Parents and carers play a critical role in the education of their children.
Pope Francis has stated in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “School is not a substitute for parents but is complementary to them.”
In supporting and complementing the role of parents and carers to engage with their child’s education, and through the compilation of feedback, the following resources in this section are intended to provide guidance and support to parents and carers:
Cyber Safety is an important modern issue that faces our students and their families. The Catholic Schools Office aims to ensure students at each of our schools and their parents or carers are well informed about cybersafety so they have the best possible outcomes from using the internet. Please find some useful links and resources below:
- Office of the eSafety Commissioner
- Cybersafety Solutions
- Bullying. No way!
- Australian Institute of Family Studies
Protecting our Children
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has an absolute and abiding commitment to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and vulnerable adults — particularly for those who participate in the life of the Diocese as part of our faith communities in parishes, in our diocesan systemic schools and early education centres, as part of our welfare and community services through CatholicCare, out-of-school hours care and other diocesan ministries.
The office of the Director of Safeguarding has been established by decree, issued by the Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle.
The Office of Safeguarding is an integral part of the Diocese, reporting directly to the Bishop’s Office. The Office of Safeguarding is placed outside the Diocese’s services, programmes and parishes, overseeing their safeguarding standards in operation.
The Office of Safeguarding works with NSW Police, the Office of the Children’s Guardian, the Department of Community and Justice and other statutory authorities and specialist authorities within the Catholic Church in Australia to fulfil its responsibilities and maximise the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
Supporting Diverse Learning in Catholic School – NSW/ACT – A Guide by Parents for Parents
Transition to Kindergarten
Starting school is an important time for children and families. Children who make a positive start to school are more likely to:
- feel comfortable, relaxed and valued
- feel excited and motivated to learn
- have good relationships with others
- develop a sense of belonging within the school community.
Our schools provide a number of programs, opportunities and planned experiences to ensure the transition into Kindergarten is a smooth and positive experience for all students and their families.