Catholic schools across Sydney celebrate 200 years of Catholic education

3 Mar 2021

Above: Students celebrate at Galilee Catholic Primary School Bondi

Schools across the Archdiocese of Sydney have begun their celebrations for the 200 years of Catholic education in Australia.

Holy Spirit Catholic Primary, Carnes Hill students celebrated with a special outdoor assembly and liturgy, with prayer and song.

Students at Mary MacKillop Catholic College Wakeley were presented with prayer cards and the Year 12 Student executive leaders led the College in prayer and listened to ‘Faith in the Future’ national song performed by Fr Rob Galea.

St Fiacre’s Catholic Primary, Leichhardt students participated in a range of activities including playing games from schools 200 years ago and joined in a special prayer liturgy.

Students at McAuley Catholic Primary School Rose Bay

Sydney Catholic Schools executive director Tony Farley visited Marist Catholic College, North Shore, one of Sydney’s oldest schools, to sit down with his former St Mary’s classmate George Germanos and his teachers Sr Kathleen and Sr Margaret to talk to them about their lives and work.

Tony said for much of Catholic education’s 200-year history, religious sisters and brothers ran and staffed Catholic schools.

“The story of Catholic education is inextricably linked to their commitment and personal sacrifice,” he said.

Watch the full discussion below.


Pioneer Catholic Educator remembered

Pioneer Catholic Educator remembered

Image: Fr John Neill OP OAM with Blackfriars Priory School students in 2016.  For 200 years Catholic schools have been established and staffed by pioneer clergy, religious and lay educators, many of whom devoted their entire lives to Catholic education.  "Let us not...

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