October 19, 2018

Author Archive | Debbie Cramsie


The Man Who Inspired the Ranger’s Apprentice

To win one of 10 SIGNED  copies of John Flanagan’s latest book The Royal Ranger send your name, email and postal address to [email protected] Good luck! John Flanagan is one of Australia’s biggest selling authors and he’s got one of his Catholic school teachers to thank for it! With more than 15 million books sold in […]


Student ‘En Garde’ for the 2018 Games

Robert Ciccarelli lives by the sword – literally! The talented teenager is Australia’s top ranking fencer in his age division and one of three representatives from Sydney Catholic Schools heading to the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires next month. Also making the Australian team of 88 athletes are sailor Will Cooley from Waverley College […]


Casting on to Help Those Most Deserving

Untangling faith and stitching it up in everyday life is what Mary Westall does. The Family Educator at St Charles’ primary school at Waverley has introduced a knitting club at the school where students like nothing more than having a yarn while knitting colourful squares that are sewn up to make blankets for those in […]


Taking a Snapshot of the World’s Beauty

It’s the simplest things can so often be overlooked, so an innovative program aimed at promoting an attitude of gratitude is being rolled out across Sydney Catholic Schools. In an Australian-first, the program called Snapshots: Discovering God in My Day is being introduced in primary schools during Terms 3 and 4. It will reach more […]

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Anxiety the Number 1 Issue Affecting Students

Eight-year-olds vomiting with exam stress, 11-year-olds self-harming, 12-year-olds refusing to eat due to peer group pressure over body shapes. Childhood is supposed to be the happiest and most carefree time of our lives yet as the stresses of society increase so do the number of students with mental health disorders. Anxiety IS the number one […]


20 Last Minute Ideas to Make Dad’s Day Special

As a special surprise for Dads, we are giving away 10 copies of High Five to the Boys, a book celebrating the achievements of brilliant Australian men. From astronaut Andy Thomas to YouTube maths teacher Eddie Woo, sportsman Johnathan Thurston and dancer David McAllister, the book aims to inspire conversations and pique the curiosity of […]


Meet the Incredible Blind Student with a Vision for the Future

Despite being completely blind, seeing the beauty in others is what drives Chris Shaw. The Year 12 student from Fairfield’s Patrician Brothers College has just completed his trial HSC and despite the unimaginable daily challenges he still manages to smile and see the bright side in those around him. The inspiring young man with a […]


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 […]