Schools unite to help our drought stricken farmers
10 Sep 2018
Catholic schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains have united in their bid to raise much-needed funds for NSW’s drought-stricken farmers. Chisholm Catholic Primary, Bligh Park will be hosting a Big Bush Dance on Thursday, September 27 from 6pm to 8pm.
Students from Bede Polding College, Windsor South; St Matthew’s Primary, Windsor; St Luke’s Catholic College, Marsden Park and Santa Sophia Catholic College have been invited to attend. Chisholm Primary Principal Michael Mifsud said this event will not only raise money for the drought appeal, but also help students to make a connection with some country schools.
“We are also getting in touch with school leaders in the Wilcannia Forbes Diocese with a view to setting up partner schools - so students can share their stories. This would be a great learning experience for our students.”
The Big Bush Dance at Chisholm Catholic Primary School will be held on Thursday, September 27 from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are $25 and include a barbecue sausage sandwich and drink. The event will feature bush dancing, music by a great band of musical Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta teachers, a line dancing competition and prizes!
At St Andrew’s Primary, Marayong students held a “Fiver For A Farmer” fundraiser on Monday, August 13. This saw students dress up as farmers for the day, pray for rain and fundraise $3200. Students also held a cake stall and also raised $280 more!
Acting Principal Kim McDonald said the fundraising idea was brought to her attention by Yr 4 student Matthew Mackie who was inspired by a news story on the Sunrise program where school children around Australia were invited to join in the fundraising campaign in support of Rural Aid and Drought Angels.
Matthew Mackie said from watching the news it sounded like a lot of farmers were poor and needed a lot of food and water.
“I also didn’t like seeing all the sheep and animals dying,’’ he said.
St Andrew’s teacher Grace Tabone said she has noticed the concern of many children for the animals.
“As a result of doing this fundraiser we have been able to educate the children about how the drought is affecting the farmers, which has a roll on affect to the animals and also the food and goods we buy from the shops,’’ Mrs Tabone said.
St Canice’s Primary in Katoomba followed and on Tuesday, August 14, they dressed up as farmers too and donated a “Fiver For A Farmer”. They managed to raise a whopping $1216.15.
St Monica’s Primary, Richmond has initiated “50c Fridays” to help “Feed a Farmer’s Family”. For the duration of Term 3, families have been asked to donate as many 50c pieces as they can! The money will be sent to the Country Women’s Association who are are providing families with much needed support. The school is also selling showbags every Friday morning for the remainder of the term: so far they have raised $1065!
St Monica’s Principal, Cameron Lievore said it is an important cause and teaches students about outreach.
“Farmers are finding it very difficult to feed their animals and grow crops. Many are even struggling to buy enough food to feed their families,” Mr Lievore said. “This is about responding to those in need and teaching our students about the value of service and helping others.’
Our Lady of the Nativity Primary, Lawson decided to build on their annual Book Week Parade by offering a snack pack for the students to purchase for lunch with all proceeds towards the ”Buy a Bale” Aussie Farmers cause, raising $450.
St Bernadette’s Primary, Castle Hill held a “Help A Farmer Day” where students dressed up as farmers and donated to the Wilcannia Forbes St Vincent de Paul Drought Appeal. They managed to raise a fantastic $7215.85.
St Bernadette’s Principal Leanne Nettleton said that the school community is well known for generosity to those in need and asked students to reach out in support of families in Balranald, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cobar, Condobolin, Deniliquin, Forbes, Hay, Hillstone, Narromine, Nyngan, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trangie, Trundle, Warren, Wilcannia.
25 Sep 2022
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22 Sep 2022
Year 11 Agriculture student, Mikayla Connor, has had a long desire to become a large animal veterinarian. The course required is offered by Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and demands six years of full-time study. To be considered for entry to the course, students need to achieve an ATAR of 90 or above in their final HSC exams, complete an interview at CSU and undertake a significant amount of relevant industry experience, with a variety of animals. Mikayla has embraced the acquisition of industry experience this year by completing a one-week block at both a dairy farm in Nowra and a Boer goat stud at Eugowra, fortnightly work at a local alpaca farm, and with Dr. Rob Zammit at the Vineyard Vet. During the upcoming holidays, she is completing a one-week block with the Hawkesbury Equine Veterinary Centre. We would like to acknowledge the dedication and efforts that Mikayla has shown so far and we wish her well as we continue to work closely with her to help her achieve her career ambitions. We would also like to thank Dr. Rob Zammit from the Vineyard Vet and Miss Tess Bailey, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW 2018 Rural Achiever and owner of the Lachlan Valley Vet in Forbes, for their expertise and guidance offered to Bede Polding College and Mikayla. - Andrew Heath, Bede Polding Agriculture Teacher
19 Sep 2022
🐄 On Saturday, the Ag Show Team represented the College at the Camden Agricultural Expo. The students, from years 7 to 10, took home a swag of ribbons, as well as some lucerne chaff and bales of hay in prizes! Some highlights of the day were the alpaca parading, the Young Farmers Challenge and personal bests by students in cattle parading. Congratulations to the team, and thank you to Mrs Krix for her guidance! 👏👏👏
13 Sep 2022
Last Friday night saw the presentation for the inaugural Greater Sydney Schools Cattle Competition at Carloline Chisolm in Glenmore Park. The Bede Polding Cattle Team attended the evening in which teams were awarded for a number of categories, ranging from the preparation of the steer, parading, judging of cattle, weight gain and the quality of the carcass. Bede Polding College performed well across many of the categories, with multiple ribbons awarded to the team. Year 8 student, Riley Gauchi, was also awarded the trophy for ‘Champion Junior Parader’. Great thanks goes to Mrs Krix who expertly trained the Bede Polding Team whilst they developed their skills in cattle showmanship.
12 Sep 2022
The CEDP Education Mass took place on Thursday 8th September at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. It was an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful initiatives that contribute to the mission of the Catholic Church in our schools. Year 10 students Isabella Cody, Matilda Brough, Darcy Dunn and Aiden Silva, who are SRE and SWAG leaders, attended with Mr Rodricks-Testa and Mr Compton, joining representatives from every school in the Parramatta Diocese.
08 Sep 2022
Well done to the U/16s Rugby League team, who competed in the Panther Trophy today. The team played extremely well throughout the day, winning their pool. Unfortunately, they were beaten in the semi-finals, but it was a great effort overall from the boys! 🏉
08 Sep 2022
Today is R U OK? Day. It is an annual reminder of the importance of checking in with those around us and starting conversations that could change a life, not just today but any day. 💛 Year 10 held a bake sale at recess and lunch to raise money for the R U OK? Charity and they managed to raise over $1000 for this great cause! 👏🏼
06 Sep 2022
Congratulations to Year 12 students Lara Gatt and Roseanne Azzopardi who have completed the Step Up Into Teaching program at the Australian Catholic University for 2022. They completed two first year university units, and have received an early offer to undertake a teaching degree at ACU in 2023. Congratulations also to Year 11 students William Reeve, Chloe Abell, Caitlin Sultana and Chantel Galea, who were successful in securing a place in this scholarship program at ACU for 2023. The College is very proud of you all! 👏👏👏