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Australian Training Awards 2017 Finalists

Loyola Trade Training Centre and McCarthy Trade Training Centre were successful in becoming one of three Australian finalists in this year’s Australian Training Awards. Whilst we were not winners we were recognised nationally as having an exemplary educational program that caters for the diverse needs of so many students. Read more…

From bottom of the class to dux: Kristen scores entry into medical science

Once top of the class in primary school, Kristen struggled to keep her marks up during senior grades, coming last in her cohort in English by the end of her penultimate schooling year. She made the bold decision to move schools, to Loyola Senior College in Mount Druitt at the start of year 12, where she "knuckled down”. She has now made dux of her school and received an early offer to study medical science at the University of NSW. Read more...

Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017

Loyola students recently participated in the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney Olympic Park and the Domain in the city. Throughout the three days, Sydney Olympic Park was transformed into a Catholic hub for entertainment, evangelisation and promoted opportunities for open dialogue on hot topic issues facing the Catholic Church.

Loyola students win Victor Chang 2016 Science Awards

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute held its Annual Science Award Ceremony for Year 11 students at Blacktown Civic Centre on Tuesday 14 November, 2017. This year three Loyola students were recognised for outstanding achievements in Science. Read more...

Loyola show good form at the 2017 Jesuit Basketball Carnival

During the October school holidays, our Loyola Boys Basketball team travelled to Xavier College, Kew in Melbourne to compete at the 2017 Jesuit Basketball Carnival. While there were no wins, our team showed some outstanding individual performances on the court. Namely, Matthew Ward and Isaac Bullen, who made the All Australian Jesuit Basketball Team for 2017. For his display of sportsmanship off and on the court Jaycob Scimmager was awarded the Spirit of Loyola Award. Read more...

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 Secondary students

Cyberwise awareness for Secondary students.

Cyberwise - The making of

Four students from St Mark's Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens​ share their experiences in making the Cyberwise video.

Scam SMS Notification Alert

Recently some Loyola parents received scam SMS's regarding student absences, click on this link for further information

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.

Loyola’s Science experiment success on Q&A

On Monday 14 March 2016, Science students from Loyola Senior High, Mount Druitt attended the ABC studios for the live airing of Q&A.

Schools get into the spirit for Catholic Schools Week

From 6-12 March 2016 Catholic Schools in NSW and ACT celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity for Catholic schools to open their doors to showcase learning and teaching at its best with a range of activities and events planned for students and parents during the week.

Catholic Schools Week 2016

I belong. You belong. We belong.

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.

Diocese to set to compete in Worldskills again in 2016

The VETiS (VET in Schools) Competition projects are aligned with National Training Packages and provides an opportunity for students to showcase the knowledge and skills.

Jump Up & Down 4 Kids

At midday on Friday 13 November 2015, primary and secondary schools from across the Diocese of Parramatta, as well as staff from the education office participated in the Jump Up & Down 4 Kids campaign to raise awareness against the detention of children.

Leading for Success at Principals’ Masterclass

The annual Principals’ Masterclass was held on 8 and 9 October 2015, at Rooty Hill RSL, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

Blacktown Mayoral History Competition

Blacktown Mayoral History Competition

Recruitment time for Year 12 Trade Training Centre students

On Tuesday 25 August 2015, 12 students from Loyola Senior High, Mount Druitt’s Trade Training Centre attended interviews with the Australian Training Company to secure employment in various fields including business services, tourism, hairdressing, shopfitting and children services.

Bishop of Parramatta Awards recognise student excellence

The annual Bishop’s Award for Student Excellence which recognises the religious and academic achievement of Year 12 students across the Diocese of Parramatta.

Reading Recovery teachers focus on improving students’ oral language

Reading Recovery teachers recently took part in a professional learning day.

Loyola students immerse themselves in Bourke

On 21 June 2015, Loyola Senior High and Catholic Trade Training Centre, Mt Druitt students picked up their tools and set off for a five-day social justice immersion trip to St Ignatius Parish School, Bourke.

St Ignatius feast day inspires multicultural celebration

On Tuesday 20 July 2015, Loyola Senior High, Mount Druitt held their annual St Ignatius Feast Day celebrations. Students from St Ignatius College, Riverview and Good Shepherd Primary, Plumpton joined Loyola in the celebrations at the college.

Dick Smith visits Loyola

The students of Loyola Senior High, Mount Druitt were buzzing with excitement with the visit of Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith.

Catholic Student Leaders' Forum

More than 75 student leaders from secondary schools across the Diocese of Parramatta met at St Patrick's Cathedral Hall on Tuesday 5 May.

Stop Work Action Suspended

The Stop Work Action for next Tuesday 28 April has been suspended. School will be on as normal.

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.

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.

Valentines Day Stall

Great fundraiser organised by the Vinnies Group at Loyola Senior High.

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.

New Principals welcomed in 2015

As the school year gets underway, we welcome a number of new Principals to schools across the Diocese of Parramatta.

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.

Diocese records outstanding results in 2014 HSC

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta has seen some exceptional results in the 2014 Higher School Certificate (HSC) with a number of schools making significant improvements in their overall results.

School-based trainees offered employment contracts

An exciting opportunity has been offered to four Year 12 Trade Training Centre students who are currently studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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.

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.

Good luck to our 2014 HSC students

This year, a record number of 79,679 students are enrolled in Higher School Certificate (HSC) courses with more than 2,800 from the Parramatta diocese.

Loyola Senior High student receives award for excellence

Ashleigh Fulwood from Loyola Senior High School, Mount Druitt recently received the annual Bishop of Parramatta Award for Student Excellence, which recognise the religious and academic achievement of senior secondary students across the Diocese of Parramatta.

Worthy recipients of Bishop of Parramatta Awards for Student Excellence 2014

The annual Bishop of Parramatta Awards for Student Excellence, which recognises the religious and academic achievement of senior secondary students across the Diocese of Parramatta, were held at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday 11 September.

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.

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.

Loyola students helping out in Bourke

Loyola Senior High Trade Training students travelled to St Ignatius Primary School in Bourke recently for the annual five-day social justice immersion.

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.

Trade training at school provides head start in critical trade areas

McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre assistant principal, John Wills, said trade training courses are not only a great employment pathway for secondary students, they also help to address the skills shortage in trades such as brick and blocklaying.

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.

It takes two: She believes in us, even if we fail to believe in ourselves

Catholic schooling is a work of love and nowhere is the work of love and learning more evident than in the relationship between teacher and student. Research highlights that teachers’ belief and commitments are the greatest influence on students’ achievements.

Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre Information Night

Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre (CTTC) invites Year 10 students and their parents to an information evening. Tour our state-of-the-art facilities and talk to our experienced trade teachers about the right trade for you.

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

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.

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.

Dick Smith shares his secrets for success with students at Loyola Senior High

Entrepreneur and Aussie icon, Dick Smith, paid a special visit to students at Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt to tour the school’s trade training centre, meet with students and share his secrets for success at a special assembly.

McCarthy Catholic College kicks off Catholic Schools Week with hospitality challenge

On Friday 7 March, McCarthy Catholic College hosted the first Hotel Management Institute (HMI) Challenge.