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Bishop Vincent Long installed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta

Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains warmly welcomed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta on the evening of Thursday 16 June 2016 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

Schools launch Cyberwise campaign

Launched on 15 June, Cyberwise is a learning and teaching resource for students, teachers and parents to encourage cybersafety in schools.

Cyberwise awareness for Primary students

Cyberwise awareness for Primary students.

Cyberwise - The making of

Four students from St Mark's Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens​ share their experiences in making the Cyberwise video.

Countdown to World Youth Day 2016

Final preparations are underway in the Diocese of Parramatta as more than 290 pilgrims get set to embark on their journey to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day (WYD).

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

On 5 May 2016 His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta.

CAPTIVATE Showcase tickets on sale

The annual CAPTIVATE Showcase Season runs from 16-27 June. Tickets are on sale now.

2016 Federal Election message

2016 Federal Election message from the Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.

Moya McGuiness retires after 48 years with Catholic Education

After 48 years in Catholic Education Principal of Sacred Heart Primary, Mount Druitt Moya McGuiness has decided to retire. With over 150 years of teaching experience between Moya, her husband and their two daughters we caught up with them to have a chat about Moya as a mother, wife and educator.

Acknowledgement to our Principal

Ed Husic acknowledges Moya McGuinness' contribution and inspiration to the community

Schools get into the spirit for Catholic Schools Week

From 6-12 March 2016 Catholic Schools in NSW and ACT celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity for Catholic schools to open their doors to showcase learning and teaching at its best with a range of activities and events planned for students and parents during the week.

Are you the leader of our next generation school?

St Luke’s Catholic College* will be opening at Marsden Park in 2017 and we are looking for a dynamic Principal leader to establish a high performing Catholic learning community from pre to post school.

Catholic Schools Week 2016

I belong. You belong. We belong.

Everything’s Connected at 2016 System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 21 January 2016 for the annual system leadership day, prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Teacher Accreditation and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)

The teacher accreditation landscape is changing as the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) continues to work on implementing the Teacher Accreditation Act.

More Reading Recovery teachers for our students

On Thursday 3 December 2015, the Reading Recovery Graduation ceremony was held at St Francis of Assisi Primary, Glendenning.

Class Teachers for 2016

Class Teachers for 2016

Principal's Award Assembly

2015 Principal Award recipients and 2016 School Leaders announced.

Leading for Success at Principals’ Masterclass

The annual Principals’ Masterclass was held on 8 and 9 October 2015, at Rooty Hill RSL, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

Reading Recovery teachers focus on improving students’ oral language

Reading Recovery teachers recently took part in a professional learning day.

Stage 3 Girls Soccer Gala Day

Stage 3 Girls participate in a Soccer Gala Day at Penrith

Diocesan Cross Country

Sacred Heart students participate in the Annual Diocesan Cross Country at Eastern Creek.

Kindergarten Cake Day Fundraiser

Cake Day Fundraiser for Technology at Sacred Heart

Stage 3 Boys Soccer Gala Day

Stage 3 Boys participate in a Soccer Gala Day at Penrith

Stop Work Action Suspended

The Stop Work Action for next Tuesday 28 April has been suspended. School will be on as normal.

Catholic Schools Week Video Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to all entrants of the 2015 Catholic Schools Week NSW/ACT Video Competition - ‘What will your Catholic school of tomorrow look like?’. We are delighted to announce the winners in each division for this year’s competition.

Commitment to Catholic school funding sought for the State election

In the lead up to the NSW election on 28 March, the Diocese of Parramatta continues to meet with both Labor and Coalition MPs and candidates to ensure that funding of Catholic schooling, particularly in Western Sydney, is a key commitment for the next State Government.

Panthers Rugby League Visit

Penrith Panthers Rugby League visit Sacred Heart School as part of the NRL's Community Carnival

Catholic Schools Week celebrations

Catholic Schools Week is a celebration that brings together Catholic school communities across New South Wales, held 8-14 March 2015.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge - winners announced!

The Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge has had another successful year with over 620 students reading 10,000 books over the school holidays – that’s a new competition record!

Catholic schools called to renew and adapt at annual System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 22 January for the annual system leadership day prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Every year, the Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, invites students all over the Diocese of Parramatta to participate in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Best practice focus leads to improved Naplan results

For the seventh consecutive year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (Naplan) in May. Results released in September identified many areas of improvement for students in the Diocese of Parramatta

Farewell with faith, hope and love

The Mass of Thanksgiving to God on the Occasion of the Farewell of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop-elect of Sydney and Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta, was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta on Wednesday 5 November.

