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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 schools, 10 Secondary schools and one K-12 school 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.



We are in Week 7 of Term 3.

There are 26 days until the end of Term 3, 2014 (19/09/2014).

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Student Achievement

Sunday 17 August 2014

Earlier this year I was approached by the Human Rights Group at St Clare’s High School, Taree in relation to a submission they had made in response to the proposed repeal of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975. They were seeking my endorsement of their submission and when the amount of research they had undertaken was evident and their unshakeable commitment to what they believed was an affront to the decency of Australian society, it was easy for me to support their initiative.


The recent withdrawal of the Government’s amendments to the act says a lot about the influence of these young people and their determination to ensure that Australia will continue to espouse values that recognise the rights of all, especially those who suffer discrimination.

They are part of a great history of promoting social justice in Catholic schools.
Whilst the Government’s decision not to proceed with changes to the act was not solely based on the work of the St Clare’s students, the recent story in the Aurora magazine highlights the impact of their advocacy.

The history of Catholic education includes the recognition of our schools as centres of faith, with a strong commitment to social justice, achievement in the performing arts as indicated in the strong tradition of music in schools created by Religious Orders, particularly the female Religious Orders and a culture of academic excellence which sees the current major roles in Australian Government, including Governor General, Chief Justice of the High Court, Prime Minister and Leader of the Federal Opposition all held by former students of Catholic schools.

In our own diocese we have a history which includes outstanding achievements in all aspects of Australian society.

Sport has also been a significant aspect of Catholic schools going back to the earliest days of Catholic education in Australia.

Just recently the first Rugby League competition involving Catholic schools was commemorated in Sydney, recognising 100 years of that sport in Catholic schools.

In the last month one of our schools, All Saints College, St Joseph’s Campus, Lochinvar had each of its four Rugby League teams competing in the NSW All Schools Rugby League Championships in Sydney and their Under 16 team was victorious, being named as the best Under 16 Schoolboy team in the state.
Around the same time the NSW Combined Catholic Open Rugby League Team won the Australian Schools Secondary Rugby League Championships. As a result of this win a record number of students from Catholic schools were chosen to represent the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League team to travel to Great Britain and France later in the year.

Two of these players are from our diocese, Brock Lamb from All Saints College, St Mary’s Campus, Maitland and Braden Robson from St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton.

To all those who have achieved such levels of excellence in their advocacy and sporting skills I extend my sincerest congratulations.


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