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With NAPLAN returning this week for the first time since COVID-19, local schools are preparing to support students in the Nation-wide assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. For many schools, this is the first time that NAPLAN will be conducted online. Read more...
In late February, Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP) hosted their regular LIFTED sessions online, featuring music, prayer, reflection and action for primary school students, Year 12 leaders, young adults and Faith in Action Team (FIAT) teachers across the Diocese of Parramatta. FIAT teachers work together to offer additional opportunities for faith formation to students within their school community. Read more...
This year 661 students from Catholic schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains stepped up to take the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge! In total, 4185 books were read as part of the competition: over 1000 more books than last year! Today the winners were announced. Read more...
In the final days of the summer holidays, more than 500 leaders from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) schools gathered virtually to prepare for the 2021 school year. Read more...
About 80 Blue Mountains children, including St Thomas Aquinas Primary School students, hung colourful handmade Christmas decorations on the tree in Manners Park. Read more...
St Thomas Aquinas Springwood Year 6 student Ruby Roberts has won the 2020 Blue Mountains Gazette Design-An-Ad competition, with classmate Amelia Crouch receiving a Highly Commended award. The students were challenged to design an advertisement for a local business, with the best of these appearing in a recent edition of the popular local newspaper. Read more...
Sr Monica retires with flying colours of red, navy and gold after 25 years of service at St Thomas Aquinas Primary. Read more...

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This week, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools will celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Rescheduled due to COVID-19, NAIDOC Week events include smoking ceremonies, an all-schools dance lesson streamed through Youtube and the virtual Murama Indigenous Youth Summit. Read more...
It has been a difficult year for all of us, but it can be especially hard if all of the distractions happened in your first year of ‘big school’. Read more...
The new visual literacy program at St Thomas Aquinas Primary Springwood has been a major success, introducing students to a new aspect of the creative arts, in this case photography. It’s also helping improve engagement and enhance learning for Literacy, History and other subjects. Read more...