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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. 

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A Busy Term 3

Sunday 14 September 2014

This week marks the last of what have been ten very busy weeks in Term 3. As I perused my diary for the Term I was struck by the diversity of activities I have been involved with during this term.

 

These include our annual Priests/Principals meeting, our Assistant Principals retreat, the Tri-Diocesan Principals conference in Bathurst, our ASPIRE Showcase that was of such a high standard, Catholic Education Commission meetings that have had a focus on determining future funding models for dioceses, a visit to the schools of the Diocese of Wollongong, Regional Executive Meetings, meetings and discussions re the Study of the Provision of Secondary Schools in the diocese, conferring with Principals, Assistant Principals and CSO staff who have undergone Performance Reviews this term, Federation of P&F seminars just to name a few, high quality school concerts and drama nights. In addition to these are the usual round of meetings and school visits that are part of the role of a Director of Schools.


Two particular activities I attended gave me additional insights into the work of our diocese. These were the Blessing and Opening of the Diocesan Affordable and Group Housing facility at Mayfield and a seminar on Lay Leadership in Catholic Organisations in Sydney. The housing initiative at Mayfield is something of which the diocese should be immensely proud, whilst the seminar provided deep insights into the role of the laity in the Church through the prism of the Code of Canon Law.


It has also been a very busy term for the staff in our schools, in particular the teachers of our Year 12 classes as their students conclude the last term of their 13 years of schooling.


This week there will be a number of graduation ceremonies in our 6 schools that prepare students for the Higher School Certificate. I am sure there will be a range of emotions experienced by students, staff and parents as they reflect on the journey that they have shared and look to the future that holds much promise.
Not having been a secondary teacher, I am always struck by the special nature of the relationship shared by year 12 students and their teachers and support staff. Every year I see these relationships expressed in many and varied ways during Graduation Masses and ceremonies. I expect this year’s Graduations will be just as special for all our school communities.


I am sure that one of the messages that Principals and staff will be conveying to their students is to approach their HSC exams with confidence in the knowledge that they have been well prepared and are ready to face their final challenge.


One of the joys of my role is to be able to meet these young men and women who will be wonderful ambassadors for Catholic Education in the years to come through the contributions they will make to our society.


I wish them every success in their studies over the next few weeks and in the exams they will soon undertake.


I also extend to their teachers and support staff my sincere thanks for all you have done to help them prepare for these last weeks of their schooling life. Your passion for your students and your quality care of them is deeply appreciated.

 

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Start of Term 4, 2014

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Oct

Full Day Child Protection Training

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Corcoran Centre, George St, Morpeth.

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Nov

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Nov

Full Day Child Protection Training

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Dec

End of Term 4, 2014

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