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CEDoW Secondary Students Excel in 2021 VET Awards

Posted 19 November 2021 by Catholic Education in VET News & Events

A number of secondary students in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Wollongong, enrolled in Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as part of their HSC, have been recognised for their hard work and commitment to their chosen framework of studies and workplace training. The various awards held throughout the year, showcased the many talented students from Catholic, Independent and Government schools across the state.

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St John’s Nowra student named 2021 YETI Australian Junior Surf Champion

Posted 15 November 2021 by Catholic Education in News

St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra Year 10 student, Keira Buckpitt has taken out a top honour in the 2021 YETI Australian Junior Online Surf Championships, an invitation-only event that hosted 180 of Australia's top junior surfers in a head to head competition.  

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Young athletes shine at Diocesan Sports Awards 2021

Posted 14 November 2021 by Catholic Education in Sport News

Young athletes saw how far the representative sport pathways offered by Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) and an unwavering attitude could take them when former students and Olympians, Kieran Woolley and Blake Glovers spoke at the 24th Annual CDF Diocesan Sports Awards, held virtually last Friday 12 November. 

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National Recycling Week at Edmondson Park

Posted 9 November 2021 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog

National Recycling Week, established by Planet Ark in 1996, is held every year during the second week of November (8th to 14th of November 2021). This year is the celebration of its 25th anniversary with the theme of:

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HSC student awarded $150,000 scholarship to ACU

Posted 9 November 2021 by Catholic Education in News

Eilish Norwood has definitely finished her secondary schooling on a high. The talented, hardworking Year 12 student from St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra, was recently awarded a $150,000 Ramsay Scholarship from the Australian Catholic University (ACU), to study a Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws.

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A Note of Hope, written to our Year 12 students

Posted 8 November 2021 by Catholic Education in Director's News

For the past two years, you've been dealing with all the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and as you approach your final weeks of school you can look back at a time that no other Year 12 has ever experienced or had to navigate.

You’ve dealt with disruption, uncertainty, and anxiety and as a result of this event, you will be more resilient in the face of adversity. In these final weeks of school remember to breathe. Take one day at a time and focus on one thing at a time and don’t get too far ahead of yourself. Take your time to enjoy these final weeks of school life and enjoy the journey rather than focusing on the destination.

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World Teachers’ Day

Posted 27 October 2021 by Catholic Education in Director's News

World Teachers’ Day, celebrated in NSW on 29 October 2021, is an opportunity to recognise all of the dedicated teachers and staff who serve the schools of our diocese. 

This year’s celebration coincides with the commemoration of 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. The themes for both events (‘Faith in the Future’ and #BrightFuture) inspire us to look beyond the here and now to the months and years ahead. From my perspective, it is easy to do this with great confidence because of you. 

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Coming soon – 24th Annual CDF Sports Awards

Posted 26 October 2021 by Catholic Education in Sport News

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

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

Posted 25 October 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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Students Speak 4 the Planet

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

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

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Former CEDoW Director of Schools honoured with prestigious education award

Posted 12 October 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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Season of Creation and the Laudato Si' Action Platform

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

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

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Student online learning guaranteed through innovative solution

Posted 6 October 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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

Posted 30 September 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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Australian Catholics Media Internship Shines Light on Student Voice

Posted 14 September 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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Praying and Caring for Creation

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

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

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

Posted 6 August 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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CatholicCare offer mental health support through Mindfulness webinars

Posted 2 August 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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War On Waste at Bowral!

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

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

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

Posted 16 July 2021 by Catholic Education in News

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

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