Christmas Wishes & CEF Office Closure
As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to thank all our donors, partners and supporters of the Catholic Education Foundation.
The Catholic Education Foundation will close at 3pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and will reopen on Wednesday 13 January 2021.
We wish you a very Happy, Holy and Blessed Christmas and much Peace and Joy for the New Year ahead.
Thank you to all our Community and Corporate Partners in 2020
The Catholic Education Foundation recognises and thanks both our Corporate and Community partners for all their support during the 2020 school year.
While 2020 was a year that none of us could predict, it is because of the support of our partners that we have been able to assist our disadvantaged families, especially those that have found themselves in financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through our bursary program.
We are blessed that each of you share our vision and mission to support our students and families in need, wishing to choose to educate their children in one of our 150 schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.
We look forward to your continued support in 2021.
SCS Staff Christmas 2020 Foodbank Drive for House of Welcome
In the lead up to Christmas, the Catholic Education Foundation asked Sydney Catholic Schools head office staff for donations for the House of Welcome’s Food Bank.
Established by a group of volunteers, the House of Welcome provides housing and welfare services to people seeking asylum in Australia. In this increasingly difficult year, the House of Welcome is providing support for over 440 clients this Christmas, some of which are families of Sydney Catholic schools.
Both the CEF and House of Welcome were overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the Sydney Catholic School’s staff!
Club Marconi Provides ClubGrant for CIEC Fairfield & Wakeley Students
The Catholic Education Foundation were honoured to be awarded with a ClubGrant from Club Marconi to provide a total of 10 iPads for students in our Catholic Intensive English Centres (CIEC) at Patrician Brothers College, Fairfield and Mary MacKillop College, Wakeley.
We are incredibly grateful for the support of Club Marconi, particularly for our newly arrived students who will use the iPads in their learning, especially to improve their English.
World Refugee Day
On World Refugee Day (20 June) our colleagues at Sydney Catholic Schools shared the stories of some of the ways that we support our refugee students and families in our Sydney Catholic schools.
Read the full story here: http://tiny.cc/fm7zqz
Supporting Refugee Students & their Families during the Pandemic
When the COVID-19 pandemic started back in March, the Catholic Education Foundation’s manager, Liz Fenech, made a call to Sydney Catholic Schools Refugee and Liaison Officer, Paula Frivola, to ask what our refugee community needed most during the lockdown.
It was identified that not only did a large number of both our primary and secondary refugee students needed resources to continue their learning from home, but also 100 families were in dire need of essential items due to financial constraints and not being eligible for income support.
‘We didn’t want to ask for cash donations at this trying time, so we reached out to one of our long standing corporate partners, LJ Harper for support in relation education resources and to Woolworths to help with some of our families’ essential needs’, Liz said.
It gave us great joy to be able to deliver these items to a number of our primary and secondary schools, particularly in the South West of Sydney, and are very grateful to all involved, particularly LJ Harper and Woolworths in their generosity to support this initiative.