2021 Inaugural Alumni Award recipient
20 Jun 2021
There is no greater honour than to receive an award in the name of our Patron, John Bede Polding. For the first time, in our 35 Year history, the College will inaugurate such an award to a member of our distinguished alumni. Indeed, the thousands of young men and women who have passed through these halls have gone into our world and made a demonstrable difference.
The award honours and celebrates the exceptional achievements of a Bede Polding College alumni. It recognises a person who exemplifies the qualities of John Bede Polding, who is an inspiration to others. The recipient has made a significant contribution to the community or society and one who has reached a high level of accomplishment in his or her field.
Our inaugural winner is one such person. Our inaugural award winner:
- attended Bede Polding College from 1990 to 1995
- completed Bachelor Degree in Science and Law (Hons) from the University of Sydney
- completed a Masters Degree in International Law and International Relations (with Distinction) from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies
- currently works at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the Department of Peace Operations/Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions
- previously worked in the Office of the President at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (in the Hague) and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (also in the Hague)
- started her legal career in commercial law for law firms, specialising in intellectual property litigation. She worked in Sydney, Melbourne and London
- is trained in mediation and is a volunteer mediator at the New York Peace Institute.
Our award winner, as you can see, has made a difference and has lived the motto of 'Called to Bring Peace'. As a graduate from the class of 1995, currently residing in New York and unable to join us in person, but joining us live via zoom it our my great honour and privilege to announce that the inaugural John Bede Polding Award for Alumni recipient is: Kirraley Bowles!
Accepting the award on behalf of Kirraley were her proud parents David and Lynette.
09 Dec 2022
A program placing people who want to change careers is being employed in New South Wales from next year, in a move that's hoped will help with the state's teacher shortage.
08 Dec 2022
🎄Our Vinnies Christmas Fair was held on Tuesday at lunchtime! 🎄 Students and staff were able to purchase a sausage sizzle or some baked goods, participate in Christmas activities and sing along to Christmas songs - all prepared and performed by our students! All proceeds will go to the Vinnies Richmond Conference, which will help those people in our Hawkesbury community who will be doing it tough this Christmas. Thank you also to everyone who donated items for our Vinnies Christmas Appeal! "Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do to me" Mt 25:45.
07 Dec 2022
On Friday, a team of priests and seminarians from Parramatta and Broken Bay Dioceses visited Bede Polding to play a game of basketball against a team of Senior students. In a hard-fought contest, the Seminarians emerged 19-15 victors against the 'Peacemakers'. It was a great opportunity for competition and camaraderie, and an opportunity for students to interact with priests and seminarians in a new context. We look forward to more games like this in the future!
06 Dec 2022
On Monday, our Year 12 Agriculture class visited Family Fresh Farms at Peats Ridge to view the operations of a state-of-the-art glasshouse cucumber growing facility. The facility has a total of five hectares under glasshouses and they distribute ‘Cukes Baby Cucumbers’ to the major retail supermarket chains, producing 13.6 million punnets a year from two hot houses! The students will use the information learned on this visit to cover important syllabus content. We would like to thank Family Fresh Farms for allowing us to visit the facility and for explaining the operations and logistics of the business. Their time and effort are greatly appreciated by the Bede Polding College community.
02 Dec 2022
On Saturday, our College Vocal Ensemble will be performing at the annual Light Up Windsor Street Fair. For the annual fair, Windsor Mall and George Street will burst to life with Christmas cheer from 5 pm to 9 pm, including dozens of market stalls, snow flurries, Christmas lights, and entertainment including a Bede Polding set on the main stage at 5:35 pm. For more information go to Hawkesbury City Council #lightupwindsor22
30 Nov 2022
At Assembly today we celebrated the achievements of all of the entrants in this year's iDesign Competition. The entries had a range of prototypes created by students with the aim of solving problems with digital solutions. Projects ranged from apps, interactive mindfulness books, websites, coding and 3D printing. Congratulations to all of the entrants, and in particular to the following major prize winners: First place: Matthew Stevenson Second place: Flynn Bonnello-Garrow Third place: Jack Michael Mitchell Thank you to College Alumnus and IT expert Mr Geoff Quattromani for his ongoing support in assisting with this program, and Mrs Baker and Mr Merlino for their guidance. We look forward to seeing what students create next year!
30 Nov 2022
Today we celebrate the Year 12 Drama class of 2022 for receiving three OnSTAGE nominations. Only a small percentage of exemplary HSC performances and projects in the state are nominated, meaning this is an outstanding achievement for these students. 👏🏼 🎭 Congratulations to the following nominees: Group Performance, ‘The Wonderful Dodo of Time’. Performed by Olivia Halliwell, Samantha O’Brien, Jade Stevens and Jayde Vella. Individual Project, Costume Design ‘The Visit: Rags to Riches’. Presented by Olivia Halliwell. Individual Project, Video Drama ‘The Surface’. Presented by Jayde Vella.
29 Nov 2022
Today we welcomed Year 6 students from dozens of primary schools to the Bede Polding community! With the support of our senior leaders, Mr Marshall and the Year 7 2023 GEM team, new friends were made and much exploring was done! #Classof2028
18 Nov 2022
On Saturday, one of our lambs was showing some signs of illness so we quickly transported him to the Vineyard Vet to see Dr Luke Smith. Bede Polding Agriculture systematically vaccinates and drenches our sheep for worms, however, the worms can develop some resistance to the drenches so they must be alternated to lower the risk to the animals. The animal records show that they were last treated on the 24th of September but the lamb was showing signs of lethargy and a swollen or 'bottle jaw'. Dr Luke treated the lamb for worms and also gave him a temporary iron supplement to aid the recovery. All the other sheep at Bede Polding were also treated on Saturday as a precautionary measure. We would like to thank Dr Luke and the Vineyard Vet clinic for the prompt and professional help that they always provide to us and to our ex-student, Chloe Oxley, who checks the animals each and every weekend to ensure their health and safety.
17 Nov 2022
Yesterday, a Thanksgiving Mass was held at the Parramatta Cathedral to celebrate the service and significant contribution of Mr Greg Whitby, who retires as CEDP Executive Director after 16 years. Mr Sullivan, Mr Rodricks-Testa and Mr Aure, along with student leaders Maddison Rodwell, Connor Sims and Rory Callanan, represented the College at the Mass, which was attended by students and staff from all over the Diocese.