By design, all our Catholic schools are co-educational and comprehensive.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office operates a system of 58 schools with more than 20,000 students.
Our "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, each day our Catholic schools strive to:
- provide an environment that ensures the safety of each child
- ensure inclusivity, tolerance and respect
- take a holistic approach
- help every child reach their potential.
Safety is the very foundation of being in a Catholic school: each child and young person must feel the assuredness of a secure environment. When tolerance breaks down, we rebuild relationships with openness and respect.
Our aim is to develop the child emotionally, physically, psychologically, cognitively and spiritually. A relationship with God is a treasure that we help shape in our schools.
We cater for a range of learning needs and endeavour to support and extend each individual.
We build skills, attributes and values for today, and aim for our graduates to live prosperous, purposeful and moral adult lives, constructively contributing to their family and community. We hope, too, that they lead lives in which their faith is lived fully.
In the early years of learning we partner with our St Nicholas Early Education Centres 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, 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 I chose to educate my children K-12 in Catholic schools to ensure the best formation and learning. I also seek this pathway for my 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.
- Gerard Mowbray, Director of Schools, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle