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North Rocks Parishioner wins Award

Dr John de Courcey retired from the Parramatta Diocesan Education Office and at his farewell was announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Sir Harold Wyndham Medal Award. John is the fourth Catholic Education medallist in the award’s 20-year history.

John and his wife, Sue, are  dedicated parishioners of North Rocks parish where the Holy Faith sisters live. Their daughters went to the parish  primary school where Sr Catherine Maddock was principal for many years. With nearly 45 years of service to Catholic Education including 13 years as a principal, John has been Director of Strategic Accountabilities Service for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta since 2007.

Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, paid a warm and well deserved tribute to John,

‘your contribution to the schools in the Parramatta Diocese has fundamentally changed our understanding of student performance, student achievement and teacher practice and gained national, and increasingly international, recognition for its quality and contribution to learning and teaching in Catholic secondary schools,’

John will continue to assist schools understand and improve from the complex testing regimes which are now part of every school’s existence. Congratulations to John and Sue.

The photo shows (from left to right) Sue de Courcey, Fr Peter Williams VG, John, Greg Whitby.

Source: Parramatta Catholic Education Office: