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2022 OLOL Totem Project

Over the past few weeks OLOL has been busy desigining and creating our school Totem Project. A totem is a natural object, plant or animal that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have connection to. Each individual can have several totems that represent different levels of kinship and connection. Each school in the Parramatta Diocese is to create something to represent our Totem object. With the help of Father Henry, we chose the Willy Wagtail bird as our school Totem as we see them in our playground and they have some blue feathers on their chest- our school colour. Our SRC students have been busy researching with Mrs Messina the Willy Wagtail and other symbols to represent out school. They are sharing this information in a Slideshow over the next few weeks at assembly. We are very proud to share our totem paintings on Canvas- showcasing 7 hills and in each hill a symbol: Our Lady of Lourdes, Our School, Our Parish, Mary Our Mother, a symbol for Students, the Willy Wagtail and a symbol for community. Every student in the school helped Mrs Willemse paint the Totem Project, by adding a fingerprint dot. We are thrilled with how it's turned out and are looking forward to seeing it be presented as part of the Catholic Schools NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander State Education Conference in October 🖤💛❤️

Reconciliation ‘More than a Word’ for Catholic schools

Truth-telling was the focus when Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta representatives were Welcomed to Dharug Country during Reconciliation Week. The powerful event held on the site of the Blacktown Native Institute in Oakhurst will have a lasting impact as Catholic schools in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains put Reconciliation into action in 2021. Read more...

2021 Stage 2 The Rocks Excursion

On Monday the 26th of April, year 3 and year 4 went on an excursion to The Rocks in the city. We got there by two buses, and we got to drive over the Harbour Bridge. When we got there we first dressed up as the captain, free settlers, convicts and soldiers.Then year 3 and year 4 got split into three groups. We got shown a police station and a cafe but in 1788 it was a hospital. We heard ghost stories about Susan and Old Man Jeff. There were lots of old houses and new houses. We discovered that, when convicts came, they built houses and wrote their initials on the sandstones. We had our lunch in front of the harbour. After that we had the olympics and a trivia game mixed together! After that we drew an amazing drawing of the harbour in the past and the present. We really enjoyed it, and learned lots more facts for our history unit.

CEDP Leaders rise to challenge ahead

In the final days of the summer holidays, more than 500 leaders from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) schools gathered virtually to prepare for the 2021 school year. Read more...

Schools celebrate NAIDOC Week

This week, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools will celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Rescheduled due to COVID-19, NAIDOC Week events include smoking ceremonies, an all-schools dance lesson streamed through Youtube and the virtual Murama Indigenous Youth Summit. Read more...

Reconciliation Week 2020: A Commitment Statement for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

As a community of Catholic schools in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, we stand alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our First Nation People. Read more...

School leaders embrace diversity and inclusion for 2019!

As students across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains continued their preparations for the beginning of the 2019 school year this week, more than 500 Principals and Leaders of Learning gathered at Rosehill Racecourse for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s (CEDP) annual System Leaders’ Day. Read more...