Catholic schools seek Western Sydney University’s best and brightest

Kate Kelly enjoyed sharing her experience working in Catholic education with WSU students.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta was delighted to contribute to #EdFest2021, an online event facilitated by Western Sydney University.

EdFest is the University’s annual Teaching Careers expo and provides a valuable opportunity for the 260 participants, who will be the teachers of tomorrow, to ask questions of representatives from the Catholic, Independent and Public education sectors.

St Patrick’s Marist College Dundas Instructional Leader Kate Kelly was a panellist in an afternoon session entitled “Which Sector is Right for Me?” which enabled an open conversation about future employment in Catholic education. Kate shared her experiences of working for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.

Of particular interest were how early career teachers can support the development of their students’ Catholic worldview, the support structures in place for beginning teachers; specifically in regards to NESA accreditation, the recruitment process, our targeted graduate program, the availability of ongoing professional learning opportunities and how school systems leverage opportunities to be innovative in our response to students need.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby said that EdFest is an important opportunity to attract the best and brightest to serve students in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

“We’re committed to transforming the learning of our students and enriching the professional lives of staff within a Catholic learning community,” Greg said. “The chance to change the lives and learning for these young people is really something to get excited about.”

Catholic schools educate around one in four students in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. With 80 great local schools, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta is looking for passionate and professional people who can respond to the challenges and opportunities of schooling in today’s world.

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