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in this issue… Training & Formation Opportunities The Spirit of the Joy of the Gospel – Evangelii Gaudium


Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Diocese of Broken Bay

Pentecost Lesson & Sacred Space Ideas

CCD Newsletter Volume 19 Issue 2 Term Two 2014

planning ahead

MEETINGS AND EVENTS April 28 May 5 5 5 9 9, 16, 23, 30 12 16 19, 26 June 2 3 6 & 13 13 19 20 23 27 27

TERM 2 2014

TERM 2 COMMENCES CC: Parish Coordinators Meeting MWP: Parish Coordinators Meeting MWP: Secondary Catechists Meeting NSH: Parish Coordinators Meeting CC: Level 2 Andrew Chinn Workshop Service Award Application Deadline MWP & NSH: Level 2

10:00am - 1:00pm 9:45am - 12:00pm 12:00pm - 2:30pm 10:00am - 12:00pm 9:30am - 2:30pm 9:30am - 2:30pm

East Gosford Manly Vale Manly Vale CCC The Entrance CCC

9:30pm - 2:30pm

St Ives

MWP & NSH: Level 2 (cont) 9:30pm - 2:30pm Secondary Catechists Conference 9:30am - 2:30pm CC: Level 2 (cont) 9:30am - 2:30pm Deadline for submitting articles for Connections Term 3 MWP: Child Protection & Integrity Presentation 10:00am - 1:00pm CC: Regional Reflection Day 9:30am - 2:30pm MWP & NSH: Regional Reflection Day 9:30am - 2:30pm Statistics Deadline TERM 2 CONCLUDES

St Ives CCC The Entrance Manly Vale Central Coast St Ives

CCC – Caroline Chisholm Centre (Pennant Hills); CC – Central Coast; MWP – Peninsula; NSH – North Shore & Hornsby

Susan Daily


for SRE Catechists Monday 12 May 2014 Pennant Hills

Register by 5 May 2014

9847 0448 or

CCD Secondary Catechists’ Conference Wednesday 11 June 2014 10am-3pm

Tuesday 3 June 2014 9:30am - 4:00pm

Caroline Chisholm Centre Registrations & Information: Rhonda Andersen e: t: 02 98470726


BROKEN BAY BIBLE CONFERENCE 2014 “The Gospel of John — Joy Made Complete” 12-13 September 2014 Venue to be confirmed Enquiries: Pina Bernard Parish Support Unit 9847 0474

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Regional Reflection Days 20 & 23 June 2014

Living the Joy of Gospel Presented by

Fr Francis Moloney sdb

Front page: ‘Pentecost’ by Susan Daily


Catechists who are involved in Secondary Ministry will receive a personal invitation and details on how to register for the conference.

Sr Mary Coloe bvm

Peter Gates Deputy National Director for Catholic Mission

from the director

Welcome back! I hope that the Easter liturgical celebrations gave you all a chance to stop and reflect on the Resurrection and that you have had a chance to have a break, rest and recharge the batteries. As we move towards Pentecost, let us remember Pope Francis’ words Let us not be believers who seek “to hide or keep apart from others, or quietly flit from one place or task to another, without creating deep and stable bonds.” Sharing the Good News means “learning to find Jesus in the faces of others, in their voices, in their pleas” (Gaudium Evangelii, #91). Whilst you might sometimes feel as though you are flitting from one class to another in the day-today, the number of dedicated catechists we see coming back year after year is a testament otherwise. As catechists, you not only try to find Jesus in the faces and voices of the students that you teach, you have the opportunity to teach them to learn to do the same, and to create deep and stable bonds (even if this may not seem overtly evident!). It may sound cliche but we truly do not know how the Holy Spirit will work through us, and sometimes, in spite of us. Administrative and legislative tasks are taking front step this year with Working With Children Check clearance and the State government review of Special Religious Education which is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2014. There are quite a number of training and formation opportunities on offer this term. These include, the Inter-religious Relations in Today's World Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald interview with Geraldine Doogue, Pope Francis: Modelling the Ministry of St Peter eConference and Understanding the Nicene Creed. For details and bookings you may like to check the Broken Bay News for the Education and Formation Opportunities pull-out. As always, please accept my gratitude and support for the hope and encouragement in the message of the Gospel that you bring to children in State Schools. Someone once told me to always remember that we learn head-stuff from books and classroom lessons, but we learn heart-stuff from the person of the teacher. Thank you for being the face of Jesus in the classroom.

