Diocese of Wollongong schools celebrate the 200 Years

1 Mar 2021

Kindergarten students from Holy Cross Catholic Primary, Helensburgh, with their new school timeline. Source: Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong.

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) have commenced their celebrations for the bicentenary during their annual Catholic Schools Week (CSW) which ran from 1-7 March.

The theme for the CSW 2021 tied into the bicentenary theme ‘Faith in the future’, and all Catholic schools across the diocese participated in a range of activities including Masses, liturgies, open days, as well as historic games to celebrate.

Director of schools Peter Hill said as we pause this week to reflect on the important work of Catholic education, we remember the intergenerational contributions that preceded us and that we continue to build upon.

“Since the very first Catholic school was established in New South Wales in 1820, countless children and young people have benefitted from the dedication and commitment of faith-filled staff in our Catholic schools,” he said in a statement.

“When the pioneers of Catholic education in Australia taught their first lesson, I doubt they fully comprehended the resounding impact their actions would have 200 years later.

“When future students and educators stop to celebrate 400 years of Catholic education in Australia, I’m confident they will remember our contribution as one full of passion, faith and tireless dedication to the mission of Catholic education,” Peter said.

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in Helensburgh has over 100 years of Catholic education history.

The school officially unveiled their newly-designed timeline representing the school’s history which includes information from its opening as a Convent school, to the official opening by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, to the creation of modern learning spaces.

All students and teachers took part in COVID-safe small group liturgies to celebrate the school’s past, present and future contributions to 200 years of Catholic education in Australia.


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