Our Faith Journey
Connecting faith, learning and life.
Gilroy Catholic College is a great place for students to grow in faith and learning.
Our caring staff are committed to sharing the Catholic faith with students and their families. Our welcoming community supports students and staff to thrive. Each student is valued as an individual. We share the values of the Gospel to help them discover hope within and to experience a meaningful and rewarding life.
Students in our school come from a variety of religious backgrounds and beliefs - a student will not feel out of place if they do not share the Catholic faith.
All Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta:
Sharing Our Catholic Tradition
We ensure that students come to know Jesus Christ through the promotion of Catholic tradition and teaching. Faith experiences are woven throughout the life of the school and school values, and realised within the Religious Education program as well as:
- religious symbolism
- Feast Days
- and social justice activities to reach out to those most in need.
Our school community prays the Angelus (traditional midday prayer) together each day. In partnership with our local parish, there are also many chances to attend Mass.
The school has a strong relationship with the local parish. This includes coming together for special celebrations and to support students to grow in faith.
Celebrating Our Faith
We place great importance on the contribution of visual and performing arts to the liturgical life of our school. Live music, singing, drama, symbols, visual art works and liturgical movement are incorporated into celebrations, providing meaningful and relevant faith experiences for young people.
Our specialist teachers share their faith and example with students, helping them to flourish as they develop specific knowledge, understanding, skills and strong values, with Christ as the centre.
Social Justice Initiatives
Our students are offered a wide variety of local community activities to help develop a sense of pride, respect and responsibility for themselves and others. This positive approach can be seen in how we interact and learn with one another, work collaboratively and take ownership of our behaviour, as well as active involvement in faith-based experiences.
Gilroy's Student Leadership team drive the College's engagement with the St Vincent de Paul Winter and Christmas Appeals, Project Compassion and the Diocesan Works Fund Appeals. Through the Mary MacKillop Service Awards Program our students are given the opportunity to be involved with initiatives such as the Vinnies Van, Socktober fundraiser, Interfaith Dialogue and Jesuit Social Services.
Our reconciliation strategy
Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are at the beginning of an important journey, endeavouring to make significant contributions to reconciliation within the community, locally and nationally.
Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) recently launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We will be guided by the CSDP RAP as we work to embed practices that further support members of our learning community who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, engage meaningfully and respectfully with members of the local Aboriginal community, and make contributions to the national journey towards reconciliation.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community!
Contact the school today to enrol and discover the many benefits of joining the Gilroy learning community.