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14 Kora Centre Health and educational services to those in need


8 Faith in the Future Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce

“...If I, then, the Lord and Master,

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In this Issue 27 of The Record Magazine, we take a look at the issue of Community. Communities, particularly the


Catholic communities of our parishes, agencies and schools, are helpful to join or create because they provide support to the individuals who are impacted by the daily stress, struggles and chaos of modern life. And so, looking at the good works of our community, we speak to Sr Chitra from the Servite Sisters, who gives an insight into the work of the Kora Centre, which delivers a range of health and educational services for children from all backgrounds who may experience a

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greater likelihood of hardship. Executive Director of Catholic

From Archbishop Timothy Costelloe 

Education Western Australia, Dr Debra Sayce, speaks about

From Bishop Donald Sproxton 

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the tremendous resilience and creativity of the human spirit and the significance of purposeful mission and service within within our Catholic School communities. Siobhan Allen from Catholic School Parents WA explains the importance of parents as first educators.

IN THIS EDITION Community Theme  Plenary Council Delegates 

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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB speaks with students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Hilton, St Patrick’s Primary School Fremantle, and Our Lady of Fatima Primary School Palmyra about servant leadership in September 2020. Photo: Matthew Lau.

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The Church: Home and School of Communion


years ago, Saint John Paul II wrote a letter

of the most eloquent ways in which we can live out our God-

to the whole Church in which he set out

given vocation. This is one of the reasons why in our Catholic

his vision for the Church in the new

tradition, we often speak of the family as the domestic church.

millennium, which was just beginning.

It is here, hopefully, that we first begin to experience what it

The letter was given the name: Novo

means to live in a communion of love.

Millennio Ineunte.

Of course, it was only with the coming of

In this letter, the Pope made a statement

Christ that God revealed to us the true

which many people have found surprising.

meaning of what it means to be created in

“To make the Church the home and the school

the image and likeness of God. Jesus revealed

of communion: that is the great challenge facing us in the millennium which is now beginning if we wish to be faithful to God‘s plan and respond to the world’s deepest yearnings” (NMI 43). While some people would have expected the Pope to name some of the major moral, social or even doctrinal issues as the greatest challenge facing the Church it should not really be surprising that he should speak of communion, for this was at the heart of the

“This is one of the reasons why in our Catholic tradition

to us the mystery of the divine Trinity: that there is indeed only one God, and this one God is a divine communion of love between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Because God is at the heart of everything

we often speak of

and is the source of all that is good, we can

the family as the

of everything and the source of all that is

domestic church.”

John means when he says that those who

message and the vision left by Jesus to His

say that communion in love is at the heart good. This helps us to understand what St live in love live in God and God lives in them (cf. 1 Jn 4:16). To live in a communion of love

first disciples: by this will everyone know

modelled on the selfless love of the blessed

that you are my disciples, that you love one another as I have

Trinity is the very heart of our Christian vocation.

loved you (Jn 17:21).

St John Paul II goes on in his letter to spell out what it means

The book of Genesis tells us, that when God created human

to make the Church the home and school of communion (NMI

beings, He created them in His own image and likeness. The

43). As we continue our journey towards the Plenary Council

same book of Genesis presents us with a very clear image of

a re-reading of this letter would be an enrichment for us all. It

God as a creating and life-giving God. To be creators of life, as

can easily be found on the Vatican website (www.vatican.va). I

husbands and wives are when they begin their families, is one

hope you will search it out and make it a focus for your prayer.

+ Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB ARCHBISHOP OF PERTH


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A positive, creative force for good

The Most Rev Donald Sproxton DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, speaks to a Perth audience on the topic of Mental Health in Australia on 15 October 2020. Photo: Matthew Lau.

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Community has become something of a buzzword


t is a word used to describe many forms of associations and groupings in our society today. Is it possible that the concept of community will be altered as a result and its rich meaning diluted?

my friends, and went on to baptise their children and their grandchildren. His offer to Archbishop Prendiville to go to Bayswater had been accepted, when he told the Archbishop that his family in Kalgoorlie had decided to supplement his income, if he was to be appointed parish priest. The parish

When people band together to achieve a goal, there is great

was unable to provide an adequate income for a priest at that

potential and creativity, and often a far better outcome

time. Fr Russell proved to be a faithful pastor to the people

eventuates than if one person alone were to drive the action.

for the 40 years that he remained there. The parish grew, and

The experience of collaborating can be enriching personally, as

was able to support him and finance a new church.

well as being a positive, creative force for good.

The parish has been the natural development of those

That band of people are already part of a wider community

first small communities that St Paul reveals in his writings.

that values respect for the individual and the widening of

These small communities were domestic churches and were

opportunities for everyone in society.

referred to as “houses”. The Christian community of a parish

I became aware of this when still a child and my family were

has always been “the place of worship and the sign of the

living in Bayswater.

permanent presence of the Risen Christ in the midst of the

My father was a member of a friendly society that was known

people” (The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelising mission of the Church,

as the Ancient Order of Foresters.

Congregation for the Clergy, 20 July 2020).

Friendly societies were formed by members of the community

The parish has served the Church for so long and now is

who sought to offer support to families who were affected by

challenged to look afresh at its purpose. Pope Francis has

unemployment and ill health. They were among the pioneers

asked us to “seek new ways” to proclaim the Gospel. Our

of health insurance companies.

communities are called to engage in “pastoral conversion

It was truly amazing to hear of the way people were helped

that is essentially missionary”. The Instruction issued by

through very difficult times, and of the gratitude that was

the Congregation for the Clergy in July shows that this

expressed by those families, as there was little else available

sort of pastoral conversion will lead to our parishes looking

that could satisfy their needs from government and other

outward, going out of themselves, and being open to reform

institutions in those days. Local communities helped their

and structural change, “in the spirit of communion and

fellow citizens.

collaboration, of encounter and closeness, of mercy and

The Catholic community was one of the many communities

solicitude for the proclamation of the Gospel.”

that made up the Bayswater district.

The Archdiocese is working on assisting the parishes with

Our parish was always small by comparison with others. The

their renewal. The Archdiocesan Plan makes this area a

Catholics in Bayswater were less in number than they are

priority and our Implementation Group has been successful

today. But regardless it was a strong and cohesive community.

in reviewing the Parish Pastoral Council Constitution. The

The people had a strong sense of identity and pride. They

creation of parish hubs has opened us to finding new and

knew each other, and many a time, when they became aware

creative ways of collaborating together to enable us to be

that someone was in need, they did what they could by

more effective in our mission.

contacting and supporting the person and their family.

