June 19, 2018

Author Archive | Debbie Cramsie


Timeless beauty has facelift at Lewisham

St Thomas’ Church at Lewisham is about as close as you can get to a place where heaven and earth meet. One of the oldest in the Archdiocese, it has undergone a stunning renovation, painstakingly restored to its former glory and equally-as-important beauty. The three-year restoration on the Pugin-inspired neo-gothic building erected in 1851 enlisted […]


Principals join Archbishop and priests for summit

While we were always taught education was about the three R’s, today that’s become the three P’s. Priests, principals and parents are the three cornerstones of Catholic education into the future according to Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. Speaking to about 250 principals and parish priests from the archdiocese on Tuesday, the Archbishop revealed how […]


These teacher’s boots are made for walkin’

Walking 275kms in 14 days across at times rough terrain while sleeping in hostels surrounded by strangers and very little privacy might not be every grown-up’s idea of the perfect holiday, but for a group of teachers from Villa Maria Primary School at Hunters Hill it was the trip of a lifetime. Traditionally, school holidays […]


On a wing and a prayer

Young Carmen Ngutavai is about to embark on a trip of a lifetime with 1200 prayers going with her – literally. The Year 11 student from St Ursula’s College at Kingsgrove has the entire school community behind her raising the much-needed funds to get her to Panama for World Youth Day 2019. From Year 7 […]


How to choose safe apps and games

How often have you been busy making dinner or in the middle of something when one of your children asks if it’s okay to download the latest app or game on their device? Sometimes it seems easier to say yes, especially if, at first glance, the game or app looks fairly innocent and popular. Unfortunately, it may […]


Domremy students eclipse world record

We all want our kids to reach for the stars and the students from Domremy College have achieved something quite literally out of this world. The Five Dock secondary school helped the Australian National University (ANU) smash its Guinness World Record for the Most People Stargazing across multiple venues at the same time. About 150 students, teachers and parents […]


200 million copies sold and still counting

WIN a signed copy of Jeff Kinney’s latest book Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Getaway. To be in the running email your name and contact details to giveaways@sydneycatholic.org One of the world’s biggest-selling children’s authors recently met with students from St Mel’s Primary School at Campsie – a school almost as culturally diverse as […]


Meet the YouTube teaching sensation

A dyslexic teacher from Sydney’s south has taken the world by storm, attracting more than three million views to his YouTube channel inspiring a generation of children to embrace learning through music. Known as Rocking Dan the Teaching Man, Dan Colquhoun, 44, has risen to international fame with his catchy teaching lessons set to rock […]


Most popular Confirmation names for 2018

The first round of Confirmations has started with about 5000 students being confirmed in the coming few months. Everyone remembers their Confirmation. It’s a time when young adults stand up and take ownership of their faith journey. In addition to receiving the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety […]


North Shore’s first co-ed Catholic secondary school

  For the first time in 130 years, Sydney’s north shore will have a Catholic co-educational secondary school. Marist College North Shore will accept female students from 2021, and provide an innovative, educational precinct catering for students – both male and female – from pre-school up to Year 12. The radical change is a plan […]

Court finds Adelaide Archbishop guilty

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse at a hearing in Newcastle Local Court. The 67-year-old was accused of covering up abuse by priest Jim Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s. Following the verdict, Archbishop Wilson said he was considering his options. “I am obviously disappointed […]


Revved to help those doing it tough

While most students struggle to keep up with juggling sport, homework and casual jobs in between full time study – one remarkable teenager manages to fit it all in and still have time to organise charity events for those in need. The young entrepreneur has raised more than $6000 for children’s charity Variety, and is […]