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|Gilroy Catholic College|
|Castle Hill, NSW
|Type||Roman Catholic co-educational, Private, Secondary, Day School|
|Motto||"Christ is my light"|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Affiliations||Roman Catholic, Cardinal Norman Thomas Gilroy|
Gilroy Catholic College was founded in 1980 with 12 staff members and 137 students enrolled in Year 7. The college was founded on the back of strong parish and local support for a Catholic co-educational secondary school. The college was built on the land formerly belonging to St Gabriel's School for the Hearing Impaired, thus making use of existing buildings.
The school was originally intended for students from Year 7 to Year 10. However, in 1982 it was decided that Gilroy would also include students from Year 11 and Year 12.
The school, with continuing support from the CEO and St Gabriel's School for the Hearing Impaired, hosts a learning support centre for secondary students with hearing impairment.
The school's feeder schools originally consisted of St Michael's (Baulkham Hills), Our Lady Of Lourdes (Baulkham Hills South), St Bernadette's (Castle Hill) and Our Lady of the Rosary (Kellyville).
Gilroy Catholic College was named after Cardinal Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy, the first cardinal born in Australia. As well as adopting his name, the college also made Cardinal Gilroy's personal motto, "Christ is my light", its official motto.
In 2004, Gilroy Catholic College celebrated its Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary) as a school and a community.
Each year, the college celebrates its patron with a formal Gilroy Day Mass in the morning, while also including celebration activities during the afternoon. This was changed from 17 March, the anniversary of Cardinal Gilroy's elevation to becoming a bishop, to 4 May, the day on which the school was officially opened.
Faith and Religion in the college
Gilroy Catholic College offers a number of opportunities for students to engage in Catholicism and further explore their faith. The school offers multiple liturgies for special religious events and each grade is provided with a reflection day on an annual basis to reflect on their faith over the year.
Gilroy Catholic College offers a robust religious education program that incorporates creative learning with faithful exploration. Gilroy Catholic College has previously worked with multiple organizations to assist with charity events, and the school focuses on a specific value each year.
On 9 February 2008, The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that Greens analysis of government figures showed that, over four years, Gilroy received $12.2 million more in federal government funding than it is entitled to under the socioeconomic status (SES) formula.[vague]
Gilroy Catholic College uses a number of technology mediums. Year 7-9 students work with iPads, and Year 10-12 students work with Apple Macbooks. Gilroy Catholic College changed to a "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device) policy in 2013.
Gilroy Catholic College uses a number of Learning Management Systems including Google Classroom for students from Year 7-12.
- Anna, Patty (2008-02-09). "How private schools owe taxpayer $2b". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 1.
- Sydney Morning Herald: "English is peanuts with Homer Simpson joining The Club" By Linda Doherty, 23 October 2003 Interviews students and teachers at Gilroy College in Castle Hill about the Higher School Certificate English examination.
- New deal for deaf high school students
- A "Gilroy Pioneer"
- Baulkham Hills Shire Council: Japanese sister school visits during Australia-Japan Year of Exchange Discusses sister school links between Gilroy College and a school in Japan.
- New South Wales Independent Education Union - Statement of Ross Learning Technology Co-ordinator at Gilroy College discusses technology issues