. 

Today, her wealth of diverse professional and personal experience not only gives her an incredible life story, but powerful insight and empathy in her role within CEDoW’s Child Protection team.

In celebration of NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme, ‘Because of her, we can!’, we spoke to Kylie about her journey. Listen to our four-part audio interview with Kylie here...

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HSC Study Guide 2018

Posted 6 July 2018 by Catholic Education in News

With the HSC just over 3 months away, Year 12 students are being encouraged to use the upcoming holiday break to plan effectively for their exams.

The 2018 HSC Study Guide is designed to help students in that preparation, providing useful advice for students for this year's exams and 'surviving Year 12 and beyond'. 

Read on for more information and a link to the guide.

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St John's Nowra students step up to STEM Immersion Day challenge

Posted 5 July 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Year 9 students at St John the Evangelist, Nowra have been given a valuable opportunity to immerse themselves in all things STEM for a day, taking on challenges designed to develop a range of useful science, technology, engineering and mathematics thinking and skills for their future.

Organised by the school, the day engaged over 160 students in four different STEM activities - each testing the students and exposing them to different STEM competencies.

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Catholic secondary students gather for CEDoW social justice forum

Posted 3 July 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Over 70 students from Catholic secondary schools across the Diocese have gathered together to participate in CEDoW’s Secondary Students Social Justice Forum.

The Year 9 and 10 students, many in social justice leadership positions at their schools, travelled to the Xavier Centre in Wollongong to discuss ideas and explore the themes around Catholic Social Teaching in contemporary society.

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Former John Therry student awarded Copenhagen scholarship from Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary

Posted 3 July 2018 by Catholic Education in News

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to meet a princess however former John Therry student, Tennille Vitagliano, did just that when she was awarded the prestigious Crown Princess Mary Scholarship from the University of Copenhagen for her research in the field of immunology.

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Director’s NAIDOC Week message

Posted 2 July 2018 by Peter Turner in Director's News

NAIDOC Week is an important time in our Catholic schools, where we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - and in particular this year, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

WATCH the Director’s NAIDOC Week video message and a video from students across the Diocese who pay tribute to the incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in our CEDoW community, inspired by this year's NAIDOC theme: Because of her, we can!

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Corpus Christi HSC physics students tour Wollongong Hospital

Posted 29 June 2018 by Catholic Education in News

You may have had an ultrasound or X-ray, an MRI or CAT scan...but do you know the science behind how this medical imaging equipment works? That’s what Year 12 Physics students from Corpus Christi, Oak Flats visited Wollongong Hospital to find out.

The group toured the hospital’s range of imaging facilities in order to further their understanding of how physics is used in medicine every day to detect abnormalities in the human body and save lives.

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Director's Art Gallery

Posted 28 June 2018 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong is proud to launch the Director’s Art Gallery 2018, showcasing a selection of exceptional artworks produced by secondary students from Years 8 to 12.

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St Thomas More Celebrates Feast Day and 40th Anniversary of the School

Posted 26 June 2018 by Catholic Education in News

On Friday 22 June, the community of St Thomas More, Ruse gathered at their parish church for a Mass to honour the feast day of their patron saint and to celebrate the school’s significant 40th anniversary. A much anticipated event, shared with students, staff, families (past and present) and parishioners, giving thanks for the last 40 years.

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Paul Dillon educates Illawarra school communities on alcohol and other drugs

Posted 21 June 2018 by Catholic Education in News

If you want the most accurate, up-to-date research and information around alcohol and others drugs, Paul Dillon is your man. Holy Spirit College, Bellambi and St Joseph’s, Albion Park were fortunate to host the founder and director of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) this week as he worked with local students, parents and staff on a wide range of alcohol and other drug issues among young people.

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Following In The Footsteps Of The Anzacs: Scholar Chloe Brown

Posted 18 June 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Chloe Brown, from St Joseph’s, Albion Park, is preparing to take a once in a lifetime pilgrimage as one of 20 Year 10 and 11 students from across NSW to win a Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship that will see her touring the battlefields of the Western Front in Europe. 

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Students get to know Brian Mascord at the Year 12 Gatherings with the Bishop

Posted 14 June 2018 by Catholic Education in News

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” - Matthew 18:20

Thousands of Year 12 students from fourteen of our systemic and congregational Catholic secondary schools across the Diocese have gathered together in this Year of Youth to share their thoughts and ideas, and get to know our newly-ordained Bishop Brian Mascord.

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Happy School Support Staff Day!

Posted 13 June 2018 by Peter Turner in Director's News

Today, 13 June 2018 is School Support Staff Day.

Along with our Bishop, I join with you in acknowledging the significant contributions of school support staff, each and every day across all our school communities.

If you can, please take time to thank them personally for their commitment and dedication in making our diocesan Catholic schools great, for every student, so that they can learn, grow and achieve in a safe and supportive environment.

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Schools around the Diocese say no to plastic on World Environment Day

Posted 8 June 2018 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

From Helensburgh to Moss Vale, Unanderra to Ingleburn, our CEDoW schools have celebrated World Environment Day, encouraging awareness and positive action to protect our environment. Students have embraced this year’s theme, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ in many effective and creative ways - a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.

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Mary Immaculate, Eagle Vale welcomes official opening and blessing of new learning facility

Posted 5 June 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Bishop Brian Mascord, Director of Schools, Peter Turner, several senior CEO staff and other local dignitaries have joined the Mary Immaculate, Eagle Vale school community for the official opening and blessing of their new learning space. Comprising six classrooms, a large general learning area, several small breakout rooms and an outdoor learning area and garden, this new facility caters for twenty-first century learning and teaching in a growing school. 

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Holy Spirit's Mark Mancini wins silver at WorldSkills National Championships

Posted 5 June 2018 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

Congratulations to Holy Spirit College, Bellambi student, Mark Mancini, who has won an individual SILVER medal in Electrotechnology at the WorldSkills VETiS National Championships 2018 in Sydney over the weekend.

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Celebrating National Reconciliation Week

Posted 4 June 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

Each year National Reconciliation Week builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is a time for our CEDoW school communities to honour and learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the reconciliation journey.

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Teachers Meet to Care for Our Common Home, Our School

Posted 31 May 2018 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Caring for Our Common Home, Our School was the theme for the recent professional development day that gathered the WEN Contacts from across our system of schools.

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Two Marks from Holy Spirit to take on the country’s best at the WorldSkills VETiS National Championships

Posted 30 May 2018 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

One teaches one of the only Electrotechnology Certificate II Career Start courses available in our Diocese. The other is one of his students, excelling against those across Sydney to rise in the competition ranks. Now, both Marks from Holy Spirit College, Bellambi - Mr Hamlet and Mr Mancini - are off to the WorldSkills VETiS National Championships 2018 to battle it out with the best of the best in electrotechnology.

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Holy Family, Ingleburn celebrates official opening and blessing of their new hall

Posted 28 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

The school community of Holy Family, Ingleburn has gathered to celebrate the official opening of its new parish school hall. Joining them were many distinguished guests including Director of Schools, Peter Turner and Bishop Brian Mascord, who blessed the new facilities and unveiled a plaque commemorating the occasion - the first under his leadership of the Diocese.

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Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow

Posted 25 May 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

National Sorry Day falls this year on Saturday 26 May and is a day when we pause to remember the Stolen Generations of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  It leads us into the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week, which is held each year between 27 May and 3 June. 

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Stella Maris Celebrates 60 Years of Catholic Education

Posted 22 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

The Stella Maris, Shellharbour school community is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with week-long plans, including the involvement of past and present students, staff, parents, and invited special guests.

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Six Illawarra Catholic schools take on Da Vinci Decathlon

Posted 21 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Six Illawarra Catholic schools have taken on 13 other schools from the region in the 2018 Da Vinci Decathlon competition for Years 5 and 6 students, with encouraging results.

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Full STEAM Ahead

Posted 19 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

“Full STEAM Ahead”, the catchy theme of the 2018 Mathematical Association of NSW (MANSW) Wollongong Cluster Biannual Conference, was held on Saturday 19 May at the University of Wollongong with over 100 educators in attendance.

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It IS rocket science! Ss Peter & Paul compete in Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge

Posted 16 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Students from Ss Peter and Paul Kiama have proven themselves worthy competitors in their first year at the Australian Aeronautical Velocity Challenge (AAVC) - a competition designed to encourage STEM skills across all year levels and education sectors, by building rockets, planes and drones to complete various challenges.

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Homelessness Has a Face - 2018 Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Posted 15 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

For Nicole Van Ingen and her family, homelessness has a face and it’s personal. That face is the birth mother of their adopted son David, who has had to call the streets home for much of the last 10 years.

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It’s National Families Week!

Posted 15 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

National Families Week is held from 15-21 May 2018 (coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May).

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Stella Maris and Corpus Christi students help create new Shellharbour playground

Posted 9 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Students from Stella Maris, Shellharbour and Corpus Christi, Oak Flats have played a key role in designing the new and improved playground area at Little Park in Shellharbour Village - officially opened by Shellharbour City Council last week. 

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HAMANI TANGINOA NAMED AS YMCA NSW YOUTH PARLIAMENT MEMBER FOR 2018

Posted 8 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

YMCA Youth Parliament is a unique program in which the best and brightest youth engage with national politics and present real bills to Parliament on issues that affect them. Youth Parliament is not just an exercise, since its beginning in 2002 over half a dozen pieces of YMCA NSW Youth Parliament youth legislation have been passed into NSW Law, including the recent Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

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Holy Spirit and St Joseph’s students revel in Italy study tour

Posted 7 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Ciao dall’Italia! (Hello from Italy!) 

Students from Holy Spirit College, Bellambi and St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Albion Park have enjoyed a trip together to Italy - touring the country, learning in an Italian school and even living with local Italian families - in a unique learning opportunity offered by the two Catholic schools.

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CEDoW students rise to the STEM challenge, Project Stay Afloat

Posted 4 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

The week-long inter-diocesan STEM challenge - Project Stay Afloat 2018 - has seen 1,700 students from over 60 classes in 30 schools across the Dioceses of Wollongong and Lismore use their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills to create in-class solutions to a global problem: rising sea levels.

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STUDENT COMPETITION: Justice Literary Writing Competition

Posted 3 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Are you a student in Years 8-11? Enjoy creative writing? Have a passion for social justice, human rights and eco-justice? We have the competition for you! The Edmund Rice Centre invites you to take part in their 2018 Justice Literary Writing Competition.

See here for competition details, prizes and how to enter.

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Magdalene Catholic High School invites you to celebrate 20 years with them

Posted 1 May 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Magdalene Catholic High School, Narellan warmly invites you to join their '20 years' Gala Dinner on the night of Friday 18 May at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club to celebrate their 20 years of quality Catholic education in the Macarthur region.
 

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National Families Week - Making Moments Matter

Posted 27 April 2018 by Catholic Education in News

National Families Week, held from 15 to 21 May, aims to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. 

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Schools Commemorate Anzac Day

Posted 25 April 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. 

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Reconciliation: Everyone's Business

Posted 23 April 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

A celebration and immersion of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture provided a memorable experience for over 60 staff from across the Diocese at a recent CEDoW conference.

Guided by the theme, Reconciliation: Everyone’s Business, the two-day event saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Teacher Contacts and Aboriginal Education Assistants (AEAs) from our schools, and other Catholic Education personnel gather at The Hermitage in Mittagong.

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Appin Massacre Memorial Ceremony

Posted 19 April 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Community gathered on Sunday 15 April to pay their respects to the victims of the Appin Massacre at a memorial hosted by Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group, in remembrance of the massacre of Aboriginal people 202 years ago.

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Holy Family's Green First Term

Posted 19 April 2018 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

During Term One, the school community of Holy Family, Ingleburn has been actively promoting environmental initiatives through the actioning of their School Environment Management Plan (SEMP).

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Schools add their voices to ban plastic bags

Posted 16 April 2018 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Recently our schools were invited to help Sophia Skaparis, a student from Monte Sant Angelo North Sydney, who asked if we would sign a petition to ban single-use plastic bags in NSW.

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Corpus Christi Student Wins Prestigious Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Posted 13 April 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Grace Mulley, a Year 12 student at Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats, has won the prestigious Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award for 2018.

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Year of Youth in full swing in the Diocese of Wollongong

Posted 10 April 2018 by Catholic Education in News

The Australian Bishops have put a call out to young Catholics to engage with the Church, celebrate and be celebrated in a declared ‘Year of Youth’. From the launch in Sydney to within our Catholic secondary schools since, Diocese of Wollongong students have responded in great numbers and even greater enthusiasm.

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Our Lady Help of Christians' Lenten fundraising to help Tanzanian school

Posted 5 April 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Lent has had a special meaning for staff and students at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Primary School, Rosemeadow this year, where the school community has focused its efforts on raising money for a non-profit school in Tanzania. Two of its teachers are travelling to the African nation in the upcoming school holidays to personally deliver the funds.

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CEDoW’s rising hockey star to take on Youth Olympics qualifiers

Posted 4 April 2018 by Catholic Education in Sport News

As a baby, Courtney Schonell chose to hold a hockey stick over a dummy. At age four, she picked up that stick to play. Six years later, she made her first national hockey team. Now, at 17 years old, Courtney has won the NSWCCC Vince Villa Award for most outstanding female athlete across all sports and is on track to represent Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympics.

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Moving for a Better Cause

Posted 2 April 2018 by Catholic Education in News

From 12 to 31 March, hundreds of students from Magdalene Catholic High School, Narellan stepped up their cardio to take on the ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ global campaign, donating their physical exercise for a good cause.

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Milton countryside sets the scene for Holy Week celebrations

Posted 31 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. For the St Mary Star of the Sea students and parishioners in Milton, their view of the Cross is complemented by rolling, green farmland surrounds, the sun shining down on a white church standing strong atop a hill. Behind it, a backdrop of beautiful southern NSW escarpment.

 

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A 2018 Easter Message from the Director

Posted 28 March 2018 by Peter Turner in Director's News

In this holy season of Easter, I convey my very best wishes to all involved in Catholic education right across our Diocese. I gratefully acknowledge the outstanding work you do in the service of our young people and our Catholic schools.

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Youth Ministry Leaders empowered by Formation Retreat

Posted 26 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Over 80 students and staff involved in Youth Ministry at each of our diocese’s Catholic systemic secondary schools have gathered at Stanwell Tops to participate in the Youth Ministry Leaders Overnight Formation Retreat.

 

 

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Get Your Foot In The Door - University of Wollongong, Education Careers Expo

Posted 21 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

On Wednesday 21 March, Human Resource Services represented Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong at the University of Wollongong’s Education Careers Expo, where students and prospective employers came together to talk about potential career paths.

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Bishop Emeritus Peter Ingham farewelled at Campbelltown Dinner

Posted 20 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Bishop Emeritus Peter Ingham has delivered a humourous and heartfelt speech to over 500 guests from around the Diocese - including many from the Catholic Education community - gathered to celebrate and honour him at a Farewell Dinner at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

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St Columbkille’s students say “No Way!” to bullying

Posted 16 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Students at St Columbkille’s Primary and around the Diocese are standing up and saying “no way!” to bullying to mark today's National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

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ST FRANCIS TEACHER AWARDED CAMPBELLTOWN WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Posted 14 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

As an international hockey umpire, Kylie Seymour gets to be close to the action without being the centre of attention - and that’s the way she prefers it. But being awarded the 'Campbelltown Woman of the Year 2018' has put the St Francis Catholic College teacher firmly in the spotlight. 

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“Be not afraid!”: 2018 Diocesan Education Mass

Posted 9 March 2018 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Director of Schools, Peter Turner, has called on teachers and staff across the Diocese of Wollongong to “be not afraid” at the annual Diocesan Education Mass.

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'From the Mountains to the Sea': CEDoW gifts symbolic Aboriginal painting to new Bishop

Posted 9 March 2018 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

A beautiful painting celebrating the richness of Aboriginal storytelling, culture and connection across the Diocese of Wollongong has been gifted to newly ordained Bishop Brian Mascord from CEDoW staff.

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International Women's Day with Robynne Murphy

Posted 8 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day to challenge Australian women and men to consider the legacy that will be passed onto future generations of women.  

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St Brigid's opens its doors for Catholic Schools Week 2018

Posted 7 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

St Brigid's, Gwynneville and Catholic schools all across the Diocese of Wollongong have opened their doors to families, friends and community members for Catholic Schools Week 2018. 

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Year 6 Leaders Focus on Well-being During Catholic Schools Week 2018

Posted 7 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

More than 200 Year 6 students from schools St Paul’s Albion Park, Ss Peter and Paul Kiama, Stella Maris Shellharbour and Nazareth Shellharbour City came together on Friday 9 March for their annual Southern Illawarra Catholic Schools' (SICS) Leaders Day.

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St Thomas More Primary welcomes new principal

Posted 5 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

St Thomas More Catholic Parish Primary School is celebrating their first Catholic Schools Week with new principal, Mr Philip Barrington.

 

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New Staff Welcomed

Posted 1 March 2018 by Catholic Education in News

On 1 March, 188 staff from Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong schools and the Macarthur and Wollongong Head Offices gathered at Villa D’Oro for the organisation’s annual Welcome Dinner.

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Wollongong students star at NSW Combined Catholic Blues Awards

Posted 16 February 2018 by John Sparks in Sport News

The evening was staged at St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly on Monday 12 February. Over 50 students were recognised on the evening with 8 students from the Wollongong Diocese acknowledged.

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"For all that has been ... thanks!": Bishop Peter Ingham

Posted 9 February 2018 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic schools across the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands joined together to thank Bishop Peter for his great work and dedication to Catholic education in our Diocese.

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Queen's Baton arrives in Wollongong

Posted 5 February 2018 by Catholic Education in News

The Queen’s Baton for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games skydived into Wollongong today, to the cheering welcome of more than 1,000 local school children gathered at Stuart Park.

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New Principals Welcomed

Posted 29 January 2018 by Catholic Education in News

On Monday 22 January, 6 newly appointed Principals were formally welcomed to the significant role of Principalship at a System Orientation Day, where they met with members of the organisation’s Leadership Team and Human Resource Services.

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Christ Our Joy, Year of Youth Image Unveiled

Posted 26 December 2017 by Malcom Hart (CEC) in News

The official image for the Year of Youth was unveiled at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney on the 7th December 2017.

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Mt Carmel students tops state in HSC Construction

Posted 14 December 2017 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

Mt Carmel Catholic College student, Bianca Ritter, is a trailblazer. Not only did she take on study in traditionally male-dominated subjects for her HSC, but she’s done it in style, topping the state in the HSC Construction Examination.

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Australian All Schools Athletics Champions

Posted 13 December 2017 by John Sparks in Sport News

Jordan Doris (Mt Carmel) and Luke Small (Magdalene) won gold in their respective 800m track events at Schools Nationals in December.

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Celebrating the Release of the Reviewed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy

Posted 12 December 2017 by Beth Riolo in Yarning Circle

The reviewed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy was released 20 October 2017 at a gathering of educators, school leaders and Aboriginal Elders and community members. 

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Pathways on the Journey

Posted 7 December 2017 by John Charadia in News

“Pathways on the Journey” is a diverse collection of expressions from students who participated in the “Pathways on the Journey” SPLICED creative thinking and enrichment project.

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Little Matthew Takes Out First Prize in Global ICAS English Competition

Posted 1 December 2017 by Catholic Education in News

7 year old Matthew, a Year 2 student at St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School in Campbelltown, has taken out FIRST PRIZE in the ICAS English Competition.  

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Lighting the Way Faith & Learning Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement of CEDoW teachers and staff

Posted 23 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Hundreds gathered in Campbelltown last night for CEDoW's inaugural Lighting the Way Faith & Learning Awards - a fantastic evening of celebration, affirmation and acknowledgement of the significant contributions of our staff in schools and across Catholic Education in the Diocese of Wollongong. 

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"And the inaugural Professional Practice Awards go to..."

Posted 23 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

A special part of the 2017 Lighting the Way Faith & Learning Awards Evening was the conferral of the Professional Practice Awards. These awards acknowledged the outstanding achievement and efforts of five individual staff members who, in the course of their work and study, have been exemplary in a particular area of educational endeavour.

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St Paul's Albion Park Principal, Colleen Easton wins prestigious Lighting the Way Award

Posted 23 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

It is evident that Colleen Easton is a woman of deep faith. In a career spanning over forty years in Catholic Education in the Diocese of Wollongong, Colleen has consistently displayed a deep commitment, loyalty and devotion to honouring her call as a spiritual, faith and educational leader. So it was only fitting that the St Paul's Albion Park Principal receive the most prestigious award of CEDoW's Lighting the Way Faith & Learning Awards Evening - the Lighting the Way Award.

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Outstanding Early Career Teachers impress at Lighting the Way Awards Evening

Posted 23 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Congratulations to Stella Maris, Shellharbour's Siobhan Rooney and St Joseph's, Albion Park's Zachary Ellul for winning CEDoW's inaugural Outstanding Early Career Teacher Awards at the 2017 Lighting the Way Faith and Learning Awards Evening.

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Year 12 leaders shine at Bishop's Student Excellence Awards

Posted 22 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

The best and brightest of our Diocese's Catholic students have today been awarded the Bishop of Wollongong's Student Excellence Awards. Students and their families, principals and other CEDoW staff gathered together with Bishop Peter Ingham and Director of Schools, Peter Turner, to celebrate the outstanding achievements of these young men and women. 

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Students apply their trade in WorldSkills Australia VETiS Regional Competitions

Posted 18 November 2017 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

CEDoW VET students have successfully participated in the WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Regional Competitions across several skills categories during October and November.

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A Creative Answer to Pope Francis' Call

Posted 16 November 2017 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

St Pius X Unanderra have been working on the installation of a mural, composed of plastic bags woven into a pre-existing chain link fence.  This creative re-use of plastic bags, speaks directly to Pope Francis’ call to alter the contemporary ‘throwaway culture’ (Laudato Si, 22). 

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Oran Park student earns recognition in Young Journalist competition

Posted 16 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Sister Mary mightn’t be famous, or a person you're hanging for an autograph from, but she might just be one of the most amazing people you will ever meet.

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War On Waste (WOW) Club

Posted 14 November 2017 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Environment Club at St Joseph’s Albion Park, now called the War on Waste (WOW) Club has been working hard this year to reduce the amount of waste the school is sending to landfill by introducing recycling to the school.

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St Joseph’s Albion Park: Winners at the Illawarra Green Flicks film competition!

Posted 14 November 2017 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

St Joseph's Albion Park are Winners of the 'Schools' Participation Prize' for the Illawarra Green Flicks Film Competition!

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SICS Enrichment Day at Corpus Christi

Posted 12 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

The Southern Illawarra Catholic Schools (SICS) Science Enrichment Day was held at Corpus Christi Catholic High School on Friday, involving 26 students from

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Deadly Encouragement Awards

Posted 6 November 2017 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

The second annual 'Deadly Encouragement Awards' were held on October 19 at Waniora Public School, recognising Indigenous students in the Northern Illawarra region, who consistently apply effort in all areas of their schooling.

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St Paul's Moss Vale Students Sing for a Great Cause at Celebration Sing Out!

Posted 2 November 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Students from St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, joined 800 other choristers from 23 schools, and an 80-piece symphony orchestra, in CELEBRATION SING OUT! at the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday. 

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Corpus Christi's First Musical Production a Great Success!

Posted 27 October 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Corpus Christi Catholic High School performed their first school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Roo Theatre in August. The production featured 40 students from years 7 to 10.

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Ss Peter and Paul Launch Innovation Studio

Posted 27 October 2017 by Catholic Education in News

“The pace of change, supercharged by new and emerging technologies, has never been so great, nor so disruptive.” Australian Innovation Agenda (2015)

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St Columbkille’s Enviro Ninjas

Posted 23 October 2017 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

In September, leading up to the Feast of St Francis, the community of St Columbkille’s celebrated, the Season of Creation.

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St John's Dapto : With Faith, Trust and a Little Bit Of Pixie Dust

Posted 18 October 2017 by Catholic Education in News

What a magical and professional performance from the students at St John's Catholic Primary School Dapto, as they brought to life the musical production of Disney's Peter Pan Jr earlier this month at Roo Theatre ✨✨✨✨✨

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Aboriginal Art Resource – Sacraments Series

Posted 13 October 2017 by Beth Riolo in Yarning Circle

There are connections that can be made with Aboriginal spirituality, celebration and ritual with many symbols associated with Aboriginal ceremonies being similar to those used in the sacramental life and religious rituals of the Catholic Church.

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St Joseph's Host Budding Year 5 STEM Students

Posted 10 October 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Over 350 excited Year 5 students were hosted by St Joseph's Catholic High School last month, for a day of fun and challenging STEM activities.

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CEDoW School Response to Laudato Si' 2016

Posted 27 September 2017 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Our schools have taken up the challenges and considerations from Laudato Si’ and responded in a myriad of ways.

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Posted 27 September 2017 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Ss. Peter and Paul, Kiama had an action packed day full of various activities to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

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St Clare's Narellan Vale Environmental Campaign

Posted 27 September 2017 by Beth Riolo in 'Environment Matters' Blog

The Mini Vinnies busy bees of St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, at Narellan Vale, are uniting to benefit the community and environment.

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Our Young Artists Are Celebrated at the 2017 Christmas Story Art Exhibition

Posted 18 September 2017 by Catholic Education in News

The Stage 3 Christmas Story Art competition and exhibition provides an opportunity for our Diocese of Wollongong students to reflect upon their understanding and interpretation of the Scripture of Advent and Christmas. 

Last Thursday, more than 50 young artists gathered together with family, teachers and other Catholic Education staff, to celebrate the opening of this special event at the Wollongong City Art Gallery.  

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St John’s Dapto take a behind the scenes look at St Vincent de Paul Society.

Posted 11 September 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong and the St Vincent De Paul Society have enjoyed a longstanding relationship, working collaboratively to support the marginalised and socially disadvantaged within our community.

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Dragons Community teaches SPX students about making positive choices

Posted 21 August 2017 by Catholic Education in News

During Term 3, St Pius X Unanderra have been fortunate to have Dragons U20 NYC players from the 'Dragons Community' program, come out to their school to to work with them on building the vital skill of resilience.

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Celebrating our Dedicated Teachers with Teacher Accreditation Recognition Awards

Posted 11 August 2017 by Catholic Education in News

On Wednesday 9 August, Human Resource Services hosted the inaugural Teacher Accreditation Recognition Awards at the Campbelltown Catholic Club, a new initiative under the Diocese’s Rewards and Recognition Program, acknowledging the achievement of our teachers who have gained significant milestones in their teaching careers - Proficient and Lead Teacher Accreditation.

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St Pius X Plays its Part in National Tree Day

Posted 8 August 2017 by David and Maile from St Pius X in 'Environment Matters' Blog

Green thumbs from all over Australia came together to help celebrate Planet Ark’s 22nd National Tree Day 2017, resulting in up to one million natives being planted over 3000 sites.

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​Jordan wins Gold & Silver in Commonwealth Youth Games​

Posted 26 July 2017 by Catholic Education in Sport News

Congratulations to JORDAN DORIS of Year 12 at Mount Carmel Catholic College, for his exceptional performance in representing his country at the ​recent ​Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. 

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Shoalhaven Excellence in Vocational Education and Training Annual Awards

Posted 25 July 2017 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

Congratulations to Year 12 students from St John's Nowra, who took out the 'Student of the Year' award in three categories, as well as Shoalhaven VET Student of the Year, at the annual Shoalhaven Schools Excellence in VET Awards recently.

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The First Sod of Soil is Turned at St Francis K-12 Catholic College Edmondson Park

Posted 22 June 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Students and staff from St Francis Catholic College, together with invited guests, attended a liturgy on the permanent site at Edmondson Park, where the first sod of soil was officially 'turned' last Thursday.

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What is STEM and why is it so important to your child's future?

Posted 20 June 2017 by Catholic Education in News

STEM is a cross-disciplinary approach to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM learning engages students in authentic, real-world learning experiences where they develop the skills to work collaboratively and independently to solve problems.

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Director's Art Gallery

Posted 15 June 2017 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Last week at the Marian Centre Wollongong, we had the pleasure of hosting fourteen talented artists from four primary schools around the Diocese.

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HAPPY WORLD SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF DAY!

Posted 13 June 2017 by Catholic Education in Director's News

Tomorrow, the 14th June 2017 is World School Support Staff Day. Along with our Bishop, I join with you in celebrating the significant contributions of school support staff, each and every day in our school communities.

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Introducing ... the Lighting the Way Faith and Learning Awards

Posted 9 June 2017 by Catholic Education in Director's News

We are pleased to present a fresh and meaningful approach to the way the outstanding achievements and career milestones of our committed and dedicated staff, in schools and in the Catholic Education Office, are celebrated.

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'Male Models' Group for Aboriginal Men Inspires Couple to Give Unique and Beautiful Gift

Posted 5 June 2017 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

CatholicCare, celebrating in partnership with Oolong House Aboriginal Rehabilitation Service, hosted a unique Reconciliation Week event at Nowra Showground yesterday.

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Your Coffee Doesn't Have to Cost the Earth

Posted 5 June 2017 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

On World Environment Day, we invite you to perhaps re-think the way you indulge in your daily coffee ritual and choose a more environmentally friendly option to having your caffeine fix.

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New Principals to the Diocese Warmly Welcomed

Posted 26 May 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Four newly appointed principals in 2017, were warmly welcomed by staff, students and families within their school communities, and by fellow staff across the Diocese at the Education Mass in Catholic Schools Week.

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Bede Ritchie Walks in the Shoes of the Homeless for a Night

Posted 22 May 2017 in News

Each year the St Vincent de Paul Society holds a national event, Vinnies CEO Sleepout, to raise awareness of the growing issue of homelessness.  

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Students pay respects to our ANZACs

Posted 12 May 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Students represented their schools and families at ANZAC ceremonies all over the diocese on Tuesday.  It is wonderful to see so many students with a deep respect and understanding of the importance of respect and acknowledgement for the servicemen and women of our country, and sacrifices of past, present and those yet to come.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Recognises Outstanding Commitment

Posted 12 May 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Mr Chris Whicker, Administration Coordinator at Magdalene Catholic High School, was recently presented with the Duke of Edinburgh Medal of Recognition for his Long Service to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in iconic Australian venues

Posted 12 April 2017 by Catholic Education in News

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival organisers today announced preparations are well underway for the event that will draw 15,000 young people to Sydney from 7-9 December this year.

The festival will be held in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and culminate with a closing mass at the Domain.

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Harmony Day - Everyone Belongs

Posted 31 March 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Students were asked a series of questions based around this year's theme of "Everyone Belongs"

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EARTH HOUR Schools Day - Friday 24 March

Posted 20 March 2017 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

World Earth Hour Day is coming up on Saturday the 25th of March at 8.30pm.  In 2017, schools and the Catholic Education Office are invited to celebrate Earth Hour on Earth Hour Schools Day, Friday 24th March.

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Catholic School Staff Inspired to Display Heart, Character and Passion

Posted 10 March 2017 by Catholic Education in News

“Yura jauiang yulang. Yura budbut. Bindadhan mareiin yabun”.The people will come to ceremony. Giving their hearts. Giving to God sacred time.

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HARMONY DAY

Posted 1 March 2017 by Catholic Education in Yarning Circle

Harmony Day, 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. It is a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common.

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Schools Open Their Doors During Catholic Schools Week Celebrations

Posted 28 February 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Schools from the Diocese of Wollongong joined with Catholic schools across NSW and ACT to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, from 6-12 March 2017.

 

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20th Annual NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Blues Awards

Posted 21 February 2017 by Catholic Education in Sport News

The 20th Annual Blues evening involves the presentation of awards and recognition of the top students in all sports from NSW Catholic Secondary Schools and Colleges.

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Principal Don Spencer Vying For Spot of No 1 Don

Posted 15 February 2017 by Catholic Education in News

Staff and students of Mary Immaculate Primary School in Eagle Vale, have entered their beloved Principal Don Spencer into the DON Smallgoods Dons of Australia competition! 

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Welcome to the New School Year

Posted 9 February 2017 by Peter Turner in Director's News

With the new school year now underway, I write to wish each of you the very best for a rewarding 2017.

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HSC Outstanding Achievers ~ 2016 Higher School Certificate

Posted 18 January 2017 by Catholic Education in News

We are immensely proud of all our students and there are many success stories that we can celebrate. Some of these were achieved in the face of significant adversity. 

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Christmas Message to Staff

Posted 22 December 2016 by Peter Turner in Director's News

As we bring the 2016 year to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the myriad of outstanding things that have happened in our schools throughout the year.

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The 20th Annual CDF Sports Awards

Posted 6 December 2016 by Catholic Education in Sport News

On Friday 18 November the Diocesan Sports Council staged the 20th Annual CDF Sports Awards to recognise the outstanding achievements of students from primary and secondary schools across the Diocese.

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UOW Learning Labs An In2Uni Program Supporting our Gifted Young Learners

Posted 5 December 2016 by Catholic Education in News

In2Uni is an outreach initiative by the University of Wollongong (UOW), which aims to build in students, aspirations and awareness toward higher education, while fostering a culture of lifelong learning and engagement with education. Learning Labs, a school holiday workshop program for gifted and talented students in Years 1-10, targets students performing in the top 10-15% in their area of interest.

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Christmas Story Art Competition 2016 Reveals Students' Creative Talent

Posted 5 December 2016 by Catholic Education in News

Catholic primary school students from across the Diocese have again produced stunning works of art for the annual Christmas Story Art Competition and Exhibition.  

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NSW CATHOLIC COMBINED COLLEGES ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

Posted 14 November 2016 by Catholic Education in Sport News

Some wonderful results from CEDOW students at the recent NSWCCC Championships at Homebush.  Congratulations to all students who represented Mackillop, to all place getters and to the following students for their outstanding performances. 

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Taneesah Cultural Ambassador for Australia after Winning AIA Scholarship

Posted 11 November 2016 by Catholic Education in News

Taneesah was one of three winners Australia-wide to receive the 2016/17 Australia Indonesia Association Scholarship Program. The scholarship involves a two -week homestay program and intensive language course in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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What Matters to Talented Young Writer Maddie?

Posted 11 November 2016 by Catholic Education in News

17 year old student Maddie Mott, from Holy Spirit College Bellambi, has taken out first prize in the Year 11/12 Category of 2016 What Matters writing competition, with her powerful and stirring poem, 'We Matter', that addresses the significant issue of women and gender in today’s society.

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Tyler Wright Not Only a Champion in the Surf

Posted 11 November 2016 by Catholic Education in News

Last Thursday morning, the 13th of October, several bleary eyed teachers and students arrived at St. John the Evangelist Catholic High School a little later than they normally would after watching history in the making. It was not until the wee hours of the morning that twenty-two-year-old former student, Tyler Wright, was crowned as the 2016 World Surf League Women’s World Champion!

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St Pius X Unanderra Caring for Our Common Home

Posted 11 November 2016 by Catholic Education in News

2016 has been a huge year for the community of St Pius X, taking an active role in caring for our common home. Pope Francis’ Laudato Si inspired the students and staff to do more to our already beautiful school environment to ensure that all the wonders of creation are around for future generations. We felt improvements were needed, not only to the appearance of some areas of our school grounds, but in the way we educate others, so they too are empowered with the knowledge that they can make a difference! 

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Congratulations to St Columbkille's Cast and Crew of Olivia!

Posted 14 October 2016 by Catholic Education in News and Events

St Columbkille's School Production of Olivia! this term, was a delightfully inspiring example of how valuable Arts Education is for our young students.

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