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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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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 – News From Around The Diocese

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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