Six amazing short films are now in the running to win Sydney Catholic Schools’ Thrive Film Festival. 

Created by talented Sydney Catholic Schools’ students and schools, the entries speak to the festival theme – celebrate – in the bicentenary year of Catholic education in Australia.

“The Thrive short film competition has been a wonderful way of engaging students in the 200 year anniversary celebrations of Catholic schools in Australia,”  said Anthony Cleary, Sydney Catholic Schools’  Director: Mission & Identity.

“Students are to be congratulated for the way they have explored the themes of this occasion in such creative ways” – Anthony Cleary

“Congratulations to all, but especially the finalists of the competition,” Mr Cleary said.

  • Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich – Developing a Compass for Life

  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, Fairfield – 200 Years

  • Good Samaritan Catholic College, Hinchinbrook – A Lasting Legacy… Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education

  • St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Sutherland – The Journey of Faith

  • Galilee Catholic Primary School, Bondi – The Quest

  • St Clare’s College, Waverley  – Thrive, Grow and Prosper

Watch all six entries in the video playlist below. Simply click on the three lines in the top right-hand corner to reveal the entire playlist.


Winners, including a People’s Choice Award recipient, will be announced during an online awards ceremony on Friday 26 November, 2021 at 6.30pm, hosted by a current and former student at Sydney Catholic Schools – talented sibling stars Sian Fuller and Jordan Fuller – as seen recently on ‘The Voice Australia’.

The following short films will also receive awards during the event:


To mark 200 years of Catholic education in Australia, Sydney Catholic Schools launched the Thrive short film festival.

The bicentenary celebrations recognise and celebrate the hard work and sacrifice of those who helped establish and run Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Sydney, while also recognising the achievements of generations of young men and women who have attended Catholic schools.

As part of the Thrive Film Festival, Sydney Catholic Schools’ students and schools were invited to produce films up to 3 minutes’ long in Term 2 and 3, 2021, that spoke to the festival theme of celebrating 200 years of Catholic education in Australia.