The Catholic School Difference

There are 29 Parish Primary Schools, 8 Secondary and one P-12 (preschool - Yr 12) in the Diocese of Wollongong, a contemporary and vibrant learning community that stretches across the regions of Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands.

In addition there are seven independent high schools and one K-12 school for children with learning needs, administered by religious congregations within the Diocese.

we are UNIQUE. WE EXIST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Catholic schools have a distinctive, unique character because as well as being excellent schools in the traditional sense, they are places where education is based on Gospel values.  Inspired by the person and spirit of Jesus Christ, our schools are places where students can grow both physically and in their faith.  Our priority is to empower students and let them encounter God in their world using a code of behaviour based on Catholic moral principles and social teachings.

EDUCATing THE WHOLE CHILD

The teachers and staff in our Catholic schools are committed to helping each student grow towards reaching their full potential and to become active contributors to their local and global communities both as good citizens and as leaders.

Catholic schools offer holistic care for each child by addressing their intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, emotional and cultural development.  We aim to equip students to become life-long, independent learners and to search for meaning and relevance in a complex and challenging world.

INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING

Catholic schools are called to be of service to their local communities.  Catholic schools invite families from all backgrounds or faith traditions, who are committed to and supportive of the mission of Catholic education , to enrol their child in one of our schools.

LOW FEE PAYING SCHOOLS

While our schools are significantly funded by government, parent contributions are a fundamental aspect of their ability to operate.  Fee discounts apply when siblings also attend Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese.  Fees are kept as low as possible for families and significantly no child would ever be precluded from a Catholic education due to a genuine inability to meet scