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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. 

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Sunday 19 October 2014

One aspect of visiting schools in my role is the insights I gain into the culture and climate of the school. This is particularly the case when I attend special celebrations such as graduations, school leader inductions, Eucharistic celebrations, just to name a few. I have often said that you can learn a lot about a school from the way it celebrates.

Yesterday, Annette and I attended the wedding of a young lady who has been a regular visitor to our home from when she and our youngest daughter met up in Year 4 at St Joseph’s Primary School, Charlestown. The wedding was held in Sacred Heart Cathedral and it was obvious that the young couple had put a great deal of thought into the special aspects of the ceremony.

I have often found weddings to be special celebrations in that there are often different emphases a young couple might concentrate upon in the wedding ceremony or in the reception.

There was one aspect of the reception that really took my eye. It was towards the end of the reception that I noted the significance of the place name cards on each of the tables. Once you know where you are to be sitting you tend not to take much notice of the place cards.

What was different at this wedding was that the place cards had a special message inside which was different in every case. They contained a quotation from various figures over the centuries. The two Annette and I had were of a religious nature but they weren’t all religious. The Father of the Bride told me that his was from the singer Tina Turner’s song made famous through the Australian Rugby League’s advertising campaign, “Simply the Best”. As you might recall the words of that song go on to say, “You’re simply the best, better than all the rest” What an appropriate message from a bride to her father.

My place card quoted Saint Basil the Great with the words, “What is the mark of love for your neighbour? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul.”

Annette’s was a statement from Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbour…Let no-one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your smile, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”

Both of these quotes very much reflect the message Jesus gave to his disciples as shared with us through the Gospels, to love one another and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. St Paul’s writings are often used in wedding ceremonies because of his great emphasis on the power of love.

When it comes down to it, the key message delivered in Catholic schools is very much that of love, love of God and love of all our neighbours. It is the challenge we face every day to ensure that our school communities are places where love is the dominant feature of the culture of the school.

Saint Basil and Mother Teresa provide us with wise guidance in the ways in which we can do this.

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