Our People & Culture

September 2020

Join the Biketober Challenge



There’s never been a better time to enjoy riding bike! The Biketober Business Challenge runs throughout October
and we'd like to invite you all to take part. Sign up before 1 October for your chance to win an eBike worth $3,899.

It's a fun, free competition with loads of prizes that you can win by riding and encouraging your friends and colleagues to do the same.

Riding a bike is a great way to get your daily exercise, boost your mood and your immune system and an easy and fun way to travel from A to B while avoiding crowds.

If you haven't ridden in years, don't worry! You only have to ride a bike for 10 minutes for your participation to count towards our team's score. Ride anywhere, anytime during the Challenge (doesn't have to be a trip to work!).

If you already ride - you already know how enjoyable riding is and how good it makes you feel. So, here's your chance to get your workmates to experience how easy and enjoyable riding can be.

Go into the draw to win prizes like; $200 spa voucher, a brunch flight for two valued at over $500, Family pass to Western Plains Zoo or organisation prizes like a morning tea with fruit and goodies delivered to your office.

Get involved, it only takes 30 seconds to register. Go to lovetoride.net/NSW, click 'Register' at the top of
the page and join our team!

Sign up under WSLHD here: https://www.lovetoride.net/nsw/parent_organization_profiles/2528?locale=en-GB 

Give it a go and help us pedal our way to victory!

Vacation care options for primary school children



Dear colleagues,

We want to support our staff so they are able to continue to care for our community.

Child Care Subsidies are available - be sure to update your income details at MyGov so that you receive your full entitlements.

We have investigated some vacation care options in the local areas.

Catholic Out of School Hours Care (COSHC) is offering vacation care for primary school age (5-12 years) over the school holiday, at the following centres:

  • Blacktown South: COSHC St Michaels Primary, 0419 554 302

  • Castle Hill: COSHC St Angela's 0408 499 219 

  • Castle Hill: COSHC St Bernadette’s, 0408 582 535

  • Glenmore Park: COSHC Bethany, 0409 133 213

  • Glenwood: COSHC Holy Cross, 0418 115 483

  • Plumpton: COSHC Good Shepherd, 0409 121 980

  • Quakers Hill: COSHC Mary Immaculate, 0417 203 333

  • Schofields: COSHC St Joseph's 0400 468 599  

  • Stanhope Gardens: COSHC John XXIII, 0438 228 271

  • Wentworthville: COSHC Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 0409 361 929

  • Westmead: COSHC Mother Teresa, 0418 153 894

  • Windsor: COSHC St Matthew’s, 0418 170 921

  • Winston Hills: COSHC St Paul the Apostle, 0429 017 382 


All centres have strengthened hygiene and infection control management.

While educators and carers adopt Christian values, formal religious education is not provided as part of the care.

To find out more, call one of the centres or email EYEC@parra.catholic.edu.au.

Information about all of the childcare services currently operating in each area is also available on the Service NSW search page.

We appreciate all that you are doing to continue to provide essential services at this time.


Kind regards,


Luci Caswell 


Director People and Culture 

SMS a Chaplain



Our friendly chaplaincy team at Westmead Hospital provide emotional and spiritual support to the hospital community of patients, family members, carers and staff. You might have seen us visiting patients on the wards, conducting prayer services in the chapel, or engaging with you in our department.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the ways in which we live and work. Like many others, our team has had to make changes to how we work. While some of our previous services, like our Christian prayer service, our Catholic Mass and Friday Muslim prayers, have been suspended for the time being, we are offering some new ways that are COVID-19 safe for you to reach out and receive support.

Maybe you want to have a chat with someone, but aren’t able to meet face-to-face.
Maybe you’re a staff member and would like to make a quick referral. You can send us a text any time on 0437 842 315.
Our chaplains respond to any messages between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

Check our Facebook page
Are you looking for some extra encouragement or a pick-me-up?
We post daily reflections, quotes, scripture verses and songs on our dedicated Facebook page.

Visit or call us
Our department and hospital chapel located on Level 2 near the AB lifts are still open for you to visit. You can drop in any time or call us on 8890 5053.

We are here for you.

Contact for more information

Michael Deal

02 8890 3797



Submitted by Joana Andre Garrido

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