New teachers and leaders called to serve
21 Mar 2023
New staff from Emmaus Catholic College Kemps Creek meet Bishop Vincent Long after the 2023 Commissioning Mass.
Beginning teachers, new school principals and leaders gathered for a moving celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta as Bishop Vincent Long and Parish Priests blessed and welcomed Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese staff to their new roles.
The annual Commissioning ceremony is a special occasion for staff as we acknowledge and celebrate the important work of educating young people in the Diocese of Parramatta.
In a stirring homily, Bishop Vincent called for a new paradigm of Catholic life and education that is ‘equitable, sustainable, harmonious’ and shared with and for all.
“I believe that as educators, we have the opportunity to form a new generation that values the common good more than individual success,” Bishop Vincent said. “Just as the Pope calls for a new politics of inclusion in the light of the systemic inequalities in the world, we also need an education that forms young people into men and women of deep empathy, solidarity, communion as opposed to individualism and self-interest which is so rampant in our society.”
“I am grateful for your ‘Yes’ to the call of service to the young people in our learning communities across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains,” he said.
This year, the new Executive Director of Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Jack de Groot was commissioned alongside 5 new school principals and 190 new teachers at our schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
“It was wonderful to share this special occasion with so many colleagues starting out on their journey with Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese, just like me,” Jack said. “I especially enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm our new teachers bring to their work, and to making the difference in our students’ lives.”
Gerard Giesekam, who commenced in 2022 in the role of Director Finance and Infrastructure for Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese, was also commissioned.
Our Lady of the Nativity Primary Lawson Principal Matthew Bond was one of the new school principals commissioned at the Mass. He said he was proud to take on the responsibility that comes with Catholic leadership.
“It is a responsibility to serve the community that you are a part of,” said Matthew. “To be compassionate, kind and a continual learner.”
Having wanted to be a teacher from a young age, Matthew credits former St Michael’s Primary Baulkham Hills Principal, Dr Jennifer Fraser for encouraging him to explore leadership opportunities.
“The trust I was given and the future responsibilities given to me by Dr Fraser gave me the confidence and capacity to take on greater leadership opportunities and focus on what is important in schools: students and their learning,” he said.
Laura Obilinovic is starting out her career teaching Year 1 at St Michael’s Baulkham Hills. She developed her interest in teaching after years of coaching basketball and watching young people grow in understanding and confidence as a result.
“I hope to be able to develop that same love of learning in my students so that they finish the year with the confidence to go out and find information for themselves,” Laura said. “I would like to create a classroom that allows for all kinds of learners so that they enjoy the work they are doing and are able to achieve their personal goals.”
Isabella Sabbouh from St Patrick’s Primary Guildford is enjoying the start of her teaching career in the Year 4 classroom. She said the connections she has already made with students and staff feels like family. “Each day I get to work with inquisitive young minds, eager to learn and share their ideas with me and it makes me feel as though I have a second home,” Isabella said. “I love to be influential in students’ lives, inspiring and motivating them to achieve their potential. I especially love working at St Patrick’s because the staff have been exceptionally helpful and caring.”
At St Agnes Catholic High School Rooty Hill, new teachers Merna Oraha and Yasemin Kurt are undertaking their first year of teaching as part of the conditional accreditation program that allows them to continue studying while gaining valuable experience in the classroom.
Teaching History and Geography, Merna said she is passionate about ensuring students get a quality education.
“I’ve always had a passion for education because there is just so much potential for students through their learning,” said Merna. “I wanted to be a part of making a difference for students.”
For Yasemin, who completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Science, teaching is an opportunity to share her love of science with Years 7 and 10 students.
“It’s so great to teach something that I am passionate about and amaze them with new concepts,” said Yasemin. “Watching students develop their love for science is something I would love to see.”
01 Mar 2024
Tuesday the 27th of February, Gilroy Catholic College opened its doors to the wider community, family and friends. The buzzing energy and excitement of future students was evidenced, as the youthful and optimistic students of tomorrow were able to explore the faculties and facilities offered at Gilroy. It was incredibly heartwarming to see familiar faces and past students who came back to reminisce about their time at Gilroy. A huge thanks goes to the passionate students who volunteered their afternoon to usher families and provide insight to life at the College. Additionally, a massive thank you to all of the Gilroy students who contributed to this community event, from incredible music performances, delicious cupcakes from our Hospitality crew, photographers, presenters and student leaders! A special thanks to all of our Gilroy staff for their organisation and prep-work leading up to the highly successful event! #teamgilroy #bettertogether
01 Mar 2024
Yesterday we were given the opportunity to attend the Lifted Leaders Live event, where we learnt more about how we can practically apply our faith within our school community. We left with much knowledge on how to grow the presence of the Holy Spirit within Gilroy Catholic College and received some advice from Bishop Vincent on how we can effectively do this. It was a great day! - Savannah Moubarak, Year 12, School Captain! #bettertogether #teamgilroy
27 Feb 2024
‼️ 🎉OPEN EVENING TONIGHT FROM 4PM TO 7PM 🎉‼️ ☂️☔ The weather forecast predicts a chance of a light shower in the afternoon. We recommend guests bring an umbrella or wet weather gear as a small portion of the tour is not undercover. 🎒 Enrolment packs will be available for collection at the College Open Evening or can be downloaded via the College Website. The College Office will be open to accept enrolments and payment. The final date for receipt of enrolment applications will be Friday 15 March. First round letters of offer will be sent the week beginning Tuesday 2 April. 🚗 Parking and access We ask that you enter the College through the Marie Street Bus Bay gates (see map attached) Ample street parking is available on surrounding streets and at Coolong Reserve (also noted in red on the map)
26 Feb 2024
Congratulations to Samuel Waring & Matthew Engesser who competed at the NSW All Schools Triathlon. This year's event was challenging because the swim had to be changed to a run, due to water quality at Penrith International Regatta Centre, making it a Duathlon. Matthew came 1st in the Paratriathlon & 12th overall in the Senior Male event. Samuel came 3rd in the Senior Male event and qualified for the Nationals. #bettertogether #teamgilroy
23 Feb 2024
The new Gilroy Catholic College Basketball jerseys arrived this week. The students choose their numbers and are excited at the opportunity to represent Gilroy. Good luck to all teams! #bettertogether #teamgilroy
23 Feb 2024
The Year 12 Geography students as they study the intricacies of urban dynamics in Sydney CBD and Pyrmont! From bustling streets to waterfront transformations, every corner tells a story of Sydney city's evolution.
22 Feb 2024
Today the Year 11 and Year 12 students celebrated Wellbeing Week by getting active during their break times playing volleyball, having a turn at soccer juggling, giving their best guess at the lolly guessing competition and some students engaged with sensory play with bubble wrap all while grooving along to some cheerful music. This was a fantastic way for students to enjoy break time friends, relaxing and getting active! Happy Wellbeing Week to our hardworking senior students!😁 #teamgilroy #bettergilroy
21 Feb 2024
School leaders from across Sydney have shared their hopes for 2024, from vying for class dux to aspiring heart surgeons and talented athletes. Meet the new year’s young legends.
20 Feb 2024
On Tuesday February 20, Year 12 Hospitality students cooked over 600 pancakes to help the Gilroy Catholic College community celebrate Pancake Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday helped raise funds for our Project Compassion Appeal, whereby students made donations in exchange for pancakes. Our student leaders coordinated the distribution of pancakes to all students who made donations. Thank you to our Student Leaders, Hospitality staff and students who made this event possible. #bettertogether #teamgilroy
19 Feb 2024
🎒 Enrolment packs will be available for collection at the College Open Evening or can be downloaded via the College Website. The College Office will be open to accept enrolments and payment. The final date for receipt of enrolment applications will be Friday 15 March. First round letters of offer will be sent the week beginning Tuesday 2 April. 🚗 Parking and access We ask that you enter the College through the Marie Street Bus Bay gates (see map attached) Ample street parking is available on surrounding streets and at Coolong Reserve (also noted in red on the map)
15 Feb 2024
On Tuesday 13 February, Gilroy Catholic College gathered to celebrate the incredible achievement of our 2023 HSC Students. 48 Students were acknowledged as Distinguished Achievers for obtaining a score of 90 or higher in at least one of their subjects. 🎉🏆 Special shout out to Olivia Ryan, for an outstanding 99.0 ATAR.🎉🥇 Isabella Zdrillic, 2nd in the state for Mathematics Standard 1 Chloe Metwally, 5th in the state for Mathematics Standard 1 Zara Haddad, 8th in the state for Mathematics Standard 1 2023 High achiever are; Olivia Ryan, Luke Stanely, Tiana Zabaneh, Zoe Dimitriadis, William Gomez, Maddison O’Brien, Katelyn Wong, Zara Haddad, Dawnette Mascarenhas, Grace Towner, Grace Attard, Liliana Haworth, Joshua Bugeja, Max Langdon, Joshua Pozzolungo, Luca Spagnolo, Ella Fernandez, Tarsheiysh Pinto, Isabella Zdrillic, Chloe Metwally, Kylie Page, Siobhan O’Neill, Ashliegh Lourey, Damon Terraciano, Laura Croucher
15 Feb 2024
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent - the perfect opportunity for us all to recommit to many of the things we know we need to do. For some, it could mean prayer and meditation, for others, it could look like fasting food or giving up social media. It might be serving at a local shelter or being more generous in our giving. Whatever it is, Lent is the perfect time to commit to it. What do the ashes symbolise? The ashes symbolise our mortality. On Ash Wednesday, you may see neighbours walking around with ash crosses on their foreheads. During Mass on this day, priests will add crosses made of ashes to foreheads reminding us. The students attended a liturgy this morning to celebrate Ash Wednesday and if they chose to, they too received ashes. The season of Lent prepares us for Christ's death and resurrection at Easter. This time of sacrifice and repentance prepares the heart to receive the reconciliation that Christ offers. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (today, 27 February) and ends on Good Friday (Friday 29 March).
14 Feb 2024
🎉You are invited to Gilroy's Open Evening for 2024!🎉 This is a great opportunity to tour our newest facilities, meet our principal and take in what Gilroy has to offer. When: 27th of February 2024 Self guided College tours are open between 4pm and 7pm with Presentations from our principal and College leaders at 5:00pm. Please find a time that suits you and come on down! Applications for year 7, 2025 are now open and will close on the 15th of March. Please enrol via our website: https://www.gilroy.catholic.edu.au/Enrol-Now/How-to-Enrol Enrolment packs will also be available on the night. We look forward to seeing you all there!