2014 Events Program

In 2014 the Catholic Education Foundation achieved immense success from its fundraising initiatives. Foundation sponsors and donors as well as Sydney Catholic Schools staff and business partners all showed wonderful support for the cause, achieving a strong fundraising result for the foundation bursary fund.

  • Aussie Barbeque  
    11 February 
    Barbeque lunch for staff held at the Sydney Catholic Schools central office. Funds raised were donated to the foundation bursary fund.
  • Staff Big Day Out Raffle
    28 February 

    Raffle for Sydney Catholic Schools office staff, prizes included hampers and liquor. Funds raised were donated to the foundation bursary fund.
  • Roger Woodward Dinner & Concert
     10 June
    The Catholic Education Foundation held a dinner and concert featuring world renowned pianist Roger Woodward and highly talented students from Catholic Schools Performing Arts Sydney (CASPA) to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary category. Held in the O’Grady Centre Auditorium of the Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood, the event hosted 200 guests, including Foundation sponsors and business partners of Sydney Catholic Schools. The event was a wonderful success and positive feedback was abundant from those who attended, with the evening enjoyed by all.
  • Soup Kitchen – National Refugee Week
     19 June
    Talented in house chef Tim Ryan prepared a variety of soups for Sydney Catholic Schools office staff in support of the Refugee Bursary category during National Refugee Week. The annual fundraiser is one of the most popular amongst staff.
  • Mary Mackillop Feast Day
     8 August
    Schools supported the foundation via holding their own fundraising activity for a gold coin donation. Some of the activities held included a hot chocolate day, scarf and beanie day and mufti day. Participating schools raised a total of over $9,000 for the bursary fund, a fantastic effort! Sincerest thank you to the following schools for their support:
  • Aquinas Catholic College Menai
  • Christ the King Catholic School Bass Hill
  • Clancy Catholic College West Hoxton
  • De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Caringbah
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Kingsgrove
  • Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Primary School Fairfield
  • Our Lady of The Sacred Heart College Kensington
  • St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Annandale
  • St Declan’s Catholic Primary School Penshurst
  • St John Vianney Catholic Primary School Greenacre
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Belmore
  • Villa Maria Catholic Primary School Hunters Hill
  • Have You Got Talent? Competition
     9 September
    Sydney Catholic Schools and Catholic Schools Performing Arts Sydney (CASPA) held the grand final of the Have You Got Talent? competition at the O’Grady Centre Auditorium of the Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood. The evening showcased talented students from all regions of Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic schools who competed in the talent quest.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the various stages of the competition. Special congratulations to the three winners; David Zheng Yr 7 student at Casimir Catholic College, Marrickville (Judges Choice Award), Isabelle Hanly Yr 12 student at De La Salle Catholic College, Cronulla (Judges Choice Award), and Michael Benson Yr 12 student at Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton (People’s Choice Award).

The event helped to raise awareness of the Catholic Education Foundation with proceeds from the sale of each ticket donated to the foundation bursary fund. Thank you to the following school communities who together helped to raise over $7,000!

  • Clancy Catholic College West Hoxton
  • Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook
  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School Menai
  • John The Baptist Catholic Primary School Bonnyrigg Heights
  • Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Caringbah
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Kingsgrove
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School Earlwood
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School Bonnyrigg Mt Pritchard
  • Our Lady of The Annunciation Catholic Primary School Pagewood
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School Miranda
  • St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School Clovelly
  • St Catherine Laboure Catholic Primary School Gymea
  • St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic Primary School Paddington
  • St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Arncliffe
  • St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School Lidcombe
  • St John Bosco Catholic Primary School Engadine
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood
  • St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Lane Cove
  • St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Meadowbank
  • St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School South Hurstville
  • Trinity Catholic College Auburn

“It was a fantastic showcase of the talent of young people in our schools, it was one of those events that you were hoping wouldn’t come to an end.”

– CaSPA Online

  • NRL Grand Final Footy BBQ / Footy Tipping Competition
     3 October
    Barbeque lunch held at the Sydney Catholic Schools office for staff. $10 from each entry into the footy tipping competition was donated to the foundation bursary fund.
  • Pie, Pea & Mash Lunch
     22 October
    Delicious handmade pies and pea mash lunch held at the Sydney Catholic Schools office for staff. The pies were a sell out with all proceeds donated to the bursary fund.
  • Melbourne Cup Luncheon
     4 November
    Sydney Catholic Schools office hosted a buffet lunch for staff to celebrate the race that stops the nation! Kevin Greene was a wonderful MC who ensured staff enjoyed the afternoon. Staff members were asked to wear their favourite hat, fascinator or tie with a prize awarded for the best in each category. A Melbourne Cup trivia competition was also held, staff from the two winning tables received a free morning tea or lunch at the hospitality centre. Positive feedback was received, with much commentary that the event was very enjoyable and better every year!
  • Christmas Raffle
    Annual raffle for Sydney Catholic Schools office staff was drawn in December. All monies raised from raffle tickets sold was donated to the foundation bursary fund. Thank you to staff who supported the fundraiser.
  • Christmas Puddings
    Handmade by talented in house chef Tim Ryan, the puddings are available in three sizes for Sydney Catholic Schools staff to purchase each Christmas with all proceeds donated to the bursary fund.
  • Sponsors Christmas drinks
     20 November
    To acknowledge and thank our generous foundation sponsors for their support in 2014, Christmas drinks and canapes were provided on the evening at the Sydney Catholic Schools office.

Talented singer Elizabeth Daher, Yr 12 student at St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove and CaSPA member and CaSPA music advisor, James Long performed a range of Christmas tunes for guests on arrival. Dr Dan White, Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools gave a heartfelt speech on the role and importance of the Catholic Education Foundation and sponsor’s valuable contribution to achieving the foundation’s mission.

The CEF would like to acknowledge Maria Russo, Director and the team from Dancefever Multisport, sponsor of the CEF who generously prepared and donated eight Christmas hampers. The hampers were donated to St Therese Catholic Primary School Sadleir-Miller where there is a significant need to support many families in the local community.

  • School Fundraising Activities
    Throughout the year Primary and Secondary schools held their own fundraising initiatives and showed wonderful support for the foundation, raising a total of over $15,700. Sincerest thank you and appreciation to the following schools for their generous support.
  • All Hallows Catholic Primary School Five Dock
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School Clifton Gardens
  • Casimir Catholic College Marrickville
  • Clancy Catholic College West Hoxton
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School North Ryde
  • Marcellin College Randwick
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Kingsgrove
  • Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood
  • St Aloysius Catholic Primary School Cronulla
  • St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Concord West
  • St Catherine Laboure Catholic Primary School Gymea
  • St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Holsworthy
  • St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Panania
  • St Clare’s College Waverley
  • St Gabriel’s Catholic School Bexley
  • St John Bosco Catholic Primary School Engadine
  • St John Vianney Catholic Primary School Greenacre
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Como
  • St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School Auburn South
  • St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Concord
  • St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Belfield
  • St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Stanmore
  • St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Summer Hill
  • St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Sutherland
  • St Patrick’s College Sutherland
  • St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School South Hurstville
  • St Thomas More’s Catholic School Brighton-Le-Sands

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