|Hills Region Co-ordinator Wendy Hord|
Regional Coordinator’s Message
Welcome to this information page on the Hills Region.
The Hills region is made up nine parishes:- Baulkham Hills, Baulkham Hills South, Castle Hill, Dundas Valley, Kenthurst, North Rocks, North Parramatta, Rydalmere and Winston Hills.
Hills Region SREs bring to the ministry a great diversity of gifts and talents. These are shared with the students in the 25 primary schools and a small number of secondary school in which they teach. Hills SREs use a variety of teaching methods and resources as they teach the approved curriculum Christ our Life and Light eg PowerPoint, smartboards, music, drama, a variety of storytelling techniques, craft, quizzes and games and much more.
SREs across the region regularly take the opportunity to participate in training courses and in-services offered by the CCD. These courses and in-services provide opportunities for SREs to gain confidence in their teaching and learn new ways to actively engage their students. This makes their weekly lessons more positive and enjoyable for both the students and the SRE.
The “Spirit of the Hills” is the Regional newsletter which is published each term. It includes information, resources, reports, photos, spiritual input, recipes and small snippets of humour. Through the newsletter SREs stay connected to what is happening across the region and the Diocese.
Just as Jesus commissioned his disciples “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ….. And remember I will be with you always” Matt 28:19-20 - we too are sent out to do the same. Just as Jesus promised his disciples that he will be with them always, we know that Jesus is with us always as we prepare and teach our lessons.
With an average of 50 per cent of Catholic students enrolled in either state or independent schools, the demand for more Catechist/SREs grows year by year. Parish Co-ordinators are always ready to chat to people interested in finding out more about the ministry, to provide information and answer any questions so that you may discern whether God is calling you to serve in this wonderful ministry.
I invite you to remember in prayer each week all those involved in the ministry of SRE. Thank you
Regional Co-ordinator of the Hills Region
For the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
“Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.”
Teaching days across the Hills Region are Mondays to Fridays at various times during the day. Times vary across the parishes. Please see below for a full list of schools within our region