2018 Sunny Side Up for Catholic Schools
21 Feb 2018
It is estimated the energy saved as a result of installing solar panels at 10 Catholic Schools in the Parramatta Diocese would result in 45% reduction of electricity consumed, resulting in a saving of $495k per annum
Up to 10 Catholic Schools in the Parramatta Diocese will play a pivotal role in getting schools powered solely by renewable energy and teaching students about sustainability.
The Diocese has engaged corporate energy experts Verdia to conduct detailed site assessments and project scoping at 10 pilot schools in a bid to instal rooftop solar panels and upgrade the LED lighting.
Merrylands, Cerdon College Principal Patricia Baker said they are delighted to have been selected as a pilot school for this project.
"Given the rising cost of electricity in a school's limited budget, Cerdon College hopes to be able to make savings on its power bills while at the same time teaching students significant lessons on ways of reducing electricity consumption, efficient and renewable ways of producing electricity, whilst at the same time encouraging students to understand peak energy consumption times and relative costs of producing electricity," Mrs Baker said.
"The College hopes this program will enhance the existing STEM curriculum within the College and encourage a change in student's ideas regarding electricity usage."
Inspections of all the sites have just been completed. The focus for the inspections was to identify lighting equipment already installed, confirm technical feasibility and assess structural suitability of roofs to install recommended solar photovoltaic systems.
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Infrastructure Program Manager David Cosgrove said the proposal would be to eventually roll the project out to all 80 schools in the Diocese.
"The lighting equipment recommended during our assessment is suitable for replacement of the existing fittings and will improve the school’s learning environment," Mr Cosgrove said.
"This change provides reduction in glare, colour rendering improvement, reduction in electricity consumption.
"In addition, the lighting replacement program will reduce maintenance across all sites."
The schools on the pilot list include:
- Holy Spirit Primary St Clair
- Cerdon College Merrylands
- St Paul’s Catholic College Greystanes
- Chisholm Primary School Bligh Park
- Xavier College Llandilo
- Caroline Chisholm College Glenmore Park
- Catholic Learning Community of Stanhope Gardens
- St Michael’s Primary School Baulkham Hill
- St Patrick’s Marist College Dundas
- Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
31 Mar 2023
Congratulations to the Year 11 Mock Trial students who absolutely dominated and won the first round of Mock Trial against St Patrick’s College Strathfield. The boys fought hard for 4 hours and brought their A game. Miss Spirkoska and Miss Femia were blown away by their efforts. Well done to all involved.
30 Mar 2023
🌿🌊🍃 Last week Year 11 Biology and Investigating Science students visited Hunts Creek and Parramatta Lake to undertake fieldwork as part of their depth studies. The Biology students were investigating human impacts on the environment whilst the Investigating Science students were investigating the water quality of the catchment. Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese
23 Mar 2023
☕️🍶☕️ Year 12 VET Hospitality Food and Beverage students attended the Australian Barista School in Haymarket. They had a fantastic day developing their Barista skills and learning how to create coffee art. They will now receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment bearing the units of competency SITHFAB005 ‘Prepare and serve espresso coffee’ and SITXFSA001 ‘Use hygienic practices for food safety’ which will contribute to their Certificate II in Hospitality and HSC course. We are so proud of their efforts - Well done gentlemen! Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Australian Barista School Sydney - CBD College - RTO No. 91399
21 Mar 2023
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.
16 Mar 2023
👷🏽♂️🧰🦺 The Yr 12 Construction class completed their ‘Concrete Pour Competency Task’ today. Congratulations to all the boys as they did a fantastic job! Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese
15 Mar 2023
Year 9 Visual Arts students like to recycle. Today they painted these great portraits in 1 lesson using discarded wood offcuts from our TAS department that so graciously allowed us to go through their bins and salvage some wood.🖌🎨✍️🖼
02 Mar 2023
As part of their PDHPE studies, year 9 students attended a 'SMASHED production' incursion where students had the opportunity to explore and reflect on vital underage drinking themes, including relationships, consent, health, safety, and career aspirations.
02 Mar 2023
Congratulations to Cooper, Mitchell and Riley who competed at the NSW All Schools Triathlon on Friday. They represented the College in a very proud way. 🏊♂️🏃🏻♂️🚴♂️
01 Mar 2023
Students have been busy composing and rehearsing a graphic percussion score for performance in class next week. 🥁🎼🎹🎸🎺
24 Feb 2023
Is your child in Year 7 or Year 10? Provide your consent for their routine school vaccinations online. In Year 7, students are offered vaccines for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) and human papillomavirus (HPV). In Year 10, students are offered the meningococcal ACWY vaccine. To provide online consent you will need: · The link provided by our school · Your Service NSW log-in details · Medicare card details for you and your child If you or your child do not have a Medicare card, consent can still be provided by requesting a paper-based consent form directly from our school. Need more information? Visit: health.nsw.gov.au/schoolvaccination