Education Mass creates a 'first' for the Diocese of Parramatta
08 Nov 2018
It was a first for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta recently when the largest cross section of Western Sydney schools attended the annual Diocesan Education Mass at the Cathedral Church of St Patrick’s in Parramatta.
Principal celebrant of the Mass was Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long who was joined by Diocesan priests.
Contributors to the Mass represented a strong cross-section of Diocesan schools including readers from Cerdon College, Merrylands, Prayers of Intercession from St Paul the Apostle Primary School, Winston Hills, offertory procession by Holy Family Primary School, East Granville; musicians from Catholic Youth Parramatta Youth Band, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion from Parramatta Marist, Westmead and altar servers from Nagle College, Blacktown and Parramatta Marist at Westmead.
In his Homily, Bishop Vincent Long reflected on his childhood and how as a child he had a sense of self-reliance, which was a result of the unconditional support and wisdom from his own father. He said the followers of Christ, also experience this love “which gives them the strength to withstand the winds of affliction.”
“We are experiencing this crosswind as a church at the moment. If God uses painful episodes, then he can certainly use the modern episodes of exile of our wilderness to purify and make us more worthy of our calling and mission,’’ Bishop Vincent said.
“In Catholic education, our concern is not only in the learning outcomes, but in the holistic formation of the person. It is essential that we learn to be a servant of the kingdom and usable signs of hope in this world today,’’ he said.
The Mass culminated in the recognition of the winners from the 2018 Year of Youth Art Competition. All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 were invited to create an artwork to celebrate the Year of Youth and it’s theme; for young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy.’ This theme is based on Pope Francis’ call at World Youth Day 2016:
The winners were Elizabeth McKee of Our Lady of the Angels, Castle Hill (First in the Infants section), Mia Valente of St Bernadette’s Primary, Dundas (First in the Primary section) and Andrea Abreu of Nagle College, Blacktown (First in the Secondary section).
At the conclusion of Mass, participants were treated to an impressive visual display of the social outreach projects of Diocesan primary and secondary and schools. It was a reminder to everyone there of the extraordinary work that happens in Catholic schools supporting the most vulnerable in our community.
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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.
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