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The Catholic Schools Office (CSO), is responsible for the leadership, efficient operation and management of systemic schools which educate more than 18,000 students in 44 Primary and 11 Secondary schools in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.


The CSO employs more than 1200 teachers and around 550 support staff. Our main focus is providing support for schools to ensure each student receives a quality education and has the opportunity to grow academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally.


Catholic schools seek to develop spirit, mind, body and character and to cultivate Gospel values that support lives filled with joy, endeavour and hope in the future. 

As a Catholic Schools Office, we model ourselves on the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Gospels and through the teachings of the Catholic Church. 

We invite you to look around our website, become familiar with the uniqueness of Catholic education, your local Catholic school, the many initiatives offered and why we believe Catholic education is the right choice to make.



It is currently school holidays.

There are 12 days until the start of Term 2, 2014 (28/04/2014).

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A Busy Term

Sunday 06 April 2014

It is rather difficult to believe that we are entering the last week of our first term of the school year. It only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming approximately 60 new teachers to our diocesan schools and yet we are 5 days away from the end of term.


In between we have gathered for our Called to Serve Mass, celebrated the Catholic Schools Week Mass, opened our schools to our communities during this special week, launched Project Compassion at St Mary’s High School Gateshead, been subject to a rigorous audit of our Vocational Education programs by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (and passed with flying colours), celebrated The Way of the Cross with a beautiful ceremony at Kilaben Bay and much more.


Throughout this period schools continued to provide a quality education to the students in their care, school SEVDEVs took place, the Catholic Schools Council has met, system and school improvement plans have been developed, swimming carnivals were held at school, regional and diocesan levels, student leaders were invested and  in-services were conducted.


It is no wonder we have been constantly referring to it as a busy term.


All that has been achieved over the last ten weeks has been because of the ongoing commitment  of our teachers, support staff, principals and school leadership teams, CSO staff, Chancery staff and with the support of our Bishop and clergy.


If ever a school holiday period was deserved it is the coming Easter holidays.


I would like to extend to all staff in schools and in the CSO my sincere thanks for all that has been done in the name of Catholic Education during Term 1.


I hope that the joy of the Easter season will sustain you and refresh you in the weeks ahead as we prepare for a second term that will have its own busyness.


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Start of Term 2, 2014

28 April 2014



An evening with Dr. John Irvine

6:30 PM

The Factory, St Pius X High School, Adamstown.



Full Day Child Protection Training

9:00 AM

CatholicCare, 50 Crebert Street, Mayfield.



Full Day Child Protection Training

9:00 AM

St James' PS, Skellatar St, Muswellbrook.



End of Term 2, 2014

27 June 2014