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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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We are in Week 4 of Term 4.

There are 49 days until the end of Term 4, 2014 (19/12/2014).

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Catholic Schools and Public Life

Monday 27 October 2014

Last Wednesday night I attended a reception at the NSW Houses of Parliament hosted by the Catholic Education Commission to which were invited all the members of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.


It was a significant gathering of politicians of all political persuasions including the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli and the Leader of the Opposition, John Robertson.

Unsurprisingly, given it was hosted by the CEC, a large number of Members who had been educated in Catholic Schools attended as did some who have children attending Catholic schools. Many interesting stories were told of old school days with one Member identifying amongst his fellow students in secondary school a current Archbishop and a Director of Schools.

Archbishop Designate of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, spoke to the gathering and both Minister Piccoli and the Leader of the Opposition, John Robertson responded.

Archbishop Fisher detailed the history of Catholic Schooling in NSW, with the first school run by a Catholic being set up in the very early days of the colony. The first Catholic Schools in our diocese were established not long after.

As I listened to Archbishop Fisher and I heard the reminiscences of various Members of Parliament I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that Catholic Education in Australia has a great story to tell.

There is also a sad and tragic dimension to that story as is evident in the number of cases of abuse of young people that occurred in our schools over the years.

There is also the story of the influence of Catholic Education in the public life of our nation evidenced at this very moment in the presence of former students of Catholic schools in the major Judicial and Legislative positions in the country. At present the Governor-General, the Chief Justice of the High Court, the Prime Minister and the Federal Leader of the Opposition are all former students of Catholic schools.

There are many Ministers, Shadow Ministers and Members in both Federal and State Parliaments who were educated in Catholic schools.

The reception took place the day after the death of former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, who is well remembered for his support for the allocation of Federal Government funds to all schools including Catholic Schools. Our current generation of Catholic schools continue to receive that support from Governments of all persuasions.

Certainly one of the goals of Catholic Education is to prepare young women and men whose values, intelligence and hard work will contribute to the welfare of our states and nation in a wide variety of fields of endeavour, including in the various arms of the government of our nation.

I thank the many Members of Parliament who are willing to put themselves forward for election and undertake a very arduous and challenging role for their commitment to the development of a fair and just society. I am sure it is not the easiest of roles to undertake but without their commitment our society suffers.


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End of Term 4, 2014

19 December 2014



Start of Term 1, 2015

27 January 2015