Our parish communities are called to renewal, where people,

Fr Jack Russell had been Parish Priest for nearly 20 years

together with their clergy, journey with their gaze fixed on

when I was born. He was very committed to the community

Jesus Christ, and are “places of creativity, relationship and

he led. He would have baptised the parents of many of

motherhood” (Pope Francis, Krakow, 27 July 2016).



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The Netflix series Midnight Diner focusses on the owner of a tiny street alley diner in Tokyo.


Shows like ‘Midnight Diner’ demonstrate the important link between human dignity stories, and community. Photo: Sourced

WO R D S Dr Matthew Tan


The Netflix series, Midnight Diner, focusses on the

the diner has become a refuge from the brutal demands

owner of a tiny street alley diner in Tokyo.

of the stories told by the lights and sounds of this city, as

The owner, known to his patrons as “The Master”,

each patron goes to the Master not just for food, but also

has the hallmark of having a very limited fixed menu,

for advice from or from the other patrons. Bit by bit, the

but is also willing to make anything his patrons ask, so long

fragmented threads of Tokyo’s stories become woven into

as he has the ingredients. Because the diner opens from

a common story of solace at the diner, and a communion

midnight, it does not serve what we might call a conventional

emerges out of the dim lights of that tiny alley.

clientele of office workers or shoppers.

Episode after episode, the series sets a rhythm as the viewer

Instead, the diner’s clientele consists of the various

is taken into the ragtag community of regulars gathered at the

subcultures housed within the vast city of Tokyo: there

Master’s table, fortified with the Master’s food, advice and

are some office workers, retirees, mob bosses, newspaper

a new common narrative thread sewn amongst the diverse

delivery boys, drag queens, taxi drivers, stand-up comedians,

stories of patrons that enter the diner.

former pop music or movie starlets, food critics, and the odd

Each patron’s story is then taken out into the byways of

retired porn star.

Tokyo, now a paragraph of a new narrative of the communion

Each episode begins with the favourite dish of a particular

at the diner.

patron. As each episode unfolds, the dish becomes a window

Shows like Midnight Diner demonstrate the important link

into the biography of that patron.

between human dignity stories and community.

The story gives viewers a biography of not only the individual

As Alasdair MacIntyre wrote in After Virtue, we are not mere

patron, but also a fragment of the city of Tokyo and its

entities taking up space, or are we simply moral beings who

subcultures, which have become imprinted onto the patron.

follow moral dictums. Instead, MacIntyre states that we are

Many of these representatives of these subcultures end

a “story-telling animal” (pg 216), who derive meaning in our

up becoming regulars of the diner. As the series unfurls,

lives because we have a story, embedded into wider stories



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told and lived by others. It is our being bracketed by stories

Christ that lives in me” (Gal 2:20). What is more, because the

that enable us to meaningfully live lives of virtue, framed by

biography of Jesus is a narrative thread shared in common

an origin, trajectory and destination. As Christians, we live

with others who also have encountered the Master, to

not as followers of rules, but as “witnesses to these things”

be a human person means that I am also meant to be in

communion with others. The proof of this being storied into communion is enacted in the celebration of the Eucharist. We

we live not as followers of rules, but

not only hear the biographies of Jesus, but that biography is sacramentally made present to us by the Master at his table

as “witnesses to these things”, living

and consumed by us, a common sharing in the biography of

fragments of a story bound together by

What is more, as bread binds together the scattered grains,

the biography of Jesus of Nazareth.”

the common Body of the Church. What this means is that

the body of Christ. our consumption of the Eucharist binds us together into when I go to Mass, I am not an individual fulfilling my own sacramental duties.

(Acts 5:32), living fragments of a story bound together by the

My common participation in the narrative of Christ should

biography of Jesus of Nazareth. His biography of incarnation,

draw me out of my isolation into the lives of others. What

passion, death, resurrection, ascension and return forms

is more, this makes my communion more than a mere

the grammar of a story which gives meaning to my actions.

friendship, but a constituent element of my personhood, with

At the heart of my faith is a story of an encounter with one

the person of Jesus Christ as its centre.

that knows me and wants to weave his biography into mine,

Dr Matthew Tan is a senior lecturer in theology at the

such that, in the words of St Paul, “it is not I that live, but

University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus.


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“Parents must not exclude themselves from their children’s lives and despite what some ‘experts’ may say, they must take an active role in their children’s education. It’s time for mothers and fathers to come out of their exile – because they have exiled themselves from their children’s education – and to fully assume again their educational role”. – Pope Francis, May 2015



ho knew when Pope Francis made this

Importantly, these benefits do not just

how parents and carers

apply to academic outcomes. Emerson

would be required to become so

et al (2012) states that beyond

much more engaged in the education

educational achievement, parental

of their children and young people

engagement is associated with many

in 2020, as a result of COVID-19.

indicators of student development.

Catholic schools have for many years

These include:

seen parents as integral partners in

• more regular school attendance,

their children’s education and never

• better social skills,

more so than this year.

• improved behaviour,

Research over the past 50 years

• better adaptation to school,

parents as partners in their children’s education. Much of this national/ international research has shown that parental engagement (of various kinds) has a positive impact on many indicators of student achievement, including: CEWA Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce (right) with CSPWA Executive Director Siobhan Allen (centre). For more than 65 years, the Parents and Friends Federation of Western Australia (PFFWA) provided significant parental representation at all levels of education in Catholic schools across the state. It is now known as Catholic School Parents Western

post-secondary education.

statement in 2015,

categorically supports the idea of


• a greater likelihood of commencing

• increased social capital, • a greater sense of personal competence and efficacy for learning, • greater engagement in schoolwork; and • a stronger belief in the importance of education (Pushor, 2007).

