Teaching and Learning

Embracing Reconciliation Week: Learn, Reflect, and Celebrate!
This week, we are thrilled to celebrate Reconciliation Week, a time dedicated to learning about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and exploring how we can all contribute to reconciliation in Australia. Throughout the week, students will engage in a variety of enriching activities designed to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures. These activities may include playing traditional Indigenous games, reading and discussing stories written by First Nation authors, delving into Australia’s history through the eyes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and creating artworks inspired by Indigenous traditions.

Friday Festivities: Celebrate at Kings Parade!
The highlight of our week will be on Friday, when our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will join the wider community at Kings Parade to celebrate Reconciliation Week. This special event will feature a Welcome to Country ceremony and traditional dances performed by Dirraybang Footprint. To add to the festivities, all students will enjoy a delicious sausage sizzle for lunch. Information about this event will be forwarded to families today. Please complete all information on Compass by Thursday to support student attendance at this event.

Meet Our New Aboriginal Education Officer: PLP Meetings
On Wednesday to Friday this week, we will be holding Personal Learning Plan (PLP) meetings. These meetings provide a wonderful opportunity to meet our new Aboriginal Education Officer, Miss Reece Ryan. During these sessions, students along with their teachers and parents will set goals and strategies to support the growth and success of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for the remainder of the year.

Other Exciting Events This Week
CWA Public Speaking Competition: Best of Luck!

From Monday to Thursday this week, Nitesh, Benji, Lily, and Stella will be representing our school at the CWA Public Speaking Competition in Orange. We wish them every success as they showcase their speaking skills and compete against students from the local area.

Diocesan Spelling Bee: Go Team!
On Thursday, our Stage Two and Three Finalists, Laurence, Jacob, Lily N and Christian will travel to Wellington to compete in the Diocesan Spelling Bee. These students will go head-to-head with students from Catholic schools across the Diocese. We wish our finalists the best of luck in this exciting competition.

Musica Viva Presents Eastwinds: A Musical Treat!
On Thursday, we are excited to host the visiting ensemble Eastwinds through the Musica Viva program. Eastwinds is an internationally acclaimed ensemble known for their unique fusion of sounds from around the world, blending instruments such as the Persian ney, Indian bansuri, and didgeridoo with contemporary music styles. This will be a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience a vibrant and dynamic musical performance.

We look forward to a week filled with learning, reflection, celebration, through a variety of exciting activities and events.

Catherine O’Neill   | Assistant Principal


We are pleased to announce that Mr James Church will be joining Mrs Rice for Terms 3 and 4 in 4BR as Mrs Bowman begins her maternity leave. Mr Church brings with him a wealth of experience in a number of schools and a love of music which he is hoping to share with our school. Mr Church will meet his new class next Monday and spend time over the following weeks getting to know our school and the students of 4BR before the commencement of his appointment in Term 3. 

You Are Invited!

On Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (commonly referred to in Latin as 'Corpus Christi'). This feast is to solemnly commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist and was instituted in 1264.

The Eucharist is intimate and unique because earthly signs are transformed by God's love, and are consumed in faith. As we eat and drink these elements Christ becomes part of us, and we come alive in Christ. Richard Leonard SJ

The Church has a tradition of commemorating this feast day with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament outside of the church building, to give public witness to our faith in the Eucharist and our devotion to it. Robert Cabie

Eucharistic Processions are intimately linked to Mass and so directly after the Dismissal at 10am Mass on Sunday, everyone is invited to join in with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the grounds of the Cathedral ending with Benediction in the Cathedral.

Fr Thao   | Priest

School Photos

Family Photo Ordering
Family photos are treasured memories that are extremely important to parents just as much as individual and class photos. To be more efficient we are making a slight change to the ordering process.

Currently we offer online preordering for family photos 3-4 weeks before photo day and ordering ends 4pm the business day before school photos, this will not change.

 If parents miss that cutoff (having had 3-4 weeks prior to place an order) then we have to say no.    

RISE 2024 Years 6-9! Its time to Register!

Dear Friends,

Are you ready to embark on an inspiring journey filled with faith, friendship, and fun? If so, we invite you to join us for RISE, our Diocesan Catholic youth event tailored specifically for Youth in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.

RISE isn't just another event; it's an opportunity to connect with peers, deepen your relationship with God, and discover the joy of being part of a vibrant Catholic community. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Mt Panorama, RISE promises two days packed with engaging activities, thought-provoking discussions, and moments of spiritual growth.

Here's what you can look forward to during RISE:

  1. Inspiring Talks and Workshops: Our lineup of speakers and facilitators are committed to empowering you with insights that resonate with your journey as a young person.

  2. Prayer: Experience the power of collective and personal prayer as we come together to praise and honor our faith through music, prayer, and reflection.

  3. Meaningful Connections: Forge lasting friendships with fellow participants who share your values, beliefs, and aspirations.

  4. Outdoor Activities: Enjoy the beauty of nature as we incorporate outdoor adventures and recreational activities into our program.

  5. Encounter: Deepen your spiritual journey through moments of Encounter with God and the Church.

RISE will take place on the 11th and 12th of July, offering you two days filled with inspiration, growth, and joy. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to rejuvenate your faith and connect with like-minded peers from across our diocese.

To register for RISE and secure your spot, simply visit and complete the online registration form.


Early registration is encouraged as space is limited, and we wouldn't want you to miss out on this transformative experience.

If you have any questions or require further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to me via email or 0458261513

Let's come together to rise in faith, hope, and fun at RISE!

More details below: https://youtu.be/8ySg1sS27e8

RISE Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2024 (School Holidays) (RISEN team arrive on Wednesday)10am Drop off at St Philomena's Bathurst and Pick Up 2pm @ Cathedral School BathurstRegister here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHNv-42N5f75quNrpzZ7pjDYfCK_jhkWaiAQB2uYKinXix3g/viewform
 For payment please list the name of the person you are registering and paying for.

God Bless.
Deacon Josh Clayton
Mission and Renewal Director Catholic Diocese of Bathurst
118 Keppel St (PO Box 246) BATHURST  NSW  2795
P:    02 6334 6414
M: 0458 261 513
E: mrd@bathurst.catholic.org.au
To make Jesus known, to help people meet him, to grow in knowledge and love of him together as a community of Word, Sacrament and Service.

Lost and Found

Please claim at the School Office.

Class in Focus | 1JV

Loving Learning
Over the past weeks, 1JV have been learning about patterns in Mathematics through engaging hands-on activities. In our Resilience Project lessons, we have focused on empathy and how we can be helpful heroes. We used our Visual Arts lesson to create our own superhero and mask.
We have loved our gymnastics lessons for Sport and have been working on our balancing skills.
The highlight of our learning has been our excursion to Miss Traill’s House as part of our History unit this term. 

Mrs Jenkins and Mrs Vickers


Student of the WeekBookwork Awards - HSIEInfants Sports Awards

KA: Ileana
KM: Tori
1JV: Cooper
1M: Archie
2I: Perrie
2M: Kendall
3B: Solomon
3G: Aria
4BR: Imogen
4W: Audrey
5A: Harper
5C: Nadine 
6BG: Ralph
6T: Peppa
Library: Josephine 
Band: Georgie

KA: Ashmeet and Chom
KM: Dimitri and Charlie-Blake
1JV: Amelia and Esme
1M: Millicent and Piper
2I: Maelie and Nyah
2M: Ava and Johann
3B: Mitch and Abigail
3G: Franklin and Arahbella
4BR: Amelia and Wyatt 
4W: Ella and Khloe-Lee  
5A: Hunter and Kyle
5C: Ana and Lily  
6BG: Max and Josephine
6T: Samuel and Thomas

KA: Julia and Huxley 
KM: Ruben and Ruby
1JV: Akilah and Levi  
1M: Fletcher and Poppy
2I: Samayra and Sameera
2M: Charlie and Lily


Delany: Perrie and Grace
MacKillop: Franklin and Sarah 
McAuley: Bryce and Cecilia 
Quinn: Kobie and Kiki 

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)


   Canteen Roster Term 2 2024




June 26th
Cherie O’Shannessy
Millie McMahon
Helper Needed

May 30th, June 27th 
Kay Buttigeg
Kate Barker 12:45pm-1:45pm
Helper Needed

May 31st, June 28th 
Natalie Murphy
Helper Needed
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 June 5th, July 3rd
Helper Needed
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June 6th, July 4th
Kate Barker 12:45pm-1:45pm
Helper Needed
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June 7th, July 5th 
Kelly Richrdson
Holly Casey
Mel Burke (7th June)

May 29th, June 12th
Helper Needed
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 June 6th
Kate Barker 12:45pm-1:45pm
Helper Needed
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June 14th
Andrea Stahl
Helper Needed
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June 19th
Helper Needed
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June 20th
Jo Johnson
Stacey McKee
Helper Needed

June 21st
Alison Cornish 
Helper Needed
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The Canteen is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

We are in need of helpers in the Canteen on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. 
For the canteen to run smoothly 3 volunteers are essential.

