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Waking up to the sound of elephants

Our Lady of Nativity has the best learning-focused excursions ever with the recent Zoo Snooze camp a spectacular success. Students slept overnight at Taronga Zoo and woke up to the sound of elephants. They wandered the zoo looking at exotic wildlife up close and personal and learnt more about the animal kingdom. Read more...

Educating parents about cyber safety

As the online world moves forward at breakneck speed sometimes our children are more advanced than parents in new technology, and this can pose problems. A free e-Safety workshop will be held on Monday 27 November between 5.30pm and 6.30pm at Blaxland High School Auditorium to shine light on this important subject. The workshop is a great opportunity for parents in our community to gain more knowledge and understanding on how to manage your child's online behaviour, their access and time spent online. Read more...

Year 6 transition to high school

The transition to high school is an important time for our Year 6 students and a group boarded a bus to visit St Columba’s Springwood to check out the “big school”. Read more...

Curious, confident and excited learners

Synopsis for Curious confident and excited learners

Freezing Fridays

The school has launched 'Freezing Fridays' to raise money for Vinnies this year instead of collecting food for hampers. We will use the money to buy food vouchers to give to members of our community. And the lunchtime ice blocks cost only $2.

Reaching for the stars

Our students traveled through the universe with an awe-inspiring earth and space science experience hosted by Starr’s Planetarium. The session involved a inflated cinema and engaged and amazed as students discovered the solar system, planets, stars, lunar cycles, seasons, constellations and much more. Read more...

Captain Underpants is king

The best-selling Captain Underpants books have continued to be popular at the school library as a result of the recent movie. Read more...

OLN Students Put their Limits to the Test

Our School carnival where students participate in middle distance running races.

St Patrick's Day Mufti

Friday 17th March, St Patrick's Day fundraising. All monies will be donated to Caritas for Project Compassion.

Open Day During Catholic Schools Week

Open Day Friday 10th March 2017

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.

100 families over 100 days initiative

Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson celebrated Catholic Schools Week by launching ‘100 Families over 100 days’ initiative

Cross Country 2016

Congratulations to the Red House on winning the most points at Cross Country.

Project Compassion fundraising snapshot

On Monday 8 February 2016 the official launch of Caritas Australia’s 2016 Project Compassion appeal was held at the Catholic Learning Community of Blessed John the XXIII and St Mark’s Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens.

Back to school snapshot

From Wednesday 27 February, students from within the Diocese of Parramatta embarked on Term 1 of the 2016 school year.

100 days 100 families

Over the next 100 days all families are invited to attend a school and classroom tour at your convenience.

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.

Religious Education News Term 1 Week 6

Our Lady of the Nativity Religious Education news and events for Week 6 Term 1.

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.

Coming Up at OLN

Here are some details for the final week of school for 2015

Girls Winter Uniform

A decision will be made shortly regarding the new winter uniform option for girls. View mages of each option. Comments welcomed.

Milo Cricket - Stage 2 and Stage 3

On Wednesday the 21 October the school will be receiving a visit from Milo Cricket. Stage 2 and 3 students are to wear their sports uniforms on Wednesday.

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.

Girls Winter Uniform

Please read information regarding changes to the girls winter uniform.

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.

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.

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.

Students top the state in HSC courses

The HSC results has seen three students from our Catholic schools achieve first in the state for their subjects.

Christmas Carols Concert Postpones

The Christmas Carol Concert scheduled for tonight 10.12.14 has been postponed.

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.

New Enterprise Agreement

Notification to Parents and Guardians regarding the ongoing negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement.

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?'

Teacher learning community focuses on sustainability

Catholic school teachers and leaders from the Diocese of Parramatta, schools outside the diocese, and the NSW Department of Education met at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre on Wednesday 19 March to form a professional learning community (PLC) for sustainability.

CEDP Privacy Policy

New Privacy Policy for CEDP

Education Mass commissions 12 new principals and 120 teachers in the Parramatta Diocese

Twelve principals and 120 beginning teachers were commissioned into their roles of leadership and service in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta at the annual Education Mass held at St Patrick’s Church in Blacktown on Thursday 6 March 2014.

St Thomas Aquinas Principal named Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year for bushfire bravery

St Thomas Aquinas Primary, Springwood principal, Sergio Rosato was named Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year for the leadership he showed in evacuating 500 students during the October bushfires last year.