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.”
06 Jun 2023
From FacebookA message for any of the Stage Three boys attending the Soccer Gala Day tomorrow.
06 Jun 2023
From FacebookWe are getting ready for the Primary Athletics Carnival. Let the cheering begin. 📣
06 Jun 2023
A message for any of the Stage Three boys attending the Soccer Gala Day tomorrow.
06 Jun 2023
We are getting ready for the Primary Athletics Carnival. Let the cheering begin. 📣
06 Jun 2023
Yesterday we had the opportunity to obsever some Aboriginal cultural experiences. Due to the rain we were unable to paint our story poles but each grade had some time with Graham to design the story poles, respecting the Aboriginal culture. We are very excited to show you the finished product in the coming weeks.
05 Jun 2023
Congratulations to our St Paul and Student of the Week award recipients for Week 6 Term 2! 👏🏼
04 Jun 2023
Congratulations to our children who received their first Holy communion tonight. Thank you Fr Abraham for supporting our children during the celebration.
03 Jun 2023
Congratulations on your First Holy Communion, St Paul the Apostle students & community - Saturday evening. May the Lord bless you & keep you safe.
03 Jun 2023
On Friday, some of our Year 6 students participated in the first round of the Hills Cluster Debating Competition. Our affirmative and negative teams delivered engaging and convincing debates, both coming away with the win. The rest of Year 6 were fantastic audience members, showing respect to the debaters by listening attentively. Well done to all involved 👏🏼
03 Jun 2023
We wish our Year 4 students God’s blessings as they prepare to receive their First Holy Communion this weekend.
27 May 2023
Friday Book Buddy session ✍️ Yesterday, Year Five and Year One spent some time together completing a colouring activity. The worksheet today was very significant as it included words that are associated with National Sorry Day. Before Year Five met with their Book Buddies, they discussed what this day meant. The children acknowledged the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced great hardship as a result of the Stolen Generation. This day marks the start of Reconciliation Week, where we can continue to assist with the healing of our Indigenous people by sharing their history and culture with the current generation.
25 May 2023
Year 6 have got our seats and eagerly waiting for the Writers festival to start.
24 May 2023
Today the students participated in National Simultaneous Storytime. Students and teachers all read the same book ‘The Speedy Sloth’ by Rebecca Young & Heath McKenzie. The focus for NSS is to foster a sense of enjoyment and excitement around reading.
24 May 2023
Well done to everyone who participated in the Soccer Gala Day today! All girls displayed great teamwork and represented St Paul’s proudly. A massive thank you to Miss Rudd and Miss Lezon for making sure the day ran smoothly, the parents who kindly volunteered to coach the teams and all of the parents and family members who supported the children throughout the day.