Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College

Congratulations! So pleased & proud of our 2018 Year 12 student Cooper Bennett -Georges River Council 2018 Young Citizen of the Year

Georges River Council’s mayor Kevin Greene announced the winners of the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year at…


Commencing in 2010, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC) is a ground breaking Senior Secondary College. As part of the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, SCCVC is committed to provision of an engaging and innovative HSC, with a deep and sustained commitment to high quality vocational learning and training. This commitment was recognised in the College winning the 2013 Australian Training Award for the ‘School Pathways to VET’ category. SCCVC is a ‘Workplace of Learning’. Through Southern Cross Vocational Enterprises, students and staff collaborate in a range of ‘real life’ learning experiences, providing quality goods and services to clients and visitors. Our Business, Industry and community partnerships deepen and extend these opportunities, and underpins SCCVC as a place where personalised learning is paramount. Southern Cross is committed to the success of young adults: that they become the best people they can; they undertake the best learning, on campus and elsewhere, they are capable of; so that they graduate as the most skilful and employable people they can be.

“I started at a new school and I’m getting great employability skills.” …

NSW Business Chamber- Old School/New School Forum

This month, our College Principal and Student Leaders  Grace Faulkner, Jasper Dryden and Emily McGrath attended the NSW Business Chambers old school/new school forum.

If the next generation is to be ready for study and work, responsibility must be shared by government, educators, parents, students and industry. This is one of the findings of the report released today by the NSW Business Chamber entitled, Old School/New School.
Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont, said it was vital the school curriculum is redesigned and delivers education outcomes that ensure students are prepared for work or further study.  A quality education should allow graduates from the school system to contribute from day one on the job.

The NSW Business Chamber is calling on education authorities to build enterprise skills into the school curriculum and start measuring them from Year 9 on.  The Report outlines what a ‘New School’ system would look like:
Responsibility is shared by Government, educators, parents, students and industry.
Innovative ways of teaching and learning, as well as tried and tested approaches are implemented Australia-wide.
Evidence informed practice is supported and educators have the knowledge they need to succeed.
Teachers are celebrated for their success, attracting the best and brightest.
Schools harness technology to facilitate a richer learning experience for students.
Education is inclusive and all students have the opportunity to learn and succeed.
Schools promote educational pathways that help realise the potential of all young people.

“Many employers advise that far too many young people they interview don’t have basic literacy and numeracy skills to start work when they finish year 12,” said Chris Lamont.

The Report notes the importance of supporting teachers and a revamped High School Certificate that provides greater access and recognition for achievement in vocational pathways as well as tertiary studies.

“A quality education is more important than ever.  Reforms to the education system must ensure quality education outcomes in literacy and numeracy and enterprise skills to improve employability or there is a risk the next generation will face an even greater struggle in securing employment,” said Chris Lamont (visit the link here)

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“College offers best of both worlds”

The Independent Education Union (IEU) visited SCCVC recently and discovered Vocational Education at its best!

“Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood is a unique cross between a school and a TAFE college. The college was founded in 2010 on the site of the former Christian Brothers College Burwood, which catered for boys from Years 7-10.

In 2010 the Rudd government was offering funding for schools to set up trade training centres”

Schools in the Sydney diocese had the ground breaking idea of applying for funding en masse. The successful bid resulted in an $11 million federal grant to set up a unique trade centre catering for senior students seeking an applied learning pathway.

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Ministers Celebrating National Skills Week

On the 31st Of August Pru Car the Shadow Minister for Skills and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Transport, Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight  and member for Strathfield visited SCCVC in celebration of National Skills week. Ms Car and Ms McKay toured our College, both impressed with the facilities and the job readiness programs offered by SCCVC. Click here to read the full report:


Gold Medal for Jonathan Lee

Congratulations to Jonathan Lee who won the Gold Medal in Hospitality for the recent World Skills competition held at our College.

The Inner Western Region competition ran on Friday, August 31st as part of the WorldSkills Australia program, which aims to build a skills culture by celebrating excellence in trade skills and inspiring young people to consider a skill-based career.

The event coincided with National Skills Week, which celebrates the diversity and benefits of Vocational Education and Training.

The task was designed to challenge students and their understanding of principles and methods of cookery as well as their passion for food and the Hospitality Industry.
The competition went for 3 hours, they had to prepare and serve two portions of an entree, main and dessert. It was assessed “through practical demonstration of various methods of cookery and supported by assessment of underpinning knowledge.”
The menu was Caesar salad, Stuffed chicken supreme, Fresh seasonal vegetables and Creamed orange rice with orange segments.

Jonathan now moves into the zone/region competition against state. independent and other Catholic Schools Students.

Good Luck!

‘Minister visits SCCVC’

Staff and students welcomed Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, to view the facilities here at SCCVC.  Yr 12 Student Leaders  Caterina Davis and Tom Nguyen played tour guides, whilst Yr 11 Photography student Koby Francalanza captured the visit on film (pictured with Ms Andrews, Principal Patrick O’Reilly, and Ms Chris Shakya, Head of  Vocational Education, Sydney Catholic Schools).

Michael Krawec, SCS IW Regional Director, and Michael Morris, SCCVC Partnerships Manager, joined the tour, where Ms Andrews showed great interest in the students taking part in Photography (Yr 11 student Simon Lufor) and in the Automotive Workshop.

‘Our chefs win the bronze medal’

Congratulations to Annalise Dell’Aia and Tara Lockwood for achieving the 2017 bronze medals at the NSW, ACT and Regional NSW Interschool Culinary Challenge and the 2017 HTN Inter-school Culinary Competition at TAFE NSW Ryde Campus.

Competing schools nominated  two students to compete as a team and were required to replicate the dish that the demonstrating chef prepares within a ninety minute time frame. Two identical portions of that dish were produced by each team with one dish presented to judging chefs for scoring and one dish for public presentation.

The team that achieved the highest score for their dish in each kitchen as determined by the judging chefs were then be declared the winning team of the culinary challenge

“Our Challenge was to make spatchcock with creamed spinach, dutch carrots, a potato lyonnaise. and a red wine jus. The competition started with a chef showing us how to make the recipe and we took notes down. We were up against 8 other  teams. The other teams were hospitality students from other schools around Sydney. We were nervous but we focused on the challenges ahead and worked well as a team with thanks to the training provided  by our hospitality teachers.”  Annalise Dell’Aia, Yr 12 

Social Outreach

All students are expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours of Social Outreach over the two years they spend at the College. The philosophy behind this requirement is to help our students to look outward and to seek to use their gifts and talents for the benefit of others. Initiatives at the College include attending Brekky Van to provide breakfast to the homeless of Sydney, visiting the local nursing home, St Mary’s Villa and an Immersion in an Aboriginal Community. Social Outreach is a means of putting faith into action and encouraging our students to become more socially aware of ways that they can contribute to the wider community and to the less fortunate members of our society.



The heart of the Catholic experience of our Students at Southern Cross is prayer. There are numerous opportunities for students to develop their prayer life that include learning how to pray the Rosary, Christian Meditation, Praying with Scripture, Praise and Worship and other means to help our students connect with God. We are fortunate to have our own College Chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Southern Cross where students can retreat to, at any time, to spend time in contemplation, meditation and reflection. Helping our students develop their personal relationship with Jesus is a priority for the College and we provide the opportunity for students to be guided in their spiritual life, if they so wish.