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Navy dream now a reality for Bailey

Penola Catholic College student Bailey Gregory has wanted to join the Royal Australian Navy ever since he was a young child. As of next year, this dream will become a reality.


Teen soccer sensation takes first steps towards lofty career goals

When 15-year-old Ethan Ilic told his mates at Penola Catholic College that he would be playing football in the United Kingdom in January, they almost didn’t believe him. “My friends at school were a bit surprised because they didn’t know I was that good at soccer,” Ethan told the Weekender.

Early offers ease pressure

Despite a year of line learning being the root of anxieties for many Year 12 students, some are about to head into their exams stress-free, having already earned entry to university.


Catholic education champion calls time after 48 years service

Greg Whitby AM KSG will retire as Executive Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta at the end of the 2022 school year. Over more than 40 years service to education, Greg has been a champion of innovation and change in learning and teaching.

Taking action to enhance the mission of the Church in the Blue Mountains

The question of how to relaunch parish life after COVID resulted in a dynamic information sharing session across the six parishes in the Blue Mountains last week, with valuable takeaways on topics such as music, the environment, child and adult faith formation and wellbeing. Read more...

Readers are winners

Congratulations to our winners and all who entered the 2021/22 Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge (EDSRC), it has been an incredible competition this year with a large number of entries.

The last straw for Penola Catholic College

A student-led campaign to protect the environment is making a real difference at Penola Catholic College Emu Plains. Religious Education Coordinator Robert Feeney shares the story of how the school’s Eco Group and Stewardship Team began with a single plastic straw and led to young people from the Penrith region taking practical action on climate change. Read more...

Students’ academic skills survive remote learning, study finds

Lara White from will return to class in Sydney this week and her mum is happy with her daughter’s progress during remote learning. Read more...

Students pledge action on the environment

Year 9 students from Catholic secondary schools across Western Sydney have met virtually to discuss what more they can do individually, and in their school communities, families and friendship groups to take action for environmental sustainability and care for the disadvantaged in Australia. Read more...

More time to prepare for HSC exams

HSC students will be given more time to work on their major projects and to prepare for exams to reduce the impact of the current COVID-19 lockdown. Read more...



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