New teachers and leaders called to serve
21 Mar 2023
New staff from Emmaus Catholic College Kemps Creek meet Bishop Vincent Long after the 2023 Commissioning Mass.
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.
The annual Commissioning ceremony is a special occasion for staff as we acknowledge and celebrate the important work of educating young people in the Diocese of Parramatta.
In a stirring homily, Bishop Vincent called for a new paradigm of Catholic life and education that is ‘equitable, sustainable, harmonious’ and shared with and for all.
“I believe that as educators, we have the opportunity to form a new generation that values the common good more than individual success,” Bishop Vincent said. “Just as the Pope calls for a new politics of inclusion in the light of the systemic inequalities in the world, we also need an education that forms young people into men and women of deep empathy, solidarity, communion as opposed to individualism and self-interest which is so rampant in our society.”
“I am grateful for your ‘Yes’ to the call of service to the young people in our learning communities across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains,” he said.
This year, the new Executive Director of Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Jack de Groot was commissioned alongside 5 new school principals and 190 new teachers at our schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
“It was wonderful to share this special occasion with so many colleagues starting out on their journey with Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese, just like me,” Jack said. “I especially enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm our new teachers bring to their work, and to making the difference in our students’ lives.”
Gerard Giesekam, who commenced in 2022 in the role of Director Finance and Infrastructure for Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese, was also commissioned.
Our Lady of the Nativity Primary Lawson Principal Matthew Bond was one of the new school principals commissioned at the Mass. He said he was proud to take on the responsibility that comes with Catholic leadership.
“It is a responsibility to serve the community that you are a part of,” said Matthew. “To be compassionate, kind and a continual learner.”
Having wanted to be a teacher from a young age, Matthew credits former St Michael’s Primary Baulkham Hills Principal, Dr Jennifer Fraser for encouraging him to explore leadership opportunities.
“The trust I was given and the future responsibilities given to me by Dr Fraser gave me the confidence and capacity to take on greater leadership opportunities and focus on what is important in schools: students and their learning,” he said.
Laura Obilinovic is starting out her career teaching Year 1 at St Michael’s Baulkham Hills. She developed her interest in teaching after years of coaching basketball and watching young people grow in understanding and confidence as a result.
“I hope to be able to develop that same love of learning in my students so that they finish the year with the confidence to go out and find information for themselves,” Laura said. “I would like to create a classroom that allows for all kinds of learners so that they enjoy the work they are doing and are able to achieve their personal goals.”
Isabella Sabbouh from St Patrick’s Primary Guildford is enjoying the start of her teaching career in the Year 4 classroom. She said the connections she has already made with students and staff feels like family. “Each day I get to work with inquisitive young minds, eager to learn and share their ideas with me and it makes me feel as though I have a second home,” Isabella said. “I love to be influential in students’ lives, inspiring and motivating them to achieve their potential. I especially love working at St Patrick’s because the staff have been exceptionally helpful and caring.”
At St Agnes Catholic High School Rooty Hill, new teachers Merna Oraha and Yasemin Kurt are undertaking their first year of teaching as part of the conditional accreditation program that allows them to continue studying while gaining valuable experience in the classroom.
Teaching History and Geography, Merna said she is passionate about ensuring students get a quality education.
“I’ve always had a passion for education because there is just so much potential for students through their learning,” said Merna. “I wanted to be a part of making a difference for students.”
For Yasemin, who completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Science, teaching is an opportunity to share her love of science with Years 7 and 10 students.
“It’s so great to teach something that I am passionate about and amaze them with new concepts,” said Yasemin. “Watching students develop their love for science is something I would love to see.”
01 Mar 2024
The annual swimming carnival is currently being set up as we wait for the arrival of students. We are fueled up and ready for a great day! Thanks to Coles Entrada at North Parramatta for the kind donations. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #coles #colesentrada #rutheveriss #auburnswimming
29 Feb 2024
Is it the Mona Lisa? Is it a Picasso? No! It's a St Paul students’ HSC artwork on display at Tamworth Regional Gallery that has captured the attention of the public. 🧑🎨 🖼 Orlando’s work was selected as a part of the ARTEXPRESS exhibition, where curators from hosting galleries around NSW select exemplary bodies of work from the 2023 Visual Arts HSC. A fantastic result. Well done. 👏 👏 👏 Link https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2024/02/25/art-express-opens-in-tamworth/ #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #artexpress #2023hsc #visualart
28 Feb 2024
Students meet weekly to participate in strategy game play by engaging in the card game; Magic The Gathering (MTG). This allows for the practical application of numeracy and communication skills, and of course some fun. The session today was lead by our Year 12 students, Adam and Skyler who were happy to share their expertise. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation
23 Feb 2024
The Year 12 Legal Studies students attended the Sydney Jewish Museum today as part of their HSC Core Topic ‘Human Rights’. With a tour of the museum and HSC workshop, the students were also able to hear about some real life experiences from Lucy, a Holocaust survivor. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #legalstudies #hsc
22 Feb 2024
📣📣 Upcoming Events 📣📣 The term is flying by. Here is a look at what’s on at SPCC in Weeks 5 & 6. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation
22 Feb 2024
School leaders from across Sydney have shared their hopes for 2024, from vying for class dux to aspiring heart surgeons and talented athletes. Meet the new year’s young legends.
22 Feb 2024
🚗 🚙 Free workshops for parents who supervise learner drivers 🚙 🚗 Wednesday 6 March 2024 from 6pm to 7:30pm Where: Online via Microsoft Teams Bookings: To book, email the Cumberland Council Road Safety Officer: email@example.com These workshops are supported by Roads & Maritime Services and cover: * What is involved in being a supervising driver * How the NSW graduated licensing scheme works * How to complete the learner drivers log book * Low risk driving * The use of licensed driving instructors * Practical tips for teaching and supervising a learner driver with up-to-date information on the requirements for Learner Drivers * Questions and answers
21 Feb 2024
Year 7 Visual Arts students have hit the ground running after returning from camp. They are learning how to create tone and applying it to a drawing of a human eye. Could our featured artist be the next DaVinci? Watch this space! #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #artstudent #visualart
20 Feb 2024
As part of their unit of work ‘Factors Affecting Performance’, Year 12 PDHPE attended an excursion at the Australian College of Physical Education. The purpose of the excursion was to broaden student understanding of the physiological and psychological responses to exercise and performance, through practical based components utilising sporting technology. The boys had a great day and are now ready to return to the classroom and apply what they have learnt. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #acpe #year12pdhpe
20 Feb 2024
Congratulations to Year 12 student, John Antoun who is the well deserved recipient of a UNSW scholarship for a Bachelor of Law. With over 1000 applicants across the state, John's hard work and dedication to his studies has awarded him this fantastic opportunity. The scholarship not only provides substantial financial assistance, but secures John an internship at a law firm of his choosing. A superb achievement. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #unsw #bacheloroflaw #bacheloroflawstudent
19 Feb 2024
A reminder that tonight is the Year 11 HSC information night. 👨🎓 ✍️ ℹ️ We look forward to seeing students and their parents for this important event. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation
15 Feb 2024
Yesterday, St. Pauls hosted Ash Wednesday ceremonies. The community gathered for reflective observances, marking the start of the sacred season of Lent. Even though Year Seven were away on Camp, they still marked the start of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Thanks to Fr Jack who made the trip to Camp to lead our liturgy. #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #OurLadyQueenofPeace #ourladyqueenofpeacechurch #greystanescatholiccommunity
15 Feb 2024
Day 2 of Year 7 camp has been a hit with all; students, peer support and even the staff! The sun wasn’t shining but that didn’t dull the day. The boys continued to go above and beyond. They challenged their limits, demonstrating excellent resilience and teamwork as they faced various activities, including the high ropes and abseiling. I’m sure there will be lots of stories upon their return tomorrow. 😁 #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #thegreataussiebushcamp #year7camp
15 Feb 2024
Father Paul blessed our Year 12 Student Leaders who played a pivotal role in Ash Wednesday events across the Greystanes Catholic community. Their active participation added a meaningful touch to the solemn ceremonies, fostering a sense of unity and devotion as the community embarked on the reflective journey of Lent. 🙏 #stpaulsgreystanes #catholicschoolsparramattadiocese #greystanes #stpaulscatholiccollege #catholiceducation #OurLadyQueenofPeace #ourladyqueenofpeacechurch #greystanescatholiccommunity