New teachers and leaders called to serve
Beginning teachers, new school principals and leaders gathered for a moving celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta as Bishop Vincent Long and Parish Priests blessed and welcomed Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese staff to their new roles.
Aspirations for Western Sydney students drive new Catholic schools leader
With more than 20 years of experience leading some of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations, Executive Director Jack de Groot is excited to begin a new journey with Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CPSD)
2022 Farewell Mr Whitby Mass
On Wednesday the 16th of November, a representative group from OLOL comprising of Ms Byrnes, Mrs Ferguson, Mrs Messina, Mrs Demeterio, Javiar Bou Serhal, Anika Thakur, Amelia Laus, Joshua Jegnathan and Mrs Melissa Laus attended a special Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The Mass celebrated by Bishop Vincent was to mark the significant contribution of Mr Greg Whitby to Catholic education over more than 40 years. This term is Greg’s final term at Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta before his retirement at the end of the year. As a Diocese we took this opportunity to thank Greg for his leadership, contribution, and enthusiasm in promoting Catholic Education.
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 🖤💛❤️
Catholic education champion calls time after 48 years service
Greg Whitby AM KSG will retire as Executive Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta at the end of the 2022 school year. Over more than 40 years service to education, Greg has been a champion of innovation and change in learning and teaching.
Readers are winners
Congratulations to our winners and all who entered the 2021/22 Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge (EDSRC), it has been an incredible competition this year with a large number of entries.
2022 Ms Byrnes 40th School Camp Teddy Adventures
Today we commemorated a very special occasion for our very special Principal- Ms Keiran Byrnes. She is celebrating an amazing milestone which we think would be a diocese record. Ms Byrnes is celebrating her 40th school camp she has attended in all her years of teaching! We gifted Ms Byrnes with a special teddy bear from the Royal Australian Mint for her to keep always in her office. Congratulations Ms Byrnes! You are amazing!
Feedback helps schools improve student outcomes
Since 2018, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has partnered with The Learning Bar on the annual Tell Them From Me (TTFM) online surveys for students, teachers, and parents and carers. Read more...
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...