World Teachers Day Selfie Competition Winner!

Hundreds of students across the Diocese of Parramatta have honoured their teachers in celebration of World Teachers Day by taking a selfie with their favourite teacher.

Year 1 Cake Day

Year 1 Fundraiser

Kindergarten Transition

Kindergarten Transition begins for 2015 cohort.

Dance Fever

K-6 students begin Dance Fever at Sacred Heart.

Footy Colours Day

Sacred Heart Primary School celebrates Footy Colours Day and raises over $400.

Going Deeper at Principals Masterclass

The annual Prinicipals Masterclass was held on 13 and 14 August at the Rooty Hill RSL Club, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

Annual Father's Day Stall

The Father's Day Stall was a huge success!

NAPLAN Results

2014 NAPLAN Results are fantastic!

Literacy Lessons improving student learning outcomes

Students are receiving more one-to-one instruction in literacy and comprehension thanks to a new Literacy Lessons (L2) program being trialled in 8 primary schools across the diocese.

School staff encouraged to have a cuppa for students in need

In Term 3, school staff are invited to have a cuppa and donate to the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund appeal.

Mary MacKillop Feast Day celebrations

Events were held across the diocese of Parramatta on Friday 8 August in honour of the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Captivate showcases talented students

Hundreds of students from 35 primary and secondary Catholic schools from across the Diocese showcased their creative talents in a series of music, dance and strings performances throughout June, culminating in the ‘Best Of’ performance on 23 June.

Stage 2 Soccer Team

Stage 2 boys attend a Soccer Gala Day.

McDonald's Lunch Fundraiser

McDonald's Fundraiser a huge success.

Terra Sancta College renamed to honour St John Paul II

To commemorate the Canonisation of Pope John Paul II and his connection to the Diocese of Parramatta, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, has announced that Terra Sancta College will be renamed St John Paul II Catholic College, Nirimba and Schofields from the commencement of Term 3 this year.

Year 6 Canberra Excursion

Year 6 visit Canberra

Term 3 begins for the 2014 school year

Term 3 begins for the 2014 school year

End of Term 2 for the 2014 school year

End of Term 2 for the 2014 school year

New enterprise Agreement for 2015 proposed for school staff

The proposed new Enterprise Agreement was sent to all Catholic school staff and the Independent Education Union (IEU) today, Monday 7 April to begin a process of consultation to consolidate a number of existing agreements into a single state-wide agreement which supports high quality contemporary teaching and learning.

RE Review: Faith in the future of Catholic schooling

The findings and recommendations of the Review of Religious Education for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta were presented to a forum of over 200 parish priests, principals and Religious Education coordinators on 5 June at Rosehill Gardens.

Kindergarten Assembly

Kindergarten will present Week 7's Assembly.

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Public Holiday Notice - School Closed - Monday 9th June, 2014

Year 5 and 6 Mass

Stage 3 Mass will be held on Friday 13 June, 2014 at 9:30am.

Year 1 Assembly

Year 1 will present their assembly item for Term 2.

Federal Budget 2014-15 No certainty on funding or direction

The Federal Government’s priority to cut the budget deficit will significantly reduce school funding in real terms and create greater uncertainty for schools says Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby

Executive Director calls for collaboration in proposed Enterprise Agreement

A report in a Sydney newspaper saying Catholic school teachers are considering strike action over a proposed Enterprise Agreement from Catholic employers is premature and does not do justice to the consultation process says Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby.

Catholic schools supporting faith@work

Throughout May, Catholic schools across the Diocese of Parramatta will be taking part in the Diocesan Works Fund (DWF) Appeal faith@work.

Congratulations to winners of the Executive Director s Summer Reading Challenge

Students from the Diocese of Parramatta have excelled in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge with over 8,000 books read during the summer. Over 500 students from Catholic schools across the Diocese of Parramatta entered the competition this year.

Term 2 begins

Term 2 begins for the 2014 School Year.

Winter Uniform

As we begin Term 2, children can begin to wear their winter uniform.

Kinder Enrolment for 2015

Enrolments are now being taken for Kindergarten 2015.

Easter Celebrations

Easter Celebrations to be held on Thursday 10 April 2014.

Congratulations to all our schools who entered the Catholic schools week video competition

Over 70% of schools in the Diocese of Parramatta submitted entries in the Catholic Schools Week Video Competition 'what makes our Catholic Schools great?'

Teacher learning community focuses on sustainability

Catholic school teachers and leaders from the Diocese of Parramatta, schools outside the diocese, and the NSW Department of Education met at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre on Wednesday 19 March to form a professional learning community (PLC) for sustainability.