August 18, 2018

Author Archive | Debbie Cramsie


The Teen Singing His Way to the UK

From St Mary’s Cathedral College to Cambridge College, Beverly Hills teenager Perrin Ford is taking his studies a world away! The Year 11 student is travelling more than 30,000 kms to study music at the prestigious institution in the UK. One of the first students from the Sydney Archdiocese to be accepted into the program, […]


Nothing Good Goes to Waste

The students at Paddington’s St Francis of Assisi primary school take their motto – In Giving We Receive – very seriously. The school had more than 100 pieces of furniture it no longed needed, including desks and chairs, so rather than taking the easier and far less costly option of disposing of them, they decided […]


Support Floods in for Struggling Farmers

You’re never too young to make a difference. Just ask 11-year-old James De Szoeke who herded his whole school community together to help the state’s desperate farmers this week. The inspiring Year 6 student from St Fiacre’s Primary School in Leichhardt persuaded students to swap uniforms for flannelette shirts, cowboy hats and boots and take […]


HELP – the four letter word you shouldn’t be afraid of

We all know parenting can be a tough – but also extremely rewarding – job. At times, family life can be moving along well and at others, there may be challenges which push you and your child to your limits. Anxiety, bullying, learning difficulties, cyber safety, peer group pressure or family conflict can leave you […]


Why Sarah is an inspiration to us all

To win one of Sarah’s X-large candles send an email to with “Candle” in the subject line and supply your name, address and phone contact. Good luck!   Little Sarah Brookes has been through more in her 11 years than most people encounter in a lifetime. Diagnosed in 2016 with osteosarcoma in her tibia, a rare […]


Meet the mighty tech superheroes

Australian school children are among the most stressed in the world according to latest research, so a group of tech-savvy young students has developed an app to help alleviate the pressure. Year 5 students from St Joseph’s at Como – Oyster Bay have created a HappyNess app, which provides five ways to help girls overcome […]


Meet Menai’s Von Trapp family singers

Menai lays claim to its very own Von Trapp family singers. The five siblings from Sydney’s south all have incredible musical ability and have performed in some of Australia’s leading productions. From Matilda, The Lion King, Love Never Dies, Macbeth and Cats, the big-budget shows have featured members of the talented Puse family. And while […]


Travelling to Ireland with a lot more than luck

  Irish-born Sinead Kent is returning to her native homeland to share faith, friendship and formation with over 30,000 “family members”. She is one of seven Family Educators from the Sydney Archdiocese selected to attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin later this month. Held every three years, the event brings together pilgrims from […]


School funding key topic at PM meeting

Archbishops from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have met with Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull in Sydney to discuss school funding. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the conference, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, its vice-president, and Melbourne Archbishop-designate Peter A. Comensoli attended the meeting following the Government’s admission earlier this month that its funding model […]


Matching Sydney’s iconic architecture

Retired carpenter Norm Grundy has the patience of a saint. He has spent more than 1700 hours constructing a scale model of St Mary’s Cathedral completely out of matchsticks. The mini-masterpiece took months to complete, with about 80,000 matchsticks delicately sanded and glued into place. Today, the model is on display inside the real thing. […]


The angel of Sydney’s waterfront

Whether it’s a seafarer not being fed, paid or being ill-treated Sister Mary Leahy is always there to champion those without a voice. The Josephite nun is also the first they call on if unable to contact loved ones after a death in the family or just desperately lonely and homesick after spending months on […]


300 years old and still inspiring

They may be a little frail and say they are more than a little forgetful, but what Ken Harris, Jean Roberts and Jack Potts lack in energy, they more than make up for in wisdom. Having lived through wars, moon landings and even nine Popes, the trio celebrated their 100th birthdays last week in front […]