Catherdral School, Bathurst


Close shave for a good cause
Cathedral School teacher Ashley Boylan was going to have his beard shaved one way or another on Monday 9th April. He had promised to say goodbye to his whiskers of three years if the students of his class 6B raised more than $1,000 for Project Compassion. In the end, they exceeded that target.

But, as he sat in front of the School Assembly and watched the clippers fire up, he admitted his wife probably would have helped top up the total if it fell short.

Mr Boylan said “generosity and compassion” had come to the fore as his students challenged each other to raise as much as they could and, occasionally, challenged their teacher.

During the fundraising, students paid for the privilege of having Mr Boylan, well-known as a Collingwood supporter, wear Sydney Swans gear and even sing the Swans’ song in front of the whole grade.

Cathedral School as a whole raised almost $5,000 for Project Compassion.


Colette wins six gold medal at Pacific Schools Games
Cathedral School student, Collette Lyons has announced herself as one of the nation’s most promising junior swimming talents by winning an incredible six gold medals at the recent Pacific School Games.

Colette, aged 10, blitzed her rivals on her way to picking up nine medals in total at the Adelaide-based competition in November last year, where she swam against some of the best Oceania has to offer.

Colette won gold medals in the 200 metres medley, 4x100m medley relay plus her pet 50m and 100m breaststroke events.

She also picked up two Games records as part of the NSW 4x50m and 4x100m freestyle relay teams on her way to more gold.

Confident that she might be able to win one medal at least, Lyons said to come away with nine blew her expectations out of the water.

“My mum said on the plane it would be amazing to get one medal. To get nine medals was a bit of a shock,” she said.

“I never knew what type of competition I would have had, but I thought ‘Well, I’ve been training really hard and I’ve done a competition similar to this’, so I thought I might be able to do it.

“It was a great atmosphere and everyone was cheering when it was on finals. When they’d say your name on the loudspeaker your state would cheer. That was very cool.”

“Everyone is immensely proud of her. We’ve been following her progress through the different pathways, from school carnivals to regional to diocesan through to the state carnival, and she did so well at the NSW PSSA Carnival where she was selected to represent NSW at this School Sports Australia Carnival,” Cathedral School principal Patrick Allen said.

Colette continued her sensational performance at the Cathedral School’s swimming carnival held in February, where she broke six records, was awarded 11 Years Girls Champion and made it through to the next stage, to represent Cathedral school at regionals.

Alexander Grant
Courtesy of Western Advocate

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