Please contact Alana Watson on 0417 044 116 if you would like to be included in the canteen roster,
any time offered is welcomed.

Thank you to all our friends and family for all your ongoing support of the Cathedral Canteen.

Mini Vinnies Club


Students in every class enjoyed listening to the story Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker for National Simultaneous Storytime last week. We have been learning more about the Bowerbird in Library classes. Did you know that Bowerbirds are excellent mimics and can even copy mechanical noises?

Merryn Sadler   | Teacher Librarian

Student Representative Council (SRC)

We have received some wonderful entries.
These are displayed in Mrs Tavares’ window.

It is not too late to enter, entries close Friday of Week 5.


Working on empathy helps us to identify, understand and feel what another person is feeling. When we show empathy or we do something kind for someone else our brain releases oxytocin. This leads to increasing our self-esteem/confidence, energy levels, positivity and overall happiness.

Whole Family Activity:
Neighbourhood Kindness Challenge
As a family, choose an act of kindness from the list below that you would like to do for a neighbour or family friend.
Each family member can select one to commit to, or you can choose to do one together.

  • Cook them something delicious like a cake, hot bread, or cookies.
  • Write a note to put in their letterbox thanking them for being a great neighbour or friend.
  • Design them a Thank You card.
  • Pick or buy some flowers to deliver to them.
  • Choose a little plant from your garden to give them.
  • Make them a gift from things around your house.
  • Offer to do a job for them, like wash their car or water their garden.
  • Offer to take their pets for a walk.
  • Invite them over for afternoon tea.
  • Invite them on a walk.
  • Recommend one of your favourite books to borrow and read.
  • Ask them if they need anything from the shops next time you buy groceries.
  • Say hello next time you see them, and ask them how their day is going.

Feel free to do more than one and spread the kindness even further!

Report back to each other in one week and share how your acts of kindness were received, and how doing them made you feel.

Family Habit Builder:
Every night at dinner, have each person thank another family member for something they’ve done or said today, or give another family member a compliment.

Breakfast Club
Our Cathedral Breakfast club has continued to be positively received by our students. It is really pleasing to see our students enjoying something warm on these colder mornings, and being able to fuel their bodies for their day of learning and playing ahead.

We would like to thank Coles, Woolworths, Q Office Furniture, Mount Panorama Lions Club and the McMahon family for further sponsoring this project with their generous donations. Our hope is to continue this project into the future and would welcome any further donations of food or money to support the project.

Please contact Alana in the canteen on 0417 044 116 if you would like to be included in the morning breakfast roster. Food is served from 8:30-9:00am. If you could spare some time at drop off it would be greatly appreciated.

This program is voluntary and only students presenting to the canteen will be given breakfast. Please contact the school if you would like to opt your child out of this program as all students who present to the canteen will be given breakfast unless instructed otherwise.

Lunchbox Snack Options that aren't just Chips!
Chips and processed foods are fine as a ‘sometimes’ food, not everyday. Research tells us that children’s tastebuds will develop based on the food they are regularly exposed to. Encouraging children to make some small changes in their lunchbox snacks can make a difference to their concentration and energy levels. 

Alice Gallagher and Abbie Bowman   | Wellbeing Teacher/Primary Coordinator 

Term 2 - Week 5

  • Monday 27th May 2024
    • Assembly led by 4W
    • Year 3 Public Speaking
  • Tuesday 28th May 2024
    • Year 4 Public Speaking
  • Wednesday 29th May 2024
    • Year 5 Public Speaking
  • Thursday 30th May 2024
    • Diocesan Spelling Bee in Wellington

    • Year 6 Public Speaking

    • Musica Vivia

    • Years 3 and 4 Mass @9:10am 

    • Alpha @12pm

  • Friday 31st  May 2024
    • Reconciliation BBQ

    • Infants Gymnastics in hall

    • Year 5 Confirmation Retreat

  • Sunday 2nd June 2024
    • Feast of Corpus Christi celebration (all welcome)


It’s that time of year again! The annual Bathurst Eisteddfod is on again from 8th August- 2nd September.

Entries close on the 31st May so don’t delay.