Training & Formation and Service Awards 2014 If you have recently completed Level 1 or 2 Training and Formation course you will be eligible for a Certificate of completion. Please contact your Parish Coordinator or Regional Office if you believe that you are eligible for a Training Certificate. If you are due for a Years of Service Award, please complete an application form and submit this to your Parish Coordinator as soon as possible or ask your coordinator for assistance. Service Awards are generally presented in 5 year increments. Please consider applying for an Award especially if you have never received one before. To receive an award in your parish is a wonderful witness to the Ministry to which you dedicate so much time and energy.

May the risen-Christ be with you this Easter-tide and always. God Bless Carole Gan, Director, Parish Support Unit

Events From the Director From the Diocesan CCD Coordinator Catechist Formation: The Spirit of the Joy of the Gospel From the Regions: Parish growth & Secondary Ministry Technology in the Classroom For the Classroom: Pentecost, Classroom Management & Sacred Space s From the Classroom: Awesome Catechists Noticeboard, Training Dates & CCD Directory

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CONTENTS Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


from the Diocesan Coordinator, CCD

Term Two 2014 Week 1 (27 April) Second Sunday of Easter Week 2 (4 May) Third Sunday of Easter Week 3 (11 May) Fourth Sunday of Easter Week 4 (18 May) Fifth Sunday of Easter Week 5 (25 May) Sixth Sunday of Easter Week 6 (8 June)

The Ascension of the Lord Week 7 (15 June) Ordinary Time Trinity Sunday Week 8 (22 June) Ordinary Time

The Body and Blood of Christ 27 June—Sacred Heart

From the Diocesan Office Catechists are Easter people; they embody their belief in the risen Christ and proclaim it with actions and words. I believe our actions are what the children will most remember of their experience of Special Religious Education. When addressing catechists of the world in September 2013, Pope Francis used the words of St Francis of Assisi to his friars “preach the Gospel at all times…… use words if necessary”. As you carry the joy of the Easter season into the SRE classroom, you will bring Jesus alive to the children and young people you teach with your faith and your love of the Gospel. I pray that the message of Easter will burn in their hearts so that they will be transformed by the witness you bear. May God bless you and your families during this Easter season and always. Alison Newell Diocesan Coordinator, CCD

The State Government has announced there will be a review of Special Religious Education to be conducted over a 12-15 month period commencing in the second half of 2014. The Review will be an independent one; the Government is calling for tenders for a reviewer to be contracted. Special Education in Ethics (SEE) has also been included in the terms of reference for the review. The last review of SRE was held during the latter part of the 1970s, the result being the Rawlinson Report which was handed down in 1980. The recommendations of the Rawlinson Report still underpin the provision of SRE in Government schools to this day. The Independent Review provides an opportunity to honour the significant commitment SRE volunteers have been making to

public education for over 140 years. Further, it provides an opportunity to show what we do well and may recommend ways to improve even further how SRE is conducted in schools. The terms of reference will cover such topics as authorisation of SRE teachers (catechists); authorisation of SRE curriculum including age-appropriateness of teaching material; training courses for SRE teachers; and complaints handling. In most Government schools SRE is conducted in an efficient and organised manner. Coordinators and catechists work well at a local level with school communities to provide a quality program and the schools are obliging and cooperative in their dealings with SRE providers. Every child who attends SRE does so because their parents have enrolled them into an SRE class of their choice.

It is timely to remind ourselves of the importance of working within the structures, policies and procedures that are in place for the provision of quality SRE. We must ensure that catechists are authorised and adequately trained. We must be mindful of our responsibility to use the authorised curriculum, which for catechists teaching Catholic SRE in the Diocese of Broken Bay is Walking With Jesus Pathways of Discipleship. It is essential to continue building rapport with school communities and other providers of SRE at a local level. The role of CCD is to support parish teams to do this. Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the CCD staff if you have any concerns about the provision of SRE in the Government schools of your parish. Finally, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the workings of the Independent Review into SRE and that the wonderful work which is done in forming children in the faith of their families will be duly recognised. Congratulations to all of you for your excellence in providing Special Religious Education to the young Catholic people in our Diocese.


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training for catechists

In New South Wales, a Working with Children Check is now a legal requirement for anyone who works in child related ministries or industries. This is a significant step forward in keeping children safe. The Diocese of Broken Bay is a child safe organisation The process to obtain a WWCC clearance number is a simple one. See your Parish Catechist Coordinator or Parish Secretary for details on how to obtain the clearance, or log onto Please be sure to provide the clearance

For any paid or volunteer work, it is important to update our skills from time to time. Ongoing training in the areas of child protection and classroom management are important requirements for those who work in the Ministry of Special Religious Education in public schools.

number to your Parish Office when you receive it from the Office of the Children’s Guardian. The number belongs to you and can be used for any child-related volunteer work. The clearance number is valid for five years and will need to be renewed upon expiry. There is no charge for volunteers. New catechists must obtain a Working with Children Check clearance number as part of the CCD authorisation process before they enter a classroom. Existing catechists are required to obtain their clearance number during the

Office of the Children’s Guardian phase-in period for ‘religious services’, which is 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. Creating a safe learning environment for children and catechists is an important part of our work. CCD is currently offering training across the Diocese to encourage all catechists to be mindful of their responsibilities in relation to protecting children and to provide strategies in how to create a safe working atmosphere to enable children and catechists alike to enjoy their time in SRE.

regardless of whether you are in a classroom, a library or a wet area.

The training is being offered across the Diocese in regional areas. If attendance numbers are sufficient, we are happy to provide the training locally at a parish CCD has developed child protection level. Please speak with your training which incorporates Parish Coordinator or your strategies on how to create a safe Regional CCD office for more learning environment for children information. and catechists. A safe and happy Classroom management learning experience is essential if training is in the process of SRE lessons are to become a rich being re-developed and will be part of a child’s faith journey. You rolled out in the second half can create that atmosphere of 2014.

Alison Newell, Diocesan Coordinator, CCD

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


catechist formation

The Spirit of the Joy of the Gospel – Evangelii Gaudium “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.” (EG 1) Do we really believe this? Do we live our daily lives filled with the joy that we are “set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness”? This is the first challenge that Pope Francis sets before us in this Exhortation. The spirit of this document is one of awakening and renewal. Pope Francis is challenging us to be wide awake to the joy of the Gospel, and indeed to all joy contained in the Scriptures, and to live our lives in such a way that we are reflections of this wonderful joy that God is offering us.

we are with the children in our classes. Can we not be like that with everyone we meet? Can we accept the challenge of Pope Francis to be people of hope in our homes, our neighbourhoods, our parish communities? But what about all the terrible things that are happening in our world? How can we be hopeful in the face of war and the terrible atrocities that happen? Again Evangelii Gaudium challenges us to be living examples of fraternal love and Pope Francis gives us a practical solution to help us maintain this love for one another… We all have our likes and dislikes, and perhaps at this very moment we are angry with someone. At least let us say: “Lord, I am angry with this person. I pray for him, for her.” This is a beautiful step forward in love, and an act of evangelization. Let us do it today!” (EG 101)

In the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel, everyone is told to rejoice: Mary is greeted by the angel at the annunciation of the conception of Jesus and told to rejoice; the child in Elizabeth’s womb ‘leaps for joy’ when Mary visits her kinswoman; the shepherds are told by the angels to glorify God in the highest because The spirit of Evangelii Gaudium urges us to re-read the Jesus is born and John proclaims that his joy is complete Gospel with new eyes and a new heart, to read it as if it once Jesus began his ministry.. is the very first time we have heard this Good News and Too often Christians can live their lives as though the to welcome Jesus into our lives anew each time. If we Easter season does not exist. They are continually living do this, we will deepen our memories their lives in the season of Lent. In John’s Gospel, when of how God has acted in our personal Jesus is speaking to, indeed consoling the apostles at lives, and indeed in the life of the the Last Supper, he encourages them to look forward to world. the joy that will be theirs when He rises from the dead As catechists, we are given many to new life, when the salvation of the world has been opportunities to help our students won. also deepen their memories of how In this document we are all encouraged to become evangelisers and are reminded that “through baptism every Christian is challenged to be actively engaged in evangelisation.” How do we do this? Pope Francis tells us that in our everyday lives we are presented with opportunities to share the love of Christ with all those whom we meet. Take a moment to reflect on your day and examine how you showed the love of Christ to those you met today – family members, shop owners, fellow passengers on the bus or train, the people with whom you shared the pew at daily Mass, children on their way to school or in class? We are also challenged to be people of hope. As catechists, do we take up this ministry because “someone has to do it”? Is it a tiresome burden that we undertake and do we give this message to the children? I think not. We are hopeful and hope filled people when


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God has worked in their lives both in the times when things were going smoothly and the times when the road was a little bumpy for them. As a people who are filled with the joy of the Gospel, who live our lives reflecting this joy and accept the mission we received at our baptism, let us meet Jesus in the Gospel anew each time we read it, listen to it or pray it, and keep Mary’s prayer in the front of our minds. “The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name! His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.” Michael Tebbutt Senior Regional Co-ordinator CCD

from the regions

WARRINGAH PARISH CHANGES- MOVING FORWARD After 36 years as a volunteer parish CCD coordinator for Narraweena, Mavis Tarr has resigned as coordinator but continues to be a catechist. This is a remarkable contribution to the life of the parish. The Parish of Warringah suitably acknowledged Mavis’ contribution of more than 3 decades with a parish presentation in December 2013. Dolly Too also tendered her resignation in January 2014 as parish CCD coordinator of Dee Why for 6 years. The parish is grateful to both ladies for their voluntary contribution to CCD ministry. 2014 will see a significant change to the administration of CCD in the Warringah Parish. The CCD ministry will look after the four primary schools and one secondary school in the parish. This is approximately 800 students who receive Catholic SRE weekly from the parish

parish community with two churches. Warringah parish has also been blessed with the generosity of time and commitment, from three catechists who live, worship and teach SRE in the neighbouring Lakes Parish and Manly Freshwater Parish. Preparations are currently in progress for the Easter Ecumenical catechists. On behalf of the Assemblies at the four primary Warringah Parish, I would like to schools. Negotiations for these acknowledge the generous events to proceed happen with contribution to CCD/SRE that is voluntarily given by the wonderful three different Ecumenical teams. Working with the other catechists of the parish. Presently 26 catechists service the 37 primary representatives of churches and faiths in the Warringah parish area classes. Some of these primary classes have 60 students in the year is a great privilege and part of the group. There is also a husband and joys of this ministry. As this parish begins the unifying wife team who goes into Manly process, one CCD meeting will be Selective High weekly to teach held each term for all catechists to years 7,8,9 and 10. There are a get together and for information to number of catechists who teach be shared. more than one class, sometimes It is my privilege to serve the two or three classes. Some community of Warringah. catechists go to two schools with one travelling to three of the four Yvonne van den Berg primary schools as the parish Regional Support Coordinator, MWP moves forward to become oneCCD

The Tree of Life Secondary Seminar … God sent his only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:7 The power of prayer in seminars across the Central coast in Term 1 captured the everyday struggles of the communities and the real obstacles faced by our young adults in the Diocese of Broken Bay. The Tree of Life seminar focused on the sacrifices made by Jesus so that we could have life. During Lent we are challenged to identify the obstacles we face and through prayer reflection we can achieve fulfilment during the journey of faith to Easter. The message of hope and

resurrection was the second half of the seminar and left the students with the hope of eternal life with the loving father. The seminar reached a climax with a moving prayer ritual which challenged the students to identify the obstacles that we face. The engagement of the students’ honesty has left many of us humbled. The real poverty, broken relationships, illness and social pressures such as drugs were identified by the students. The students’ prayer intentions were prayed over and later

offered to the parishes for further prayer in Mass. In our prayers let us remember our young adults and the challenging lives they live and the catechists who offer hope every term.

Rebecca Bishop Regional Support Coordinator, CC CCD

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


technology in the classroom

Interactive Whiteboards &



Interactive whiteboard technology can enrich the learning and teaching experience for both students and teachers. However, using this technology – and using it well – may seem a little overwhelming. These research-based tips will help make its introduction and ongoing use in your classroom easy and effective: 

If the school where you teach allows, ask if you can practise using the board and the software before you use them in a lesson.

When you are conducting your lesson, invite the students to explore the board and software and experiment with the functions.

