A very warm welcome to all.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office operates a system of 58 schools with over 20,000 students. The Diocese covers a wide-ranging area from Swansea in the south, to Taree in the north on the coast, inland to Scone, Merriwa and Denman in the north-west, to the south-western region of Lake Macquarie.
Our Catholic education family welcomes all who seek the life-long value of a Catholic education in our school system. As Director of Schools, I am deeply conscious of what a privilege it is to be entrusted with the care and education of each young person in our schools.
From Kindergarten to Year 12, in our Catholic schools each and every day we strive to:
- Provide an environment that ensures the safety of each child. This is the very foundation of being in a Catholic school: each child and young person must feel the assuredness of a secure environment.
- Ensure our Catholic schools are always inclusive, tolerant and respectful. When this breaks down, we rebuild relationships with openness and respect.
- Take an holistic approach. We develop the child emotionally, physically, psychologically, cognitively and spiritually. A relationship with God is a treasure that we help shape in our schools.
- Help every child reach their potential. We cater for a range of learning needs and endeavour to support and extend such individuals. We build skills, attributes and values for today, and aim for our graduates to live prosperous, purposeful and moral adult lives, contributing to their family and community constructively. We very much hope, too, that they lead lives in which their faith is lived fully.
We partner, in the early years of learning, with our St Nicholas Early Education Centres. We partner with and support our children’s first educators, our wonderful parents and carers. And we walk alongside our parishes in support of our families.
By design, all our Catholic schools are co-educational and comprehensive. In these environments we create the social fabric, norms and morals that instil acceptance, social skills, and a deep and profound respect for all that is so vital for our adult lives.
We have a growth-oriented and robust school system that is committed to providing an outstanding formation and learning experience, as well as a physical environment in which each child can thrive in contemporary learning spaces, both indoors and out.
Our newer schools include St Bede’s College, Chisholm (7–12); St Laurence Flexible Learning Centre, Broadmeadow (9–10); and only opening this year with Years 7 and 8 students, Catherine McAuley Catholic College, Medowie (7–12).
As a parent and grandparent, I chose the best formation and learning outcomes for my children by having them educated, K–12, in Catholic schools. I also seek this pathway for our grandchildren, knowing it will not only provide them with a quality, holistic education but also prepare them for life.
Whether your child joins us at Kinder or along the educational pathway, may they experience the richness that Catholic schools bring to not only their school years but their life-long journey.
My every best wish.
Director of Schools