Announcing Our Finalists
in the 2023 Roger O’Sullivan Award

for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning

Congratulations to

Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville, Diocese of Wollongong!


For their Mount Carmel Home–School Literacy Partnership Project


We were thrilled to receive 15 impressive entries, and the judges had an extremely difficult decision selecting from the inspiring projects and initiatives that schools have undertaken to improve family engagement.

The independent judging panel awarded the grant to Mount Carmel Catholic College for their ‘Mount Carmel Home–School Literacy Partnership’, as it acknowledges that parents are the primary and ongoing educators of their children and is an excellent example of how learning partnerships between school and home improves student outcomes. The literacy project has involved building rich and meaningful connections with parents and caregivers, ensuring parents understand the ‘language of learning’ and engendering an intrinsic love of learning and positive sense of self in students.

Clare Murphy, who initiated the project at the school with her Year 8 English class, said of the project, '[It] started by forging authentic relationships with the parents of a Year 8 English class then became a whole school project. The Mount Carmel Home-School Literacy Partnership Program, with its focus on parental engagement, has had a significant impact on the learning of students in the school. It connects learning at home and learning at school, resulting in the establishment of regular literacy conversations, reading and writing workshops, reading and writing clubs that parents, grandparents, students and staff participate in, the publishing of a weekly literacy article for parents and teachers, and the creation of a Parent Library.'

Our Other Finalists

You can download a summary of the first seven finalists in the 2023 Roger O’Sullivan Award, so you can get some inspirational ideas for school–family partnerships in your communities: Download the 2023 ROS Results Summary

Congratulations also to

St Mary’s Parish School, Warren, Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
The Lion King Musical

St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Milton, Diocese of Wollongong
Our Kitchen Garden

St John the Baptist, Primary School, Woy Woy, Diocese of Broken Bay
Nancy Kitchen and Garden

Mother Theresa Primary School, Harrison, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
The Sensory Walk

St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, Diocese of Wollongong
The Rite Journey

St Patrick’s Primary School, Lithgow, Diocese of Bathurst

CCSP would like to acknowledge, thank and congratulate all our wonderful school communities who submitted entries to our Roger O’Sullivan annual award, and for their effort and commitment to building partnerships between home and school to enhance the learning outcomes of students.