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Outstanding Achievements

Sunday 16 November 2014

There are many aspects of life in Catholic schools that rarely attract a great deal of attention in the busyness of school life. In the final days of last week I experienced three particular dimensions of school life that highlight both the high quality of our students and the dedication of school and CSO staff.


On Thursday I met with Mrs Niamh Marzol, Principal of St James Primary School, Muswellbrook who had, that day, coordinated the Diocesan Primary Schools Public Speaking competition in the Victor Peters Suite. Niamh reported on the outstanding performance of the various Primary students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who participated in the competition and the very high standard of public speaking they demonstrated. Niamh and our three Education Officers (Primary Curriculum) were very excited by the presentations of a number of students, reporting the comments of the adjudicators who were effusive in their praise of the students’ performances.

On Thursday evening I attended the annual School Leaders retreat at Riverwood Downs. This gathering of Stage 6 student leaders from our schools is a highlight of my year and once again I was privileged to meet and engage with this large group of outstanding young people who will lead their schools with distinction in 2015. This retreat was coordinated by staff from St Catherine’s Catholic College K-12, Singleton along with the support of Fr Brian Mascord, the Vicar General of our diocese and staff of other schools. Fr Brian was one of the instigators of this retreat in 2008.

On Friday evening I received a message from Carmel Tapley, CSO Education Officer (Secondary Curriculum) who was reporting the results of the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Debating Championships that took place in Sydney and were completed on Friday night. Carmel very excitedly advised that two of our schools had won the State final for their year group, a very difficult task for one diocese to achieve in the one year.

St Pius X High School, Adamstown’s Year 7 debating team won their division in the country schools’ category and then were required to compete against the metropolitan champion school, St Ignatius College, Riverview, a school renowned for its high quality debating team.

The St Pius X team consisted of Olga Scorer, Jasmine Brown and Summer Harrison. They performed brilliantly as the negative team for the topic “Sports stars make good role models” and defeated their Riverview competitors.

St Clare’s High School, Taree’s Year 8 debating team also won the country schools final and took on the boys from The Cathedral College, Sydney in the State final. Finn Fagerstom, Ben de Berg and Luke Strong, arguing the positive to the same topic as the Year 7s, excelled in their debate taking out the State Championship. In 2013 these boys also won the State Championship in the Year 7 Division.

There are 2 common elements in these events. The first is the high quality and great skill of the young people who were engaged in the public speaking, debating and student leadership retreat. The second is the dedication and commitment of school and CSO staff in enabling the students to participate in these exciting and beneficial experiences.

To all of them I extend my sincere congratulations and deep appreciation of all that is done in our schools to demonstrate the high quality of our students and the opportunities afforded them. In particular I extend my thanks to the coaches of our State Championship winning debating teams.


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