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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 3  |  12 March 2013
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Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay are celebrating Catholic Schools Week from March 10 to 16 with a host of activities and events designed to highlight the theme, ‘Every Child Counts’.

Director of Schools for the Diocese of Broken Bay, Mr Peter Hamill, said the ‘Every Child Counts’ theme lies at the core of what it means to be a Catholic school.

“Our Catholic schools are very focused on developing the whole individual – mind, body, and soul,” he said. “We believe that each child is created by God to be unique, and that’s a great starting point for the way we approach their individualised education.”

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Two Year 12 Information Technology students at Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood have built their own smartphone app to assist visitors at the College’s upcoming Open Day on Sunday March 17, 2013.

Josh Carroll initially floated the idea with Principal, Julie Terry following last year’s Open Day as a way to incorporate some of his learning through the Information Technology Certificate 2 course which he continues to study for his HSC.

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It’s not quite the Jetsons, but robots are helping local Catholic Primary School to hone their problem-solving skills, to think analytically and to reinforce their numeracy and literacy learning.

A number of schools across the Diocese of Broken Bay are taking part in a video-link Robotics Competition during Catholic Schools Week to showcase their skills in programming small robots to solve problems and meet challenges.

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Students, teachers and families from upper North Shore Catholic schools are putting their faith into action by reaching out the hand of friendship and support to the needy in the local community.

When school is over for the day, groups from Prouille Catholic School, Wahroonga; Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic School, West Pymble; Sacred Heart Catholic School, Pymble; Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Waitara; St Patrick’s Catholic School, Asquith; St Bernard’s Catholic School, Berowra; St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga; St Lucy’s Wahroonga, St Edmund’s Wahroonga and other Catholic communities load up a van with food and embark on their mission of care.

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Parishioners and parents of primary and secondary school children in the Diocese of Broken Bay are being invited to step aside from the rush of daily life to take part in a reflection morning with the entrancing title of: ‘A little bit of Heaven’.

Catholic Schools Office Education Officer – Mission Services, Virginia Ryan, working in collaboration with Janette Davidson, Parish Support Unit, said the initiative, which is open to school and parish communities, grew from positive feedback after last year’s spirituality mornings.

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Religious Education forms the heartbeat of Catholic schooling, and in the Diocese of Broken Bay this learning is hands-on, creative and challenging.

Students enrolled in Catholic schools all study Religious Education (RE) for two and a half hours a week from Kindergarten to Year 12, based on programs approved by Bishop David Walker.

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Preparation is well underway for the 2014 opening of the Central Coast’s newest Catholic high school, St Brigid’s Catholic College at Lake Munmorah.

St Brigid’s will serve the community of Lake Munmorah and surrounding areas.

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