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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Council (CSC) was formed in 2007 to "... explore ,to discern and provide advice and recommendations to the Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle for the purpose of providing the best possible Catholic education for students". All final decisions remain with the Bishop.

The Council’s responsibility encompasses all areas related to the nature and purpose of Catholic schools. In a variation from past practice, membership of the CSC is no longer formed on a "representative" basis. Members are now sourced from the wider Catholic community, and all appointments are dependent on the broad spectrum of expertise and experience those individuals will bring to the Council.

Three ex-officio members - Bishop, the Vice Chancellor Pastoral Ministries and the Director of Catholic Schools - join the nine Council members.

Meetings are held five (half days) a year and members are additionally involved in Working Parties and Standing Committees which align with their particular skills/expertise.

The Vision Statement of the CSC includes the phrase "formed and informed by the faith community". It facilitates this communication with stakeholders in Catholic school education, CSC members engage in written and personal consultation with Clergy, Religious, Parents, senior Students and those in leadership roles in the schools, as well as the Independent Education Union.

The maximum term for CSC members is six years, and a planned rotation is in place to facilitate continuity. To express interest in joining the CSC, please contact us using the details at the top right of the page.

Vision Statement

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Council, formed and informed by the Faith Community, proclaims the liberating message of the Good News through a renewed Catholic Schools system.

Values and Beliefs

We value:

  • A life ethic based on the Gospel command to love one another
  • Authentic Catholicity
  • True witness
  • Education and learning

We believe in:

  • The dignity of the human Person
  • The individual’s right to reach their potential

We believe that:

  • The Gospel informs our direction and growth
  • Faith is nurtured in community
  • Schools are active participants in an evangelising church.

Current Members

  • Mr Stephen Aitken
  • Adjunct Professor Anne Benjamin CHAIR
  • Sr Lauretta Baker rsj 
  • Mr Peter Cunningham
  • Mr John Wakely
  • Mrs Robyn Hope
  • Fr Tony Potts
  • Mr Paul Smith
  • Professor Stephen Fityus

Expression of Interest Form

If you feel you have skills and expertise you could bring to the Catholic Schools Council (not only in the field of education), please download and complete the Catholic Schools Council Expression of Interest Form and email it to