After a very different summer holiday with COVID 19 health orders and border closes, it has been great to return to school. Some aspects of our lives have become more unpredictable, for example planning overseas travel. However in this chaotic world there is one certainty, at Catherine McAuley Westmead, we take our business of learning very seriously. After an absence of time it is always wonderful to see familiar faces and welcome those who are new to our school community.
The Religious Education (RE) Team welcomes three new staff members to our faculty: Miss Elizabeth Pasion, Miss Julia Shipley and Mrs Colleen Kofron.
We are also very pleased that existing members of staff, Mrs Talitha Flynn and Mrs Diane Jarosevski have also joined the RE Faculty.
Despite the difficulties of last year, the Graduating Class of 2020 performed well in both the Studies of Religion I and Studies of Religion II courses. Once again, both courses were above state average and we congratulate these students and their teachers on their achievements.
The rationale of the Studies of Religion (SOR) syllabus states “SOR provides a learning experience that prepares students for further education and training, employment and full and active participation as citizens within society.” Perhaps some of the tensions played out in world events may have been avoided if the participants had included Studies of Religion (SOR) in their learning schedules. Venerable Catherine McAuley’s vision was that those in her care must equip themselves to take their place in the world and in Westmead we continue this legacy.
In 2021, students in Stage Five - Years 9 and 10 are now studying the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s Draft New Curriculum (DNC). Through inquiry learning they will explore complex issues including : The relevance of knowing and imitating Jesus as a way to enhance all human flourishing and The significance of Indigenous Spirituality to contemporary Australian life. Later in the year, Stage Four - Years 7 and 8 will begin their learning journey with the DNC.
Thank you to our families for their continuing support of our endeavours here at Catherine McAuley Westmead. We look forward to sharing with you the successes of your daughters throughout the year.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator