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  • It is not all about STEM

    Weekly Column from the Executive Director of Schools, Diocese of Parramatta Last month, NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes suggested schools needed to avoid the over-promotion of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) above other areas, cautioning against following education ‘fads’. The comments were controversial because they were at...
  • Good Shepherd Sunday

    Good Shepherd Sunday will be celebrated in Catholic parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains this Sunday, 22 April. The Catholic Church invites you to pray for those you might know whom God may be calling to a priestly vocation and would benefit from your prayers. A message from Fr John...
  • Selective schools a ‘ruse’

    Opinion Piece from the Executive Director of Schools, Diocese of Parramatta Getting into a selective school is a bit like elite tennis in some Sydney circles: high pressure, worked-up parents, early starts, frequent practice sessions, expensive coaching regimes. Education was never intended to be a competitive individual sport; at...
  • Kenthurst family left homeless after Easter fire

    Please help the Zendehdel family rebuild their lives, and home, by donating today. On 30 March, the Zendehdel family came home to find their family home was on fire and everything they owned had been destroyed. Not only has the Zendehdel family lost many memories and family belongings of...
  • The two sides of social media

    Weekly Column from the Executive Director of Schools, Diocese of Parramatta These days it is rare to find a teenager who doesn’t have at least one social media account. It is usually more than one. Clearly, social media is no fad. We are only at the beginning of what...
  • Bishop Vincent Long’s Diary

    Sunday 8th April 2018 at 10:00am Celebrates Pontifical Mass of the Second Sunday of Easter at St Luke’s College, Marsden Park. Sunday 8th April 2018 at 3:00pm Celebrates Pontifical Mass of the Second Sunday of Easter with the Divine Mercy Procession at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Kellyville....
  • Discipline and punishment are not the same thing

    Weekly Column from the Executive Director of Schools, Diocese of Parramatta In 1998, Tom Herner, an academic working in the area of supporting students with challenging behaviours, wrote this: “If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach; if a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach;...
  • News & Events Weekly Update

    News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond   Diocese of Parramatta News   Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Lecture Series Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) has engaged Dr Laurie Woods to present on the Gospel of Mark. Venue: IFM, Marion St, Blacktown. Time: 10 am – 2pm. Dates: Friday...
  • Parents are key partners

    Weekly Column from the Executive Director of Schools, Diocese of Parramatta Schools strive to deliver the best outcomes for students. However, schools sometimes miss a golden opportunity to do even more for their students when they fail to engage parents as partners in education. We know that parent engagement...
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