After writing on the board or illustrating a poster or activity, you can erase the board all at once by simply picking up the eraser (or if you are using Touch Recognition use your palm) and then make one circle with it around the writing without lifting the eraser. Then, tap the board in the centre of the circle you made. All of the writing within the circle you drew with the eraser will disappear. This will often be quicker than pressing the “undo” tool to remove each section of writing.

Using the magic pen to spotlight an area of your work can help the students to focus on whatever step you are explaining in the lesson plan. You can enlarge the spotlight by placing your finger on the board near the centre of the spotlight circle and move your finger away from the centre – this will “magically “expand the area of the circle. Remember to keep in contact with the interactive whiteboard as you do this. If you wish to move the circle around the image on your board, touch the circumference of the circle and drag it in the desired direction.

MAC USB viewer link Those of you who are having difficulty downloading a viewer on your home computer (Apple/Mac) for the USB handed out at SmartBoard training sessions try the following web site. The link to smart software is: SMART+Notebook+Interactive+Viewer+software/SMART+Notebook+Interactive+Viewer/ SMART+Notebook+Interactive+Viewer+Mac Download and install on to your computer. 8

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ideas for the

Pentecost Lesson: “The Holy Spirit God is with us” In your sacred space, display 2 items, drawn from the Bible as images of the Holy Spirit. 1. ribbon with BluTack attached to small hand held fan or a concertina fan made with paper, (symbolising Wind or Breath), and 2.a drawing or cut out of a Dove (whose image is connected directly with the Holy Spirit) together with a Children’s Bible. Introduce these common images for the Holy Spirit; Wind and Breath as breeze or wind, demonstrate to children the effect of breezes from low speed (gentle fanning) to slightly rustle ribbon. Carefully change the direction of the fan towards the students and ask them to feel the effect of the breeze. Question: How was the ribbon affected by the breeze from the fan? (It didn’t stay still, rippled, moved). Introduce The Word linking your last demonstration by reading Acts 2:1-2 (words such as violent or mighty are to be clarified by demonstrating an increased fan speed to see and hear the effects of wind). Continue by reading Acts 2:3-8, 12-13. Question: What is the meaning of the strong wind in the passage? (Symbolises God coming to the disciples, the Holy Spirit is the very power of God). Kindergarten, Year 1 and 2 can then do a craft activity making their own fan*, other stages proceed to Part 2.

Part 2: Pentecost Lesson: Continued Stages 3 and up Question: From the story, what might the strength of the wind suggest about Pentecost? (The Holy Spirit is the very power of God). Question: As this image represents the Holy Spirit, discuss how turning up the fan symbolises God’s effect on you and on God’s activity in the world. How does it feel? In your sacred space, bring into focus 3 more items: Water (clear bowl with water), Oil and Anointing (Oil in clear glass container), Fire (an imitation candle). As each item is brought forth, either question or explain how each item is a scriptural image of the Holy Spirit. Organise class into 5 groups with each group assigned to a specific symbol together with Biblical reference for these symbols. Water (Ezekiel 36:24-27, John 4:7-15, John 7:38-39) Oil and Anointing (Matthew 25:1 -13, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22) Fire (Luke 12:49, Luke 24:32, Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4) Wind or Breath (Genesis 1:1-2, John 3:5-8, John 20:21-22, Acts of the Apostles 2:2) Dove (Genesis 8:8-12, Matthew 3:16, John 1:29-34). With readings, each group then discusses what the item tells them about the Holy Spirit, what the passages tell them about how the Holy Spirit works and how the Holy Spirit works in their lives today. Each group then prepares a short presentation to teach their class about their symbol, it’s depiction in scripture, what it tells them about the Holy Spirit and what this means for them today in ordinary life.


Extension: Pentecost Lesson “Living Water” Stages 4-6 High School

Teaching aids: Bible, Journal paper and post-it notes. Highlight to students how being open to receive Living Water then allows them to become sources of Living Water for others. In small groups, students read/listen to John 7:37-39. Students are then invited to journal (to quiet music) using the following questions as a guide: Question: What makes you thirsty (spiritually speaking) in your life? Question: Can you ascertain what could quench this thirst? Question: How can you become a source of Living Water for others? (Understanding your thirst needs to be quenched first in order for this to happen). Imagine how you can help others find what makes them thirsty. ACTION: Journal the name(s) of others (from the last dot point); discern what you can do this week to be more of a source of Living water for them. Write this action on your post-it note, to place it where it can be a reminder this week for you. Jennifer Skelly, CCD Support Coordinator, NSH Lessons adapted from “The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth” (Permission to reproduce)

*For ideas on how to make and decorate a paper fan see: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


for the classroom

Ten Tips for a Well Managed Class ...continuing on from tips for Classroom Management ,Term 1 It is very important for you, as a Special Religious Education teacher, to have a well managed class so the students get as much out of the lesson as they are able and that the lesson is not a stressful time for you. The school will be thankful and you will be rewarded by the response from the children.  Prepare your lesson thoroughly beforehand. Know the aim of your lesson and the way you are going to achieve the aim.  Be familiar with the activities in the student work book and the interactive white board resource so you can use both resources effectively.  Gain the attention of the whole class before giving general instructions and give them from the front of the room. Do not give too many directions at once. Give a direction and wait for it to be done before giving another.  If there is a suggested activity in the Teacher’s Manual that you do not feel comfortable getting the children to do, e.g. a frozen statues dramatic activity, or something you know the students will not respond to, e.g. singing the song, do not be afraid to use another activity that you feel confident doing or that the students respond well to. So long as this new activity helps to achieve the aim of the lesson, feel free to use it.  Follow up instructions to make sure they are carried out. Look around the room to check that everyone is one the same page, so to speak. You could also move around checking that the direction is being followed.  Affirm positive behaviour and work. This is

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particularly effective with the child who lacks confidence or tends to be less attentive. If that child knows you have seen that he or she is achieving something, no matter how small, the child will respond positively. Speak to students with respect, especially when correcting or disciplining them. Always remain calm and assertive. If you raise your voice, or show that you are overly annoyed, the students will play on it and a small problem will grow out of proportion. Expect good behaviour and the students’ best work. Be a prophet of the positive, not doom and gloom. The power of positive thinking really can work. Have a set of related activities that can be used with students or classes who finish work quickly. Make sure students are aware of the consequences of misbehaviour and that any discipline measures are appropriate and consistently carried out. Be familiar with the schools Classroom Management Procedures and use them. The students are already acquainted with the school’s rules and this will relieve you from having to develop your own. Michael Tebbutt Senior CCD Support Coordinator, Central Coast

Easter Season Sacred Space The unspoken things you do in the SRE classroom can have a lasting impact on the children and help to form them in the ways of being Catholic? One way to do this is to set up a simple sacred space in your learning environment. You can bring the joy of the Easter season to the children by displaying a sacred space that highlights the meaning of the Resurrection. You will need some or all of these items: Small piece of white satin fabric Children’s Bible Small cross made from twigs in the garden Yellow flower or petals Candle – battery operated Small bowl Small bottle of water Spray of leaves from the garden A shoe box – to carry the items and to use in the sacred space to make it two dimensional. Place the shoe box on the desk, table or floor; drape the fabric over the box and allow the folds to create another level. Place the yellow flower or petals on the shoe box level of the fabric; place the cross on top of the petals and the candle beside the cross. Pour the water into the bowl and position on the lower level of the sacred space. Sit the spray of leaves beside the water bowl. Display the children’s Bible opened at the Resurrection or one of the post-Resurrection appearances. Lay it down or lean it against the shoe box. Light the candle. Have the children help you set up the sacred space by inviting some of them to place items. Towards the end of the lesson ask the children to hold their hands out towards the sacred space and you can pray a small blessing over the water. Invite the children to bless themselves with the water as they leave the classroom. Alison Newell Diocesan Coordinator, CCD


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from the classroom

St Ives Parish Eric was in my Year 5 class last year. He is a very sincere young man with a mature attitude. He came from South Korea to Australia with his parents and has worked hard to find his own way into our Australian school life and culture. His mother told me that he is self motivated. He is supported by his parents but not pushed by

them. Eric's aim in life seems to be to become the best person he can be. He was always keen to be involved in helping to prepare our classroom for our SRE lesson, particularly in setting up our "God Space", handing out books and packing up at the end of the class. All done capably and

quietly while sharing the tasks with other students. I think what I admire most about Eric is his respectful attitude at all times - respect for himself, for his fellow students and for his teachers. He gets my "Student of the Year" vote for 2013. Here is a copy of the letter he wrote to me at the end of the year. Bev Howie Parish Coordinator, St Ives

