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An exciting new Teaching School Hub is being developed through a dynamic partnership between Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes (CEWF) and Alphacrucis College (AC).
Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes’ Recruitment & Liaison Coordinator, Carmen Walsh, said the new initiative would allow Catholic School Support Staff, High School Leavers, and interested community members to work part-time in a school support role. At the same time, they complete a teaching degree, and the best part is they don’t need to leave their hometown.
“The Teaching Schools Model is an exciting concept that flips the conventional model of teacher training by bringing fully accredited higher education onsite to our very own Wilcannia-Forbes Catholic schools,” Carmen said.
“Students will be employed in CEWF schools as part-time support staff providing them with in-the-classroom experience and invaluable support from teaching staff during their study.”
Recruitment has commenced for the CEWF Teaching Schools Manager position for the Hub based in Forbes, whose responsibilities will include establishing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating the quality and continuous improvement of the CEWF Teaching Schools program. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the strategic leadership of the partnership between Alphacrucis College and the CEWF Teaching Schools Hub and provide ongoing support to Trainees throughout their study.
“Specifically, the role focuses on proactively supporting trainees who are enrolled in our CEWF Teaching Schools Program,” Carmen said.
Deputy Director of Catholic Education, Mary-Ellen Dempsey, says the strategy addresses the challenges of staff shortages currently affecting Western NSW Catholic schools by providing highly trained, workplace-ready graduates for the future.
“We are confident that by training people from our communities, their lifelong ambitions will be to remain in those communities, continuing to enjoy the wonderful lifestyle that regional communities have to offer.”
“We are also acutely aware that the experience undergraduate teachers’ gain in schools is invaluable. We believe the role of a student-teacher will benefit everyone, the experienced teachers they work with, our students and the community. Their work will be a tremendous support to hard-working professionals both in the learning spaces and in preparation, resourcing and organisation. We are very excited about the possibilities,” Mary-Ellen said. The Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes is geographically large and diverse and includes eighteen schools in an area occupying half of New South Wales. To find out more about the developing CEWF Teaching School Hub, contact Carmen Walsh by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is it?
Teachers who are interested in attaining a leadership position within our Diocese are invited to complete the “Expression of interest for Leadership Opportunities” form. This alerts our recruitment team to individuals who are interested in future leadership opportunities, particularly at middle leadership levels. This will enable us to not only consider these individuals for opportunities that arise but to assist with the provision of pathways to leadership.
- To provide pathways within our own Diocese for teachers seeking leadership opportunities.
- To assist our Diocese with recruiting leaders, particularly in our more remote areas, through the establishment of a pool of potential leaders.
Where is it located?
Who will benefit from this program?
- Teachers in our Diocese who are interested in opportunities for future leadership.
- Schools advertising leadership positions.
- If based on a secondment arrangement, this will advance the teacher’s skills on return to their original school, and benefit the school from which they are drawn.
- Our Employer Brand – supporting employees and schools.
Opportunities will be available for interested teachers to gain appropriate accreditation to lead in a Catholic School in our Diocese.
How would this work?
Once an expression of interest is received that teacher will be placed in our Talent Community database, under ‘Leadership interest’. The recruitment team will make contact with the employee and discuss their interest along with possible pathways to develop their skills and suitability for future opportunities.
When Leadership positions become available and are advertised, the employee will be contacted to initiate discussion on suitability and interest. If this criteria is met, the employee will be encouraged to apply for the position.
To encourage teachers to leave the security of their own town, a secondment for a given period may be offered that would mutually benefit both schools, as well as the teacher. If there is no need (or the teacher does not wish to take on secondment) then the process will follow our usual procedures. Any secondment arrangement would always be a consultative process involving the relevant Principals.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes is delighted to announce a new Catholic school for the community of Moama. Blessed Carlo Catholic College is planned to be a Kindergarten to Year 12 (K-12) school taking in its first intake of students in 2024.
Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green announced the new school saying: “Blessed Carlo Catholic College will be a school centred on the teachings and example of Jesus. Our students will be offered outstanding teaching and learning by staff who take the best of contemporary learning combined with tried and tested teaching methods.”
Bishop Columba said that the college is the first face to face school (there is an online school in Canada) to be named after Blessed Carlo Acutis – an Italian boy who died at the age of 15 and who was beatified (first step to becoming a saint) by Pope Francis in October last year. “It is an honour to name our school after such an inspiring young person who showed that children and teenagers can live lives devoted to God and to caring for those around them. All the students will be proud of their school name knowing that they too can live inspiring lives for others”.
Bishop Columba said that Blessed Carlo was especially known for using technology to spread the Gospel. “With our young people so connected to technology today, he showed us how media can be used for the good of society. Like many youngsters in Moama, he was also an avid gamer who loved playing sports, especially football. I couldn’t think of a more uplifting or relevant role model for the young people of Moama.”
Director of Catholic Education for the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, Anthony Gordon, says the new school will open with state of the art learning facilities that accommodate a variety of learning experiences but that also embrace the tradition of the Catholic Church. “When you walk into Blessed Carlo you will know that you are in a school that strives for the best in culture and learning but you will also sense the comfort of a tradition firmly based on faith, love, hope, respect and service.”
Anthony Gordon says Blessed Carlo Catholic College will seek to develop the whole person – students will grow spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically.
“We will be recruiting leaders and staff devoted to the mission of developing young people to their full potential.” Fr Richard Green, Parish Priest of Moama, says that the school is exciting not only for the parish of St Aloysius’ but also for the whole community of Moama.
“A Catholic school in Moama is great news for our parish but also shows the flourishing of this fast-growing region. We are very respectful of all the schools in the Moama region and look forward to working with colleagues from other schools. Blessed Carlo Catholic College will give families the choice of a new and vibrant Catholic school.
We have a beautiful 10-acre block of land in a central part of Moama on the corner of Lignum Rd and Kiely Rd. We are also grateful to Murray River Council for their strong support for our planned school. We are intentionally building this school to serve the whole community.”
Anthony Gordon says that serving the Moama community is at the heart of all of their planning.
“It is very important for us to listen to everyone in the community of Moama. We would like to hear what you would value in a new school in Moama. We had planned a number of consultation sessions in the Moama community but have had to put those on hold with the latest concerns around COVID outbreaks in NSW and Victoria. We can’t wait to hear from you when we are able to hold these consultations in places like the Echuca-Moama Markets. In the meantime, we would love to hear your feedback in this online survey. Just type in the following text or click on an online format: https://bit.ly/blessedcarlo.”
As part of the celebration of 200 years of Catholic Education, a special Mass was held at Red Bend Catholic College in Forbes and attended by a range of guests throughout the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese .
The Mass was celebrated by The Most Rev. Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE D.D. Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes.
To watch the event, click on the link below.