• higher grades and test scores,

(Emerson, Fear, Fox and Sanders, 2012,

• enrolment in higher level programs

p. 31).

and advanced classes, • higher successful completion of classes,

When we see these outcomes listed in this manner it makes it clear that as parents and schools, we have to

Australia. Photo: Vicky Wright � T O P Parents and students of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary

• lower drop-out rates,

find ways of working together in a

School in Brighton, Butler. Photo: Matt Biocich

• higher graduation rates; and

more deliberate way. The COVID-19



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schools do not want their parents there. Engagement in the secondary school space certainly looks different. Academic outcomes take on more significance as our young people edge towards independence, however mental health and wellbeing cannot be ignored and is a key reason why parents/carers need to be present and vigilant during this time. All partnerships have to commence with relationships and the underlying component of respectful relationships is trust. As Karen Mapp, world renowned researcher around parent engagement, recently stated “that the relationship, the development of relational trust between home and school, is key for any other partnership work to actually take place”. Additional research indicates that relationship building through one-on-one interaction is key to positive, long lasting, trusting and effective partnerships. The pastoral care calls that Catholic school families have been receiving in the wake of COVID-19, indicate that parents in West Australian Catholic schools welcome and appreciate the personal approach and that they certainly contribute to that sense of relational trust. This modelling of trusting relationships must come from the experience has shown us that we are well placed to do this.

top. Children and young people as well as their parents need

Through the necessity to move learning from school to home

to witness these relationships in action and young people

earlier this year, parents have been given an opportunity to

in particular place more store in actions rather than words.

see more clearly what their children are learning and more

When children and young people see their parents/carers

importantly how they learn. For some parents this has been

establishing collaborative and trusting relationships with

quite daunting as they were not aware of what their role was

school staff, it provides for them not just a sense of security

in this space. For others it has whetted their appetite and they

and safety but also an understanding of the importance their

are keen to learn more. One way or another it has led to a

parents place on education.

newfound respect for our teachers and the work they do in

This trust is also modelled at system level through the

educating our children and young people. Teachers have also

collaboration and authentic partnership between Dr Debra

been able to recognise the positive work parents have done,

Sayce and her team at CEWA and Catholic School Parents

in setting up workspaces, ensuring their children are engaging

Western Australia, the peak body representing and advocating

in their work and encouraging them to seek assistance when

on behalf of those families who choose Catholic education for

they need to.

their children.

In a sense, the silver lining to come out of COVID-19 has been

This partnership provides the opportunity for the parent

the opportunity to look more carefully at how we can enhance

perspective to be heard regarding all matters that relate to

the possibilities for parents and schools to work together

their children’s education. Equally it provides the chance for

effectively to ensure our children and young people reach

parents to understand how they can continue to add strength

their full God-given potential.

to Catholic education in WA.

“What COVID has shown is that parents can have a different

For many of our families, the Catholic school community

role”, said education Professor John Hattie. Professor Hattie hoped the newfound interest would be sustained. “Involving

is the only real community that they belong to, and so it is imperative that we work together as families and schools to

parents better and in different ways with school - that’s

ensure they are welcoming, inclusive and safe communities.

incredibly exciting,” he said.

“Catholic schools would not exist without the outstanding

It is important to note that parent engagement during the

dedication and contribution of parents. We urge school staff

secondary school years is equally if not more important than

to continue involving parents in the development of the

the primary years. The opportunities through the primary

school’s outcomes.” Bishops Mandate 2009 – 2015 #77

years are probably more obvious, however we need to move

Siobhan Allen is Executive Director, Catholic School Parents

beyond the myth that children and young people in secondary

Western Australia.


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From left: Sr Lourds Chitra Justin OSM, Abbott John Herbert OSB, The Shopfront Director Damian Walsh, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Faith Formation Fr Vincent Glynn EV, Sr Lucy van Kessel PBVM, Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton, Centre for Faith Enrichment Director Dr Marco Ceccarelli, St Charles’ Seminary Rector Fr Phillip Fleay, Vicar General Fr Peter Whitely, Applecross Parish youth coordinator Emily Hardbottle, Redemptoris Mater Seminary Rector Fr Michael Moore SM, Vicar for Clergy Brian McKenna EV, and UNDA theology senior lecturer Dr Angela McCarthy. �Far Right: Plenary Council delegates are presented with their candles by family and/or friends during the Commissioning Mass on 4 October at St Mary’s Cathedral. � Centre: Plenary Delegates the Very Rev Peter Whitely VG (far left) and youth representative Emily Hardbottle (second from left) are among the 12 Plenary Council Delegates who were commissioned at the 11am Sunday Mass on 4 October at St Mary’s Cathedral. Photos: Ron Tan CLOCKWISE

Gathering in the name of Jesus, more

San Damiano, seemed to hear a voice from the crucifix

than 350 worshippers congregated for

speaking to him and saying, ‘Go and rebuild my church

Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday

which is falling into ruins’,” Archbishop Costelloe

4 October to witness the commissioning of 12 local delegates who have the privilege of representing the Archdiocese

expressed. “At first, he thought these words referred to the half-ruined building in which he found himself, so he immediately set himself the task of restoring that church

of Perth in the upcoming Plenary

building to its original beauty.

Council as representatives of religious

“It was only through prayer, trusting faith and patience

congregations and other Church bodies.


he Mass, which coincided with the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, was celebrated by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, joined by concelebrants Auxiliary Bishop Donald

Sproxton, Vicar General Father Peter Whitely, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Faith Formation Father Vincent Glynn, Abbott John Herbert OSB, and assisted by Permanent Deacon Bruce Talbot. After the conclusion of the Gospel reading, Archbishop Costelloe offered some words of reflection, then calling the delegates to the altar for a special blessing, committing them to their new role. “St Francis of Assisi, who once kneeling before a crucifix hanging in a half-ruined church, the church of


‘Do not down t Lord’s instead and res

that Francis came to understand that the Lord was asking something much more important, that Francis, through his radical commitment to the Gospel, might lead the whole Church to a renewal of its original beauty and to a deeper fidelity,” Archbishop Costelloe added. While the Plenary Council might well be our “San Damiano moment”, Archbishop Costelloe noted that this call by the Lord, “to return once again with courage and boldness to the beauty of the Gospel and begin to build our lives, our institutions, and our ministries more solidly on the basis of Gospel principles” is not a call to tear down the Church and start again from scratch. “The Plenary Council, whose delegates from our part of the Church we commission this morning, will be engaged in the same task – not to tear down the Lord’s Church and create one of our own but, rather, work with the power of God‘s Spirit to restore and renew the Church


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not tear wn the d’s Church, ead renew restore it’ – Archbishop Costelloe PLENARY 2020

WO R D S Amanda Murthy

Scriptures: ‘my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Is 56:8-9). “May the delegates, and all of us, be attentive to the words that Mary, the Mother of the Church,

and enable it to be all that the Lord is calling it, calling us, to

“... a task of the whole Church and not just the bishops, Archbishop Costelloe invited the community to keep the delegates in their prayers.”

be.” Reiterating the fact that

once spoke to the stewards at Cana: ‘you do whatever Jesus, tells you to do’,” His Grace concluded. The commissioned Plenary Council delegates who will join Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB as representatives of the Perth Archdiocese at the upcoming

the challenge of the Plenary Council, is a task of the

assemblies in October 2021 and July 2022 are: Auxiliary

whole Church and not just the bishops, Archbishop

Bishop Donald Sproxton DD, Vicar General Fr Peter Whitely

Costelloe invited the community to keep the delegates

VG, Vicar for Clergy Brian McKenna EV, Episcopal Vicar

in their prayers as they undergo months of intense

for Education and Faith Formation Fr Vincent Glynn EV, St

spiritual preparation.

Charles’ Seminary Rector Fr Phillip Fleay, Redemptoris Mater

“This is a delicate and demanding task and our delegates

Seminary Rector Fr Michael Moore SM, Sr Lucy van Kessel

to the Plenary Council will need the support of our

PBVM, Sr Lourds Chitra Justin OSM, UNDA Vice-Chancellor

constant prayer,” Archbishop Costelloe cited.

Prof Francis Campbell, Centre for Faith Enrichment Director

“The danger is that we simply presume that the Holy

Dr Marco Ceccarelli, UNDA theology senior lecturer Dr

Spirit wants for the Church exactly what we might

Angela McCarthy, The Shopfront Director Damian Walsh, and

want for the Church. But as the Lord says to us in the

Applecross Parish youth coordinator Emily Hardbottle.


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Kora Centre the key to Bayswater families in need WORDS AND PHOTOS Eric Martin

of disadvantaged families in the area. Kora now caters not only for Aboriginal children, but for children from all backgrounds who may experience a greater likelihood of hardship; the centre currently supports a number of children of single parents, migrants and women housed in Women’s Refuges. And now, with the aftermath of the pandemic, it is time for the community to give back to the Centre. “It has been quite difficult with the impact of COVID-19,” Sr Chitra shares as she introduces the children.


hough at first glance the grass is long and the grounds are quiet, as Sister Lourdes Chitra Justin OSM leads the way through to the big shaded

play area at the back of the Kora Centre, the sounds of little children happily talking and laughing as they eat a hot, nutritious meal can be heard and four smiling faces beam up at us from around the table. And as the religious sister opens the door to the newly renovated playroom, a gleaming white wonderland full of toys, books and teaching resources, the love and pride of being engaged in their calling to serve the children of the local community is clear. The Kora Centre, run by the Servite Sisters, has been

“With the social distancing restrictions, thorough sanitisation and the need for constant vigilance in terms of personal hygiene for the children and also the general wariness of the virus that is still evident within the community, our class sizes have dropped down to four or five in attendance.” “One of the challenges, especially among many of the migrant families, is a lack of understanding about the specifics of the virus and the government’s response and as such, we still are not seeing all of our students return,” she explained. Kora currently runs a child care service for children aged two to six from 8.30am to 3pm, three days a week at the

delivering a range of health and educational services to those in need since 1977, originally with a specific focus on assisting the indigenous community. The Centre operates from the Kora Child Care Centre, based in Bayswater, and works to uplift the quality of life

Sister Chitra of the Servite Sisters is a regular volunteer at the Kora Centre every Monday, the only week-day that she is not working as teacher at Servite College.

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The Kora Centre in Bayswater operates a childcare specifically for underprivileged and disadvantaged families within the local community.

miniscule cost of $50 per day - the centre is licensed for

on the availability of funding and, be it either from the

19 children.

Government, or the generous donations of individual

Children are given a fruit time break in the morning and

Catholics and Catholic businesses who support the

a hot lunch in the afternoon with, the daily program

Sisters’ work, both spiritually and financially.

including both indoor and outdoor activities such as

It also depends on awareness of Kora’s existence, of

storytelling, singing, art and craft, and nature play.

its mission and of the work that it does within the

“Yet there is so much more that we would love to be

community – something that has slowly diminished with

doing here,” Sr Chitra says, leading the way to a second

time as the area has grown and developed.

large outbuilding.

“As with all social service organisations we are running

“We used to have a range of after-school services and

on the ‘sniff of an oil rag’

adult classes on offer but gradually, over time, they have

so to speak,” says Vince, a

dropped away as we face the dual challenge of age and

long-time volunteer at Kora

the constant need to try and secure adequate levels of

who helps out with the


running and maintenance of

The second door reveals a well-appointed meeting room

the centre.

that was used for these classes and it is with obvious

“We are extremely low on

sadness that the story of its desertion is revealed: of

numbers and unfortunately

how funding challenges have resulted in this room

without numbers our

staying largely unused – even though there is a clear

organisation will cease

need in community to have it back up and operational.

to continue its mission

to continue its mission work

“We would love to have this room running once again

work for underprivileged

for underprivileged families.”

We are extremely low on numbers and unfortunately without numbers

our organisation will cease

and are aiming to work closely with the West Australian


Catholic Migrants and Refugee Office (WACMRO) to

An increase in the current 13.49 per cent of income that

assist the local community with English and other social

comes from donations would significantly increase the

support needs.”

Kora Centre’s ability to not only survive, but to thrive in

But, as Sr Chitra explains, the ability to do so depends

providing necessary services to the community.


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Executive Director’s Message: Faith in the Future WO R D S Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director, Catholic Education Western Australia

At a time when all of humanity have been called to unite in a common cause, our Catholic school communities have witnessed the tremendous resilience and creativity of the human spirit and the significance of purposeful mission and service. Staff in our 163 schools across the state have played a vital role in enabling children and young people to remain engaged in their learning, while the collective strength of community has seen parents, teachers and students supporting one another through the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. Our schools have been forever changed by this pandemic, as have the communities we serve. However, it has underscored how relevant our Gospel values are, and just how important it is that our schools are Christ-centred and child-focused learning communities. The events of this year have offered us new perspectives on education and have affirmed for us that the role of teachers – and indeed all staff who have taken up a vocation in education – is more vital now than ever. During a video message at the launch of the Global Compact on Education in Rome in October, Pope Francis expressed that education is one of the most effective ways of making our world and history more human. “Education is above all a matter of love and responsibility handed down from one generation to another,” he said.

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“Amid the present crisis – and the poverty and confusion it has caused – we believe that it is time to subscribe to a global pact on education for and with future generations,” the Pope said. In calling for an education that promoted the hope and harmony that the world needs, he added: “This calls for a commitment on the part of families, communities, schools, universities, religions, governments, and the entire human family to the training of mature men and women.” The goal, he said, “is to ensure everyone has access to a quality education consonant with the dignity of the human person.” In reflecting on the pivotal role of education in society, 2020 has perhaps been a moment of truth. It resulted in all schools – government and non-government – working together to respond to the risks and impact of COVID-19. In Catholic education it has meant that one in

May we be sustained by the conviction that education bears within itself a seed of hope: the hope of peace and justice; the hope of beauty and goodness, the hope of social harmony.” — Pope Francis

five school students in Western Australia has had the certainty that they can continue to learn, the opportunities to keep growing through co-curricular activities, and the ability to retain a sense of belonging. Considering what we know now about the social and emotional impacts of COVID-19 amongst children and young people, the significance of being part of a supportive and nurturing school community throughout this disruptive time can never be overstated. Unlike the ‘change mantra’ for 2020, one thing that has not waivered this year is the sheer commitment of staff in schools and offices around our state. In our context, we can stand proud today knowing that Catholic school students have benefited from the collective dedication of Catholic education staff, who have worked with professionalism, enthusiasm and adaptability to make sure students have not only been supported and prepared to engage in their learning - regardless of whether this was at home or in the classroom – but have also benefited from the pastoral care and healthy parent/ school relationships that Catholic schools are recognised for. Essentially, the intrinsic and shared sense of purpose that ensures that every child in a Catholic school counts. In a world where education has the potential to alter the course of our future, equitable access to education – regardless of a child’s needs or their parent’s personal circumstances - is more vital now than ever. Responding to the needs and challenges of the time is something we’re all familiar with in Catholic education. When we look back to the beginning of Catholic education in our

state, our foundations were shaped – literally - by parents working alongside our founding religious sisters and brothers who dedicated their lives to ensuring every child had fair access to an education. Next year will be a year to remember and celebrate these foundations. World Teachers’ Day this year marked the beginning of the National Catholic Education Commission’s year-long celebration to mark 200 years since the first Catholic school opened in Australia. And, for Catholic Education in Western Australia, 2021 will honour 50 years since Catholic schools in our state’s four dioceses came together for the first time under the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia to form Catholic Education Western Australia. So, while this year has confronted us and challenged us, our approach has been consistent with who we are; and indeed goes to the core of the mission we were founded on. The principle underlying this – that our decisions must be Christcentred and child-focused – has held us in good stead. It has been inspiring this year to see Catholic schools giving witness to our mission in extraordinary ways. It is now essential that we bring forward the best ideas and innovations to support new and more effective strategies in our schools. It is also essential that all sectors of education continue to work together, with the support of our State and Federal government, to develop education plans that as Pope Francis stated ,“put the economy and politics at the service of the human person.”


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n 1990, Archbishop Foley appealed to the members of the Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross in Western Australia to help in up-skilling the laity to meet the urgent and

growing need to provide qualified teachers of Religious Education in the Catholic school system. The response from the Order was to establish the KSC Education Foundation Inc to provide scholarships to those teachers who were endeavouring to enhance their knowledge and skills in Religious Education through further study at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. A Trust was established and fundraising initiatives were undertaken, with Mr Frank Waldron providing the initial finance through a bequest to establish the Foundation’s scholarship program. Many of the other donors have been, or still are members of the Order. The Foundation’s scholarship program started out small, but over 25 years, it has grown along with the Foundation’s capital base, having now provided scholarships to approximately 900 teachers with a total value of more than $2million. The value of scholarships granted for the 2020 academic year was close to $150,000 and the amount allocated for the 2021 Academic Year will be at a similar level. Scholarships are for one Course unit which equates to just under $3,000, and the Trustees of the Foundation hope to award at least 50 scholarships again this year for 2021. The Trustees of the Foundation gratefully

acknowledge that all this would not have been achieved without the financial support of many members of the Knights of the Southern Cross, some members of the general public, operational

Scholarship helps to upskill teachers in religious education CO U RTE S Y Catholic Education Western Australia

support from the Knights of the Southern Cross administration team, and the cooperation and involvement of a number of individuals and departments at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Catholic Education Western Australia. Last but not least the Trustees wish to acknowledge, on behalf of all the above, the teachers who carry the teachings of Jesus Christ into classrooms throughout Western Australia thank you. Former KSC Education Foundation Trust board member Alfredo Giacomo Cicci and Chairman of KSC Education Foundation Trust Wojciech Grzech. � University of Notre Dame Australia Dean of Education Professor Michael O’Neill, Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross former State Chairman John Dwyer and 2016 LEFT TO RIGHT

scholarship recipient Rodney Dowling. Photos: Supplied � KSCWA State Chairman Nigel Hayward (right) congratulates Mercy College Religious Education teacher Vincent Restifo on the receipt of his KSC Education Foundation scholarship in 2017. � A B O V E Recipients of KSC Education Foundation Scholarships in 2017, pictured with CEWA Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce, from second left: Cora D’Souza, Vincent Restifo, Dee O’Connor, Vicki Buchanan, Mark Cummins, Vlad Alonzo, Gemma Thomson and Georgie O’Brien. Photos: The Record



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ach year Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA)

to reflect this. There are changes to the categories, but the

recognises school programs and initiatives that reflect

Awards will continue to celebrate school programs and

a vision of Christ-centred and child focused engaged

initiatives that exemplify Christ-centred, student-focused

learning environments. In 2020, CEWA’s awards program was


renamed the Quality Catholic Education (QCE) Awards and

Despite interruptions to the school calendar caused

its categories aligned to the QCE pillars of Catholic Identity,

by COVID-19, the inaugural QCE Awards received 83

Education, Community, and Stewardship.

nominations across the four award categories.

For a number of years, the annual Catholic Education LEAD

Those numbers reflect the impressive year-on-year growth

Awards have been a platform to recognise and showcase

in participation, but more importantly the dedication and

outstanding initiatives being undertaken by CEWA schools

creativity of staff, students and parents in Catholic schools.

and colleges. This year the program was aligned with our

Information on all 83 nominations can be found online at

Strategic Directions and the principles of Quality Catholic

www.awards.cewa.edu.au/vote, or via CEWA’s Facebook

Education (QCE) and has been renamed the QCE Awards


CATHOLIC IDENTITY Valuable experiences teach awareness and compassion A virtual fundraiser co-ordinated in the midst of WA’s COVID-19 response has earned Ellenbrook’s Holy Cross College top Secondary honours in the Catholic Identity category of the Quality Catholic Education Awards. The 2020 LifeLink Sleepout not only raised much-needed funds for LifeLink Agencies located throughout WA but also boosted awareness, advocacy, and the development of leadership capabilities for students and staff. It also helped students to personally develop empathy for people experiencing homelessness More than 100 students, staff members and parents took part in the live-streamed event. Nearly $8000 was raised for LifeLink agencies, with participants provided with a take-home pack of resources and access to the virtual sleepout which featured live commentary via YouTube.

Catholic Education recognises Christ-centred vision and child focused learning environments

The event generated more than 1,000 post shares on social media, including photographs of sleeping arrangements and insightful comments about the overall experience. “The fact that everybody participated and everyone was willing to give (for) this was amazing,” Year 11 student Tiara D’Lima said. “At school, you’re surrounded by your friends and other people participating with you. “So even though you’re cold and doing the activities, you’re still with your friends but you felt a lot more empathy when you’re alone. Fellow student Lily Fretwell (Year 6) also shared what it was like to sleep outside for the fundraiser.

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“It was really cold and it was actually raining, so we had to sleep in our undercroft area,” she said. Among the other Secondary nominations, John XXIII College in Mount Claremont devised innovative ways to conduct its weekly Friday Community Eucharist in the face of COVID-19. Virtual celebrations of God’s Word occurred with the development of A Eucharistic Community in Lockdown. The college chapel remained the focus of prayer life, but to avoid large congregations, the Liturgies of the Word were filmed. The Faith and Mission captains and homeroom student leaders worked with the college liturgist, the choir and music staff to deliver each service while the audio team responded to new demands. The Primary award went to Morley’s Infant Jesus School for its “Power of One” initiative where staff were encouraged to devote an hour a week to Christian service, including cooking, cleaning the church, and fundraising. Staff took it upon themselves to look at a variety of ways to generously serve their community and, in the process, make a positive difference in the lives of others. “Power of One has really been beneficial because it has encouraged the staff to go beyond their comfort zones, to reach out to their community and lend a hand or participate in activities that perhaps they wouldn’t have before,” teacher Melissa Myles said. “We’ve seen staff members create clubs


community got to showcase their

Schools bring communities together to benefit all

own stalls,

businesses and local families held their “There were also performances from our

Mother Teresa Catholic College’s Parents

school dance team towards the end.

and Friends group first presented the

“It was very special because in Baldivis,

idea of hosting a Community Fair in 2018

it’s not really known to have this massive

as an exercise in building and fostering

celebration, especially with fireworks.

engagement in three ways: within the

“Having a night where the whole of

school, within the parish community, and

Baldivis came together with a bit of

in the wider Baldivis and Rockingham

community awareness is really important


for Baldivis as a suburb.

The inaugural event was held early

“We should definitely continue it in the

last year and earned the school the


Secondary award in the Community

Another Community nomination was the

category of the QCE Awards.

innovative Wellbeing Service by College

The school and parish hosted stalls

in Edgewater.

that promoted the friendly, diverse and

Its primary focus is on students’ mental

inclusive culture of the college and the wider community.

health and wellbeing, but families and staff also benefit from the broad range

International cuisine was offered by

of services, which include short-term

various food trucks and the finishing

counselling, crisis intervention, and

touch to an outstanding evening was the

the delivery of programs that comprise

12-minute fireworks display.

mental health first aid and animal-

“We were all very excited and proud

assisted therapy.

for our school to be hosting such a big

The service also featured weekly

event,” Year 9 student Daisy Axon said.

meditation sessions and whole-school

“People from the wider Baldivis

events such as Harmony Week and No

“To be problem solvers, be resourceful, be creative, be yourself and work as a team with your peers.”

and initiatives for the children. “These might be sporting clubs, knitting, coding or craft, and cooking. “It’s also been really good for the children to see staff live out their Gospel values ... and that example of what being Catholic is all about.” Also among the nominations was Rockingham’s Star of the Sea Primary School for its Early Learning Centre. The centre was established last year to provide families with a flexible and affordable childcare option.



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Way Anti-Bullying Week. In the primary years, the Community Award went to St Anthony’s School, Wanneroo for its Wrap Around Initiatives for Student Wellbeing. The initiative gained momentum after a review of the Australian Early Development Census data for the area, and the school identified a range of barriers impacting on the wellbeing and welfare of students and their families. Early intervention was viewed as

team with your peers,” she said.

culture, the school community, and its

critical in addressing student wellbeing

“The social skills group plays a big part


and prompted the creation of an

because it helps kids to be themselves

Early Intervention and Community

and to follow values by being united,

A nature playground followed, which

Engagement Officer role at the school.

responsible, and helping other people.

This was complemented by a school

“We’re all unique and deserve to be

with funding from a Federal Government

nurse being available every day and a

here...and are good at different things.

grant and donations from the Parents

social worker two days per week.

Nominations included St Mary’s School

and Friends Association.

The school’s aim for its students, as

in Northampton with its Community

The initiative was capped off with

outlined by The St Anthony’s Way,

Spaces initiative.

a second nature play space, which

includes being respectful, valuing

The initiative started after the school

featured consultation with the students

others, and caring for and protecting the

identified a need for more engaging

in its design and creation.


spaces for students to learn and play.

All playground items were donated by

Those values were reiterated by year 6

It spanned three community-driven

community members, including wood

student Caoimhe Power.

projects, starting with an artwork

from a local farm and the ropes from

“To be problem solvers, be resourceful,

completed by Mauretta Drage, which

crayfish boasts that operate out of

be creative, be yourself and work as a

depicts the link between local Aboriginal



Pandemic led to innovative learning opportunities

Holy Cross College’s commitment to producing highquality learning and enrichment opportunities in the face of COVID-19 earned them the top award among secondary schools in the Education category of the QCE Awards. After the school production was postponed, students and staff at the Ellenbrook school took an alternative approach. The Monologue Show was a virtual production that was both rehearsed and produced remotely before premiering online for students, staff and community members. For all the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought, it created an opportunity for the now award-winning production, which promoted learning, creativity and collaboration under challenging circumstances, and demonstrated the power of

was constructed for kindergarten and pre-primary students, and completed

“We had so much creative control through the whole process, from where we were going to film to interpreting our characters (and) all of our costumes were from home,” Year 10 student Lestyn Devenport said. “It was fun looking in our own wardrobes, rather than the big capabilities we have here at school. “Every couple of weeks we had update videos, where we could see each other’s progress; both learning the script and how our body language was forming.” The Primary years Education Award went to Holy Rosary School in Derby for its Bush Kindy program. With students at the school having backgrounds in trauma and other special needs, staff wanted to develop a culture of resilience and healthy risk-taking. They felt a nature-based learning pedagogy, integrated with local Aboriginal knowledge and co-designed by Aboriginal teaching staff, was ideal for their young learners and offered

technology in exploring the scope of learning and enrichment

something different to other playgroups in the area.


The success of the nature-play program led to a doubling of


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early years enrolments and was the impetus for an overall 30 percent growth in numbers at the school in just six months. A long line of excellent nominations included Baldivis’ Mother Teresa College’s Year 6 Entrepreneurship Project, an annual event that challenges students to develop an authentic business venture.

St Luke’s Catholic Primary School in Woodvale was among the nominees with its Speak Up Awards. The public speaking competition was designed so that after learning the basic skills, students had could further realise that public speaking had profound benefits including influencing the world around them, developing leadership skills and becoming a thought leader. St Luke’s CPS staff member Justin Miller made the nomination, and said:

It represented an opportunity to showcase

“All staff believe that every child can develop

student learning to the broader community

their own style of public speaking and we should

with students selling their products.

recognise and appreciate differences.

Aquinas College was nominated for its project, Justice and Advocacy Formation in Year 8

“Our aim is to provide students with a positive speaking experience in a supportive environment

Boys, which required every Year 8 student to

that will encourage them to develop their

work in groups of three to create a 10-minute

individual style.”


At Bateman’s Yidarra Catholic Primary School,

Along with the boys highlighting many of the

Year 6 students embarked on the Robot Olympics.

world’s injustices, they also offered potential

Along the way, students gained points for critical

solutions and strategies they felt could be put in place.

thinking, creativity, collaboration, leadership, master coder, problem solver, innovation and spirit.

Through the process, students practiced the art of advocacy, preparing a cogent case for the adoption of an alternative for a more just future. Mercy College, Koondoola was nominated for its STRETCH program, developed to grade-skip students in specific learning areas across primary and secondary education. STRETCH allows a student who has demonstrated sufficient ability to proceed to the next level in a particular subject. The success of the program is highlighted by some students enrolled in classes two and three grades above their age level. Students involved in the program are challenged academically and thriving in their work.



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STEWARDSHIP Thumbs up for sustainability at CEWA schools Bateman’s Corpus Christi College got the nod for the Secondary years QCE Award in the Stewardship category, for its Stewardship in Action program. The program was designed to improve the college’s ecological footprint by creating environmentally sustainable actions via cultural and behavioural change. It included ending sale of bottled water at the cafeteria, establishing a recycling station, the installation of more timed lights and sensor lights around the college, and a waste audit. Progress made, and goals achieved were readily conveyed and included Tips of the Week in the student notices. Submissions were regularly made to the College eNews and social media pages, showing how students and staff worked together to improve the school environment. “The Year 9’s had a look at all the waste the college was producing and discovered a few things about how we were using the bins and what was actually being thrown out,” Year 12 student George Norris said. “Then we had a think about different ways we could actually improve – we’ve just started a new initiative with the grounds team, who give us a thumbs up or a thumbs down each day for how well we’ve been managing our waste and maintaining the college grounds. “Stewardship ties in with taking care of the environment, taking care of your surroundings and each other.” Also nominated was Mother Teresa Catholic College in Baldivis, who produced Bush Tucker Gardens. The gardens were designed to provide students with a deeper understanding and awareness of Aboriginal culture and involved Year 6 students working in groups to create bush tucker gardens which showcase their College House names. After the garden products were purchased, students prepared the soil using compost and worm castings made in the college’s sustainability centre. Year 5 students played a role by creating signs for display in each bush garden, outlining the story of each House as explained to the students by an Aboriginal Elder.

The Primary years Stewardship winner was St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School in Canning Vale, for its Bush Forever Journey. The initiative proved a rewarding experience for everyone involved in protecting and preserving the area’s native bushland environment. As a result of the initiative, bushland surrounding the school was recognised as part of a bigger area that has been designated an international biodiversity hot spot, one of on 34 worldwide. “At St Emilie’s the bush is a big part of our identity,” Year 6 student Amber Lynch said. “We do a lot of learning here. “We’re all connected to the environment. “It’s like one big ecosystem (and) I think sustaining this environment will be really important for our future.” Classmate Kieran Ng said the surrounding bushland

“... bushland surrounding the school was recognised as part of a bigger area that has been designated an international biodiversity hot spot, one of 34 worldwide.”

was a very special place. “The bush here is unique to Australia,” he said. “We have all this untouched land full of diverse flora and fauna.” Category nominations included St Luke’s Catholic Primary School in Woodvale. St Luke’s Building A Sustainable Environmental Future project started due to an increase in bush birds and owls being displaced from Yellagonga Regional Park due to the encroachment over time of ongoing housing sprawl. Students joined forces with Joondalup Men Sheds members to build and design sustainable homes for the local birds. The activity revealed to students how fragile bushland can be and what can be proactively done to preserve wildlife.


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Every child is “Elizabeth Grace” in the recently-published children’s storybook, God gave Elizabeth Grace the Right to Feel Safe



aunched on Sunday 13 September, following the Child Protection Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, the book was written by Safeguarding Director Andrea Musulin in collaboration with Catholic Education WA Child Safe Consultant Justine O’Malley and

illustrated by Safy Tashkandy from Brand Partner. The book, targetted towards children aged 5 to 11, tells the story of a girl named Elizabeth Grace, whose encounter with an adolescent boy has left her felt unsafe and uncomfortable. The book also tells the journey that she takes to be able to disclose her experience to her parents. Present at the launch in the Cathedral Parish Centre were Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton, Vicar General Fr Peter Whitely, Episcopal Vicar for Adult Faith and Education Fr Vincent Glynn, CEWA Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce and Tony Borromei, Deputy State Chairman at Knights of the Southern Cross – the key sponsor for the project. In his brief opening address, Archbishop Costelloe noted that the likes of “Elizabeth Grace” are well-known, not only in WA, but “right across our country and possibly beyond”. “I am thrilled to officially launch this book, which is going to make an enormous contribution to the safety of children, especially the younger ones, but I think even older people who read this will get the message as well,” he said.

“... provide the knowledge for children on how to respond to inappropriate sexual conducts from adults and older children.”

Some Safeguarding Officers attended the event along with Sechelela Sarota, Year 6 student at Santa Clara School in St James, who had the opportunity to name the book after winning the Safeguarding book title competition earlier this year. “I was inspired to come up with this title because [in the previous book] we were learning about having the right to feel safe, and no-one else can take that right away because it

was a gift from God,” Sechelela said.



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“I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity to name the book. I enjoyed the message in this book, and I think it will help many students to have faith and learn an important message about the guidance and love of God.” Speaking to The Record, Mrs Musulin said she had the idea to write the storybook for a long time; the process began a year ago when she talked to Mrs O’Malley. “It is not just a storybook, we wrote it to educate children on the use of pornographic images, done in a fairly soft way,” Mrs Musulin said.


“It is also in response to an increasing number of complaints to police concerning pornographic images and the use of pornographic images to groom children, both online and offline. “We have chosen to go with an older child in this storybook as the number of adolescents offending younger children have been increasing recently. I spoke to the Sex Crimes Unit of the WA Police, and they have confirmed that there was a clear spike during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions period,” she continued.

While it can be daunting for parents to introduce sensitive topics to children and young people, Mrs Musulin believes the book is an age-appropriate resource for parents and teachers to use.

“It is developmentally appropriate, aligns with Catholic teaching and written based on credible research for the need to teach children about sex education and the use of pornographic images as it is prolific in our society.” Mrs Musulin also hopes the book can provide the knowledge for children on how to respond to inappropriate sexual conducts from adults and older children, as well as education on how to deal with any negative experiences they may have encountered. “While there is no foolproof system for protecting children and young people, my law enforcement experience has taught me that the best offence is a great defence,” she stated in her speech during the launch.


Archbishop Costelloe awarded Santa Clara School Year 6

student Sechelela Sarota for her creativity in giving the appropriate title for the book. Photo: Max Hoh �


Perth Archbishop Timothy

Costelloe SDB officially launched the newly published children storybook, “God gave Elizabeth Grace the Right to Feel Safe”, written by

“I truly believe that the greatest defence is education. The book is a tool to support respectful conversations about safety and ensure we create a culture that listens to the voice of our children and keeps them safe so they can thrive.”

the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Office in collaboration with the Child

The authors dedicated the book to 230 Safeguarding Officers

Safe Team at Catholic Education WA. Photos: Ron Tan

and all those who care for children within the Archdiocese.


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New video aims to highlight important work of the Church in Perth

A new informational video that

promotes the work of LifeLink was


launched in November this year.

s the fundraising and promotional

The special production has been

arm of the Archdiocese, LifeLink supports and assists the work of social service agencies established

by the Archdiocese of Perth, reaching out to more than 37,000 Western Australians in need each year and delivering more than $60 million in

developed in consultation with students and teachers from several schools across the Archdiocese, with the support of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA).

professional programs, care and direct assistance.


Speaking with The Record, LifeLink Manager

on the work of the LifeLink agencies and

Brett Mendez explained that the video has

organisation, and be more inclusive of the youth

been developed following a decision by the

demographic,” Mr Mendez said.

LifeLink Chair, Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton

“Importantly, the new video provides information

and the Executive, who saw a need to increase

relevant for LifeLink’s generous donors,

community awareness of the work of LifeLink and

parishioners, schools and members of the general

the Archdiocesan social services agencies.

public,” he said.

A Special Project Committee was established in

As an educational experience and to harness

February 2019, tasked with helping to develop

the enthusiasm and talent of young people,

and produce this new resource.

four schools were invited to participate in the

“With existing video resources having now

video project – Iona Presentation College, Holy

served the work of LifeLink for more than six

Cross College, Servite College and Newman

years, it was felt that a more visually appealing

College – with each school invited to nominate

and contemporary presentation was required,

four students and one teacher to form the

one which would provide updated information

Archbishop’s special Project Committee.


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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB with students from Aranmore, Iona, Newman and Servite Colleges during filming for a new informational video for LifeLink. Photo: Ron Tan

As a group, the young people were tasked with helping to develop the overall concept and be part of the production process, working with Mr Mendez. “We wanted to provide

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB

an opportunity for these talented young people to be part of the entire process,

presented each member of the Project Committee with a memorial wooden cross, handcrafted by the Marist Brothers, as a

especially in what needed

token of his appreciation. Photo: Ron Tan

to be included to better communicate LifeLink’s message to young people in a contemporary, positive and visually appealing way,” Mr Mendez explained. “We wanted the students to have ownership of this project, so they were actively engaged in the concept development, market research, script writing, filming and music selections for our video.” Formed in February 2019, the Project Committee started work on scripting ideas that were presented at the 2019 Secondary Students Forum, where students had the opportunity to critique the initial storyboards and offer their input.

“... to provide an opportunity for these talented young people to be part of the entire process; to better communicate.”

The scripts were finalised that year and presented to Archbishop Costelloe in January 2020 for approval and four LifeLink agencies were filmed before production was brought to a crashing halt by COVID-19 and social distancing measures. Filming was finally able to continue folllowing the lifting of restrictions with the last of the footage filmed on 3 September at Aranmore College and St Mary’s Cathedral. It was on this occasion that Archbishop Costelloe presented members of the Project Committee with a wooden Cross, handcrafted by the Marist Brothers, as a gesture of his appreciation. The new video was launched online at www.lifelink.com.au to coincide with the Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal Launch, which is also the weekend Pope Francis launched World Day of the Poor.


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• 125g butter, softened

1. Collect all utensils and ingredients.

• 1/2 cup caster sugar

2. Preheat oven to 160°C .

• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

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• 1 egg

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• 1 1/4 cup self-raising flour • 1/3 cup Quandong Jam M A K E S : 16

vanilla essence in a medium bowl, until pale and creamy. 5. Add the egg and beat until combined. 6. Sift flour over the butter mixture and stir with a spatula until combined. 7. Use lightly floured hands to roll 30g of mixture into balls. Place on the prepared trays, about 5cm apart. 8. Use a lightly floured finger or end of a wooden spoon, make an indentation in the centre of each ball. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of jam into the centre of each biscuit. 9. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway through cooking, or until the biscuits

Quandong is widely dispersed throughout the central deserts and southern areas of Australia and is one of the nation’s most versatile bush foods. Photo: Adobe Stock


are cooked through and light golden. 10. Remove biscuits from the oven. Set aside on trays for 30 minutes to cool completely.


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The Record Magazine Issue 27 (November 2020)  

In this Issue 27 of The Record Magazine, we take a look at the issue of Community. Communities, particularly the Catholic communities of our...

The Record Magazine Issue 27 (November 2020)  

In this Issue 27 of The Record Magazine, we take a look at the issue of Community. Communities, particularly the Catholic communities of our...