Dear Mrs Howie, Thank you very much for your scripture lessons this year. I learnt so many things from you, including: What Jesus did to help us and where Jesus’ followers went to do what Jesus asked them to do. Your cheerful mood when you teach, which was consistent all year, always cheered me up too! Next year, even if I will be next door to your class, I will miss the cheerful feeling you give me. I also thank you for the reference letter you gave me. I will try my hardest to get a good result. Thank you again, Yours sincerely, Eric

Gosford Parish I have been teaching scripture for a while now at Point Clare School, where my children go to school. Last year I taught my son and his friends in Year 1 I was tested but survived and my faith has grown. Mary Thomson Catechist, Gosford

W e love to receive your stories from the Classroom or Parishes to includ e in Connections. If you would like to submit an ar ticle please do so. It can be as little as a few lines on a good lesson; a story; a resource you’ve fou nd; or a special ev ent in the parish or school. If there’s something yo u’d like to see us cover in fut ure editions, please let us know that too!

To submit an suggestion for Co article or to make a nn ections please write to: au or CCD, PO Pennant Hills 1715 Box 340, Closing date for the Te rm 3 issue is 13 June 2014

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


notices and directory

Training & Formation Courses Term 2, 2014 Commences 26 April Course Type Level 2 Andrew Chinn Workshop Level 2 Child Protection & Integrity




Register by


9,16, 23 &30 May; 6, 13 & 20 June (Fridays)

9:30am - 2:30pm

Fri 2 May

4332 9825

12 May (Monday)

9:30am – 2:30pm

Mon 5 May

4332 9825 or 9847 0448

St Ives (MWP/NSH)

19 & 26 May; 2 June (Tuesdays)

9:30am - 2:30pm

Tues 12 May

9847 0448

Manly Vale (MWP)

19 June (Thursday)

10:00am - 1:00pm

Thu 12 Jun

9847 0448

The Entrance (CC) CCC, Pennant Hills (All regions)

All training is offered at no cost to the participants. Phone your local PSU Regional Office for enquiries or a full program. See below for further contact details. Please assist us in our planning for events and courses by replying by the advertised closing date. REGISTRATIONS: Call: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825 or Email: Students of all schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay are invited to submit an artwork for this event. The artwork can be in any artistic medium including painting, drawing, print, photography, film, sculpture, dance, drama. The artwork must be inspired by a Scriptural person, event, passage, or theme. To participate, a parent or guardian must complete an online form and agree to the competition’s terms and conditions. For bookmarks advertising the event contact your Parish Coordinator or Regional CCD Office. Artworks must be uploaded to the Diocesan Website by 1 August, 2014. There will be prizes and in addition, all entrants will receive a Participation Award. For further information and Terms and Conditions of entry see:

CCD DIRECTORY Current as of September 2013

Diocesan Office Caroline Chisholm Centre (CCC) Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd Pennant Hills (Enter off City View Rd) Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0492 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 Director - PSU Carole Gan Phone: (02) 9847 0560 Diocesan CCD Coordinator Alison Newell Phone: (02) 4334 3367 E-mail: Diocesan Admin Assistant Phone: (02) 9847 0492 E-mail: CCD Authorisations Contact your PSU Regional Centre

Curriculum Orders Dina Leverett Phone: 9847 0442 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: North Shore & Hornsby Office (NSH) Caroline Chisholm Centre Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0482 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: Joe Pulis - (02) 9847 0228 E: Jennifer Skelly - (02) 9847 0488 E-mail: Central Coast (Gosford) Office (CCG) PSU Regional Centre 58 Victoria St, East Gosford NSW 2250 Phone: (02) 4323 7090 Fax: (02) 4323 7097 E-mail: Michael Tebbutt - (02) 4323 7090 E-mail:

Central Coast (Wyong) Office (CCW) PSU Regional Centre Catholic Formation and Education Centre 12 Ashton Avenue, The Entrance Postal Address PO Box 390, The Entrance NSW 2261 Phone: (02) 4334 3367 Fax: (02) 4334 3230 E-mail: Rebecca Bishop - (02) 4334 3367 E-mail: Manly Warringah Peninsula Office (MWP) Caroline Chisholm Centre Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0516 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: Yvonne van den Berg - (02) 9847 0494 E-mail: CCD WEBSITE

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