Image: Domremy College
As a result of their combined efforts, year 11 and 12 debaters from Domremy College, Five Dock, have placed equal first in being awarded the Senior Aggregate Shield in the Catholic Schools Debating Association Competition. This award recognises depth of talent, skill and ability in a competition that involved Catholic schools from the Sydney Metropolitan Area and its outskirts.
A total of 90 schools took part and the award was given to the team based on the number of wins in the preliminary rounds.
Ms Adla Coure, the girls’ coach and coordinator of the English department, has “enjoyed working with a motivated team who are committed to the competition and working to develop and expand their knowledge.” Ms Coure adds, “it has been particularly satisfying to watch the girls grow and develop as a team and to adopt each of their roles. The girls have embodied everything that is good about the competition, and have shown a real humility by being gracious not only in victory, but also in defeat. They have truly been outstanding ambassadors for our College.”
The Catholic Schools Debating Association has had a long history of success in raising the awareness of public speaking and debating in Catholic schools since 1968. They endeavour to maintain this proud tradition and promote a healthy competitive and social spirit in our young men and women.
Pictured from Left to Right are Ellen Toland, Claire Thomas, Olivia Green, Chiara Gargano, Jane Taylor, Ellese Ferdinands, Suzanne Jamil and Ms Adla Coure.
Image: Students reach out to community
For the last 12 weeks, St Pius’ primary, Enmore’s Religious Education Co-ordinator (REC) Laura Rizzo and fourth and fifth-grade teachers have been taking groups of their students to visit house-bound senior citizens every week.
Resident Alfred Brog looks forward to those visits to break up the monotony.
"I'm very happy," said the 42-year-old, who has been confined to a wheelchair for most of his life.
Alfred and the students share a joke and chat about his life.
“The visit certainly brings a smile to Alfred’s face, while the students realise how fortunate they are,” Ms Rizzo says.
Each week the students share a lovely conversation over afternoon tea, while realising what a difference their visit can make.
"They don't get that much company and we are able to offer them friendship." Ms Rizzo says.
Ms Rizzo and the Parish priest, Fr Martin Monoghan, initiated the visits as part of the Years 4 and 5 social justice group they recently developed
“It’s about the students learning to put into practice the mission of Jesus and reach out in justice and love,” Ms Rizzo said.
The group meets every Thursday afternoon to visits local residents from the parish community who are house-bound.
Photo caption: St Pius’ Enmore students (left to right) Catherine Sison, Logan Martin and Sinead Casey, along with Fr Martin, Mrs Borg and Alfred, seated.
Image: Technology in action
St Pius’ Primary, Enmore Acting Principal, Eva La Rocca, has no illusions about what has made the small school of 167 pupils one of the top contenders in the Australian Primary Principal Association’s (APPA) showcase schools for use of technology in the classroom.
"Its technology in action," she said to the five visiting Principals who recently toured the school from interstate and abroad to see how emerging technologies are being applied to implement new and more innovative approaches to learning.
According to Mrs La Rocca, the school has made ground-breaking changes to integrate technology in the classroom over the last seven years.
“Research, planning and co-operation had contributed to the school's successful program, which has resulted in teachers embracing technology as a tool to implement effective teaching practices to engage students at all levels,” she said.
“Our teachers have been creative with technology, thinking outside the square and using it to engage students in rich learning tasks.”
APPA is made up of 7,169 schools from the Catholic, government and Independent sectors.
Principal members from as far as Darwin and New Zealand travelled to the Sydney Catholic primary to see how students in years 1, 2, 3 and 6 use smart technologies to enhance literacy.
Concerned about the disparities in the integration of technology in schools, APPA initiated the meeting with the Catholic primary to investigate ways ICT is being used innovatively in Primary Schools.
St Pius was one of four model schools visited during the annual APPA conference.
Photo caption: St Pius’ teacher Crystal Ismanto engages her Year 3 students in a Math’s lesson on Co-ordinates using the Smartboard.
Image: All Saints Catholic Girls College Liverpool
Three girls in the kitchen.
Image: All Saints Catholic Girls College, Liverpool
All Saints Catholic Girls College at Liverpool celebrated Catholic Schools week by showcasing learning in action at their Open Day. Over 200 prospective students and their families attended the day along with many of the current students and their families.
The atmosphere was festive as visitors were kept busy with demonstrations from various departments which included Dance, Instrumentals, Choir, Drama, Science, and PDHPE displays. The art, craft and textiles exhibition was a highlight of the day and children and adults alike enjoyed the many hands on experiences such as producing their own artworks and using the Colleges smartboards.
Video: St. Brigid's Coogee celebrates Catholic Schools Week
St Brigid's Coogee began Catholic Schools Week with a liturgy. They also celebrated a big breakfast with the community and an activity day. The week culminated with the annual open day.