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Azri Mortimer receives life-changing heart transplant

Azri, 8, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy in December 2016 and told she needed a new heart within 12 months, however, on the 23rd of February, she received a life saving heart transplant.

St Patrick’s book lovers are all on the same page

Reading can broaden your children's horizons, inspire all sorts of creative ideas, and give them an edge in learning new subjects at school. Reading is also a whole lot of fun. Students at St Patrick’s love reading and were also excited that borrowing has started for 2018 with lots and lots of new books now on our library shelves. Just in time for the Premier’s Reading Challenge! Read more...

Lenten Message 2018 - Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv

Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv reminds us that with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin a season of Lent which is meant to be a journey of renewal and transformation. Read more...

St Patrick's Mini Vinnies Nursing Home visit

On Friday 1st December, our St Patrick’s Mini Vinnies group went to a local nursing home called St Dominic’s Hostel in Blacktown to entertain the elderly as well as interact with the residents. Read more…

Leadership Day Reflection

On Thursday 30th November, Year 5 students participated in a leadership day in preparation for their roles as leaders in 2018. Year 12 school leaders from Patrician Brothers College Blacktown and Nagle College spoke to the students about Leadership. One of their key messages was never give up and keep persevering. Read more…

Free dental assessment

Dental examinations will be offered free of charge to students in Kindergarten, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 by professional dental clinicians and their assistants on Thursday 23 November. Look out for further information and the parent/carer consent forms that will be sent home with the students as soon as we receive them from Western Sydney Local Health District.

Going Weirdo over books

Weirdo by Anh Do, Tom Gates by Liz Pichon, and You Choose by George Ivanoff have been the most popular reads from the school library in 2017. Read more...

Blinded by science

Our recent Science Week was sensational as students made volcanoes, created electricity from potatoes and as well as built an oven to make a toasted sandwich. Read more...

Kids face up to the naked truth

Schools are inviting police into classrooms to lecture children on the dangers of smart devices and social media. And families are being warned that large numbers of under-age children are creating social media accounts without their parents’ knowledge. Read more...

Restorative Practices

Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim. Learn how we have applied these learnings at St Patrick’s Primary. Read more…

12 month anniversary of Pope Francis' Papal Encyclical Laudato Si

To commemorate the 12 month anniversary of Pope Francis' Papal Encyclical Laudato Si we asked our schools what they have been doing to care for the environment.

Bishop Vincent Long installed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta

Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains warmly welcomed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta on the evening of Thursday 16 June 2016 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

Schools launch Cyberwise campaign

Launched on 15 June, Cyberwise is a learning and teaching resource for students, teachers and parents to encourage cybersafety in schools.

Cyberwise awareness for Primary students

Cyberwise awareness for Primary students.

Cyberwise - The making of

Four students from St Mark's Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens​ share their experiences in making the Cyberwise video.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

On 5 May 2016 His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta.

CAPTIVATE Showcase tickets on sale

The annual CAPTIVATE Showcase Season runs from 16-27 June. Tickets are on sale now.

2016 Federal Election message

2016 Federal Election message from the Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.

St Patrick's Easter generosity

St Patrick's staff and students conscientiously supported our community needs

What is the real meaning of Easter?

We visited St Patrick's Primary School Blacktown to ask students about the real meaning of Easter.

Are you the leader of our next generation school?

St Luke’s Catholic College* will be opening at Marsden Park in 2017 and we are looking for a dynamic Principal leader to establish a high performing Catholic learning community from pre to post school.

Catholic Schools Week 2016

I belong. You belong. We belong.

Everything’s Connected at 2016 System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 21 January 2016 for the annual system leadership day, prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Teacher Accreditation and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)

The teacher accreditation landscape is changing as the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) continues to work on implementing the Teacher Accreditation Act.

More Reading Recovery teachers for our students

On Thursday 3 December 2015, the Reading Recovery Graduation ceremony was held at St Francis of Assisi Primary, Glendenning.

Science Week

We will be holding St Patrick’s Science Week during Week 4 this term. During Science Week many fun, exciting and educational activities will be taking place throughout the school. Learn More....

Religious Education Term 4

During the first three weeks of term 4, students will be learning about ‘Mission’. They will study social justice issues locally and globally by viewing DVDs which highlight the work done by CARITAS and Catholic Mission to support people in third world countries and our own. Then with their teacher, they will discuss how they can help others. Learn more...

New Carpark Arrows

We would like to thank Brushsence Painting & Decorating for the Re Vamp of our Parish Car Park during the school holidays making it a safer place for all. Click through to view album.

Where are they now? Former principals return to the Diocese

On Friday 25 September 2015, 42 former principals attended a Principals’ Afternoon Tea.

St Patrick's Working Bee

Our School Grounds look terrific!

Zone Athletics Carnival

St Patrick's students really shone at the Zone Carnival this week.

CAPTURING THE MOMENT!

Media Training Day held at St Patrick's Primary School, Blacktown

St Patrick’s kitchen garden aids environment and learning

For World Environment Day on Friday 5 June 2015 St Patrick’s Primary, Blacktown partnered with Catholic Earthcare Australia to create the ‘Connect, Care, Share: Our Common Home’ video, which showcases the school’s kitchen garden.

St Patrick's Kitchen Garden filmed by Catholic EarthCare

St Patrick's Primary School's Kitchen Garden was filmed by Catholic EarthCare to create video which was released on World Environment Day, June 5th 2015.

Diocesan Cross Country

Our students competed on Tuesday, 5th May 2015 at the Diocesan Cross Country with some fantastic results!

Stop Work Action Suspended

The Stop Work Action for next Tuesday 28 April has been suspended. School will be on as normal.

Catholic Schools Week Video Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to all entrants of the 2015 Catholic Schools Week NSW/ACT Video Competition - ‘What will your Catholic school of tomorrow look like?’. We are delighted to announce the winners in each division for this year’s competition.

St Patrick's Day Picnic in the Park

St Patrick's Primary School celebrated St Patrick's Day with a Picnic in the Park.

St Patrick’s Primary Blacktown Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden’s primary focus is the development of oral language, assisting the acquisition of vocabulary through practical gardening activities, which develop confidence amongst the students.

Commitment to Catholic school funding sought for the State election

In the lead up to the NSW election on 28 March, the Diocese of Parramatta continues to meet with both Labor and Coalition MPs and candidates to ensure that funding of Catholic schooling, particularly in Western Sydney, is a key commitment for the next State Government.

Ash Wednesday Mass and Liturgy

Ash Wednesday celebrations at St Patrick's Primary School.

Catholic Schools Week celebrations

Catholic Schools Week is a celebration that brings together Catholic school communities across New South Wales, held 8-14 March 2015.

School communities mark Ash Wednesday

Schools across the Diocese of Parramatta have observed Ash Wednesday today with liturgies and mass services marking the beginning of Lent.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge - winners announced!

The Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge has had another successful year with over 620 students reading 10,000 books over the school holidays – that’s a new competition record!

Catholic schools called to renew and adapt at annual System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 22 January for the annual system leadership day prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Every year, the Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, invites students all over the Diocese of Parramatta to participate in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Best practice focus leads to improved Naplan results

For the seventh consecutive year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (Naplan) in May. Results released in September identified many areas of improvement for students in the Diocese of Parramatta

Farewell with faith, hope and love

The Mass of Thanksgiving to God on the Occasion of the Farewell of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop-elect of Sydney and Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta, was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta on Wednesday 5 November.

World Teachers Day Selfie Competition Winner!

Hundreds of students across the Diocese of Parramatta have honoured their teachers in celebration of World Teachers Day by taking a selfie with their favourite teacher.

Going Deeper at Principals Masterclass

The annual Prinicipals Masterclass was held on 13 and 14 August at the Rooty Hill RSL Club, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

Literacy Lessons improving student learning outcomes

Students are receiving more one-to-one instruction in literacy and comprehension thanks to a new Literacy Lessons (L2) program being trialled in 8 primary schools across the diocese.

School staff encouraged to have a cuppa for students in need

In Term 3, school staff are invited to have a cuppa and donate to the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund appeal.

Mary MacKillop Feast Day celebrations

Events were held across the diocese of Parramatta on Friday 8 August in honour of the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Captivate showcases talented students

Hundreds of students from 35 primary and secondary Catholic schools from across the Diocese showcased their creative talents in a series of music, dance and strings performances throughout June, culminating in the ‘Best Of’ performance on 23 June.

Terra Sancta College renamed to honour St John Paul II

To commemorate the Canonisation of Pope John Paul II and his connection to the Diocese of Parramatta, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, has announced that Terra Sancta College will be renamed St John Paul II Catholic College, Nirimba and Schofields from the commencement of Term 3 this year.

New enterprise Agreement for 2015 proposed for school staff

The proposed new Enterprise Agreement was sent to all Catholic school staff and the Independent Education Union (IEU) today, Monday 7 April to begin a process of consultation to consolidate a number of existing agreements into a single state-wide agreement which supports high quality contemporary teaching and learning.

RE Review: Faith in the future of Catholic schooling

The findings and recommendations of the Review of Religious Education for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta were presented to a forum of over 200 parish priests, principals and Religious Education coordinators on 5 June at Rosehill Gardens.

Federal Budget 2014-15 No certainty on funding or direction

The Federal Government’s priority to cut the budget deficit will significantly reduce school funding in real terms and create greater uncertainty for schools says Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby

Executive Director calls for collaboration in proposed Enterprise Agreement

A report in a Sydney newspaper saying Catholic school teachers are considering strike action over a proposed Enterprise Agreement from Catholic employers is premature and does not do justice to the consultation process says Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby.

Catholic schools supporting faith@work

Throughout May, Catholic schools across the Diocese of Parramatta will be taking part in the Diocesan Works Fund (DWF) Appeal faith@work.

Congratulations to winners of the Executive Director s Summer Reading Challenge

Students from the Diocese of Parramatta have excelled in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge with over 8,000 books read during the summer. Over 500 students from Catholic schools across the Diocese of Parramatta entered the competition this year.

Applications for the 2014 Premier s Teacher Scholarships are now open

Educators are encouraged to apply for the 2014 NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships, offering the opportunity to undertake a five-week study tour in one of the available scholarship categories.

Congratulations to all our schools who entered the Catholic schools week video competition

Over 70% of schools in the Diocese of Parramatta submitted entries in the Catholic Schools Week Video Competition 'what makes our Catholic Schools great?'