If your child would like to enter in the Bathurst Eisteddfod as a solo or duet please click the link below https://www.bathursteisteddfod.org/syllabus

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me

Cathedral School Ensemble Times & Days:

  • School Choir Tuesdays at Recess
  • Guitar Group Wednesdays at Recess
  • Concert Band Thursdays at 7:50am
  • Junior Band Thursdays at Recess

If your child is interested in participating in any of these groups please feel free to contact me chris_dove_trumpet@hotmail.com 

Chris Dove   | Band Director


Religious Education & Catholic Life

Our Lady, Help of Christians
Thank you to the families and staff who joined other members of our parish as our whole school celebrated ‘Our Lady, Help of Christians’ with Mass in the Cathedral Church on Friday 24th May. Thank you once again to Mr Hughes for supporting us with the music ministry.

I was also lucky enough to attend the MacKillop College Mass earlier in the day where a group of Cathedral School members were warmly invited to be part of the choir.  Thank you to Mrs Amber Calleja and all involved in such a lovely Mass.

Stage Masses
We are excited to be recommencing these celebrations this term. Last Thursday Stage 3 (Years 5 & 6) came together to celebrate Mass together. These smaller gatherings allow us to focus more closely on the meanings and significance behind many of the special rituals and actions of the Mass.

This Thursday, Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) will come together in the Cathedral. Please feel very welcome to join us in the Cathedral Church where Mass will commence shortly after their arrival at 9:10am.

Pre-Confirmation Day
This Friday Year 5 will attend Mackillop College and participate in a special day led by staff and youth ministers as they begin to commence the school components of their preparations for Confirmation next semester.

We thank Mrs Amber Calleja and her student ministry team for supporting our students in the development of their faith.

Alpha Sessions
The Cathedral Parish invites families to another series of Alpha. We are excited to host these upcoming sessions in our school hall. Sessions commence on Thursday 12th May at 12pm with a provided lunch. Entrance is via the church car park entry.

Sacramental Program
It has been wonderful to hear about many of our students receiving sacraments through Parish Masses recently. Please email a photo through to me if you wish to have this celebrated in the school newsletter. We kindly request that names are not visible in the provided photograph

Information on First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation and how the parish based, but school supported, Sacramental Program will function  this year was provided last term via grade overviews, school and the parish information session.   Please speak to your child’s teacher or myself if you require further information about registrations.

Monday Liturgy & Assembly
Please join us each week between 9:00 and 9:30 am as we pray together and acknowledge the achievements of those in our school community. Classes, Grades and Committees each take responsibility for leading these celebrations.

Coming up:


26 MAY  
Matthew 28: 16–20
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Mon 27/5: Gospel Reflection & Assembly (9:00 -9:30 am -Hall) -4W Thu 30/5:  Years 3 & 4 Mass @9:10am  -Cathedral Church     
                       Parish Alpha Course @12:00 pm 
Fri 31/5:   Year 5 Pre-Confirmation Retreat Day -MacKillop College


2 JUNE  
Mk 14: 12–16, 22–26
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Mon 3/6: Gospel Reflection & Assembly (9:00 -9:30 am -Hall) -2I  Afternoon Tea (3:05pm)  Staff Prayer (3:30 - 3:45 pm)
Thu 6/5:  Years K, 1 & 2  Mass @9:10am  -Cathedral Church  
                    Parish Alpha Course @12:00 pm  

Ashley Boylan   | Religious Education Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Community Notices

Bathurst Bus Lines - School Bus Tracking App
The school bus tracking app is available for parents to download on their phone and track their child's bus in real time.  This might alleviate some of the anxiety related to putting students on the bus. Please see instructions below.

Parents requiring any bus pass or general bus travel information are welcome to contact our office and we will be able to discuss their needs accordingly.

If you have any queries please contact us on 6331 2744

Kind regards,

Bathurst Bus Lines

The new Active and Creative Kids voucher is now available, helping to make activities more affordable for eligible NSW families.

Parents, guardians and carers of eligible school-aged children will be able to use two $50 vouchers per calendar year.
About the new program

  • Vouchers are available to those receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, or Family Tax Benefit Part B, or both.
  • Vouchers can be downloaded as a QR code and used toward either an eligible physical or creative activity.
  • The $50 vouchers will be issued in school term 1 and school term 3.
  • Vouchers must be redeemed before their expiry date. 

For more information, visit Active and Creative Kids.