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Great schools create bright futures and for more than 180 years, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has played an influential role in educating thousands of students in Catholic schools.

Catholic schools form students as young men and women who are able to make an active, worthwhile contribution to the world in which they live. Catholic schools also offer a place where passionate teachers inspire confidence and facilitate academic excellence, where faith in God is lived in community, where partnerships with parents are nourished and where contemporary learning opens minds to a vivid future. Catholic schools are Vivid Everyday!

‘Vivid’ very much captures the nature of Catholic schools: authentic, bold and spirited, and yet, every day, dependable and consistent. Catholic schools are at once vibrant and dynamic, yet strong and grounded communities.

Over the next few months, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be celebrating being ‘Vivid Everyday’. The aim of the ‘Vivid Everyday’ campaign, which is the first of its kind for Catholic schools in the region, is to showcase to the community what Catholic schools stand for and celebrate what we nurture and achieve in students.

“We want to have the thousands of families and staff currently within Catholic schools confirmed in their choice of schooling,” said Former Director of Schools, Ray Collins. “We want to promote the qualities and values of Catholic education to families considering their choices in education and, more broadly, to highlight why more families are choosing a Catholic education for their children.”

“We aim to capture the relationships, the learning, the community, the excellence, the range of opportunities, the values, the pathways to the future, the faith life − all grounded in a close relationship with God."

Students from a wide variety of Catholic schools, as well as teachers, staff, parents, principals and parishioners and Bishop Bill, feature in the campaign and appear across a variety of media including TV, radio, digital and print advertisements, buses, billboards and more.

This is a very exciting time for Catholic schools as the system is also moving through a phase of significant development and expansion. Across the diocese, from Taree to Swansea, and Merriwa to Morisset, more than 18,000 students attend 56 schools, comprising the system of Catholic schools.

As part of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) is also the fifth largest employer in the Hunter region.

Last year the CSO announced that two new high schools would be built in Chisholm and Medowie (to open in 2018 and 2020 respectively) and the expansion of two other high schools would also take place from 2018 at St Joseph’s Lochinvar and St Mary’s Gateshead (from years 7-10, to 7-12).

This campaign is just the start of Catholic schools celebrating the very exciting and imminent ‘Vivid Future’ of Catholic education in the Hunter and Manning regions.

“We invite you to contact your local Catholic school and meet just some of the faces of Catholic education in our region, which represent our larger Catholic community and capture the essence of Catholic schools – ‘Vivid Everyday’,” said Ray Collins.

Watch the TVCs at: www.youtube.com/c/catholicschoolsoffice