Australian Catholic Youth Festival

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival will be held on 7 – 9 December in Sydney.  As a school, we will be taking all of Year 9 and 10 on Friday 8 December.  Permission notes for this have been sent home and payment for this excursion has been added to school fees.  The permission note had a Code of Conduct attached to it.  This is not normally a school requirement, however the organisers of the event have requested that all students attending provide this form.  Could you please return the signed document with the permission note as soon as possible to your daughter’s religion teacher.

Students will be given a backpack from Sydney Catholic Schools and all students will be required to use this. These will be distributed to students in the week leading up to the event.  As security checks will be conducted, Sydney Catholic Schools have requested that all students use the backpack provided.  

Please note that the time for arrival at school on the morning of 8 December is 7.40am.  We need to be at Homebush by 9.00am and we anticipate that we might get a bit of traffic at that time of the morning.  We are expecting to leave Homebush by 4.00pm and anticipate our return to school at approximately 5.00pm.  We appreciate that this is a long day for your daughters, but we know that this experience is going to be a very worthwhile one for all of them.

On Saturday 9 December, there will be a mass in the Domain that you are all invited to attend as part of the closing ceremony for the Festival.  This is a public event and you do not have to pay any money to attend it.  All masses in the Archdiocese will be cancelled on this night in order to allow all the priests to attend and concelebrate this mass.  Please note, that there will be no staff supervision at this mass should your daughters choose to attend.

Should you wish to know more about the Festival, please feel free to visit the official website  Here you will find a full program for the three days of the Festival, together with all of the presenters and session times and it has a wealth of information.

Should you wish to discuss anything in relation to this Festival and our school’s involvement, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.


Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission