Bright future beckons for 2023 HSC graduates
07 Nov 2023
More than 3000 students from Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) are celebrating having completed the 2023 Higher School Certificate (HSC) and their schooling journey giving thanks for the wonderful support of family, friends and teachers and expressing confidence for the future ahead.
The 2023 HSC written exams ran for just over three weeks starting with English on Wednesday October 11 and finishing with Food Technology on Friday November 3.
Along with being excited for the next stage of their lives, students indicated a desire to explore further education and career pathways that will enable them to give back to their communities.
“As a migrant from Syria, I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given, including the multiple early university entries I've received,” said Emilian Jerji from St Pauls Catholic College Greystanes. “I'm planning to study biomedical engineering at UTS and hope to contribute to the wellbeing of others and improve the quality of life for those in need.”
“I've learned a lot during my time at Delany but aside from all the academic things, I've enjoyed learning about the value in giving back to the community, caring for all those who need compassion,” added Claressa Bechara, Year 12 student at Delany College Granville who plans to go to university to study Architecture.
A consistent message from CSPD teachers and educators to the Class of 2023 was to remind them that end-of-school exams are just one step in a student's lifelong learning journey and that it is essential to remain open to a wide range of educational and career opportunities.
While many Year 12 students admitted to experiencing plenty of nerves during the exam period, they acknowledged the support of family, friends and their schools to help them perform their best.
“The HSC wasn’t at all how I expected it to be,” said Claressa. “I realised it is a reflection of my best ability, which is all that mattered to me.”
Students also shared how the Catholic values they developed at school helped them not only through the exam period but will guide their lives in the future.
“I didn't find the HSC as stressful as some might expect,” said Emilian. “I had a rosary with me during the exams and that helped give me a sense of peace and purpose, understanding that this is just one part of my life's journey.”
“Our Delany school motto is Love, Serve and Hope,” said Claressa. “If I've learned anything through my time at school, it's that I'm always going to try to be kind and respectful towards people I meet and create an environment for growth and openness.”
“They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I feel like our St John XXIII Catholic College community raised me,” said student Ethan Zammit. “From being very young and seeing my mum teach Studies of Religion classes, to joining the youth group, to assisting my peers at school and parish events. I feel like the community as a whole has given me opportunities to grow and develop and has given me immense confidence for the future ahead.”
“Learning about our Catholic values at school has helped me so much in my life,” said Charlee Rose Murtough Coombs from Emmaus Catholic College Kemps Creek. “I’ve learned to be more understanding and more compassionate and to develop great morals that will surely help me throughout my life.”
Charlee Rose plans to spend some quality time with friends and family and continue playing gigs with her band before exploring pathways in event planning or journalism.
Students also expressed their immense gratitude to their teachers for helping them throughout their years at school with some even inspired to go into teaching themselves.
“Long term, I can see myself ending up on the other side of the table, as a teacher,” said Ethan. “I believe in the potential of young people and the power of responsibility and I hope to have a similar impact on other students as I've experienced from my teachers, trainers, and colleagues throughout the years.”
With optimism and hope for the future ahead, these bright, young students credit their Catholic schooling as having prepared them to face the challenges of the world with compassion, integrity, and a strong sense of purpose.
30 Nov 2023
Well done to the top 25 students who collected the most house points this year. A well deserved morning at Zone Bowling. Also a further congratulations to Bennelong who won the 2023 House Cup 🎳🏅
29 Nov 2023
The Year 10 SRE (Special Religious Education) program for 2024 ends [today] with a Christmas celebration at Beresford Road Public School. All SRE teachers at the primary school enjoyed a well-deserved party after a year of fortnightly catechesis sessions. We are so grateful to Patricia and Tricia for their selfless support of this program here at Greystanes.
27 Nov 2023
Over the weekend of November 25th and 26th, six Year 10 students represented St Pauls and NSW at the Australian International Model Solar Challenge in Hobart. For the challenge, the team had to construct a model solar car, create a short video where they showed the building and design process for their car and complete an engineering questionnaire. The weather on Saturday was constant rain and very low light levels but solar cars will run in low light levels - they just go slower when this happens. The team won one race and lost one on Saturday. Sunday saw the easing of the rain but now the winds were the issues. The team won two races and lost two races. They were knocked out before the quarter finals. The team were outstanding ambassadors for the College on both days. We are still awaiting the results from the videos and the engineering questionnaire. A huge thanks to Miss Hutchins and Mr Sciberras for travelling to Hobart with the team. Thanks to Mrs Thewlis, Mrs Moujaes and Mr Lavery who came to support the team over the weekend. Thanks to Mrs McCann and Tracey from Personalising Shop Wetherill Park for organising our team shirts.
24 Nov 2023
Today, 6 Year 10 students along with Mr Sciberras and Miss Hutchins are off to Hobart to represent St Paul’s and NSW in Australian International Model Solar Challenge. St Paul’s was granted a wild card entry after SunSprint at UNSW on October 21st. The boys rebuilt a car and made a video in the last three weeks. We wish the boys the best of luck.
22 Nov 2023
Congratulations to Joshua Abdilla and Orlando Lonie whose Body of Work has been selected to be included in ARTEXPRESS, as part of the 2023 HSC Showcase season. From the 8660 students who submitted Bodies of Work in 2023, only a small percentage of student artworks were nominated for consideration. A minute percentage of these were then selected to be shown in Artexpress. Both Joshua and Orlando were successful in making it through to inclusion in Artexpress. This is a brilliant achievement for both Josh and Orlando. Their work will be exhibited at Tamworth Regional Gallery, Ngununggula, Southern Highlands Regional Gallery , Cowra Regional Art Gallery and Virtual Exhibition VX in 2024. Congratulations again to Justin whose work was also nominated and the entire Visual Arts Class at St Pauls Catholic College who worked very hard throughout the year which was reflected in their final submissions. Well done!! 🎨🧑🏼🎨🖼️
21 Nov 2023
As part of their PDHPE unit of work titled 'The Risky Side', Year 8 spent the day at the Beach, engaging in activities on how to keep themselves safe when hitting the Australian surf. The Boys braved the cold, rainy conditions and took the opportunity to learn new skills that will assist in an emergency at the beach. 🏖️ 🏊♂️⛱️
10 Nov 2023
St Paul’s outreach program to the Philippines (Sharing our “gifts”) St Paul’s Catholic College shares our gifts to others by donating second hand books to Cabarrus Catholic College and Binulig Elementary School located in Sipalay, Negros Occidental, Philippines. This is the 2nd year that we have shipped boxes of used books to Cabarrus Catholic College. With support from our REC, Faaae Uape, our students Luke Falzon and Kristian McCann helped pack the boxes for shipment overseas. We thank Forex Cargo for the discounted rates they give us every year for this worthy cause. The Dean of Cabarrus Catholic Collegel, Dean Reynato Divinagracia said that they welcome our books gladly as “it has rekindled the love for reading” amongst their students. They are very grateful and appreciative of the “treasure” that we share with them! 📚📖📚📖
09 Nov 2023
We are thrilled to announce that three of our Visual Arts students have earned Art express nominations for their outstanding Body of Works. Nominated works are those that have been identified as excellent examples of student investigations of artmaking practice. We congratulate Joshua Abdilla, Justin Nguyen and Orlando Lonie on their remarkable achievement. 🎨🧑🏼🎨
08 Nov 2023
Thousands of young Western Sydney students have declared a resounding ‘YES’ to ensuring a sustainable Australia for all after a successful three-day Youth Eco Summit at Sydney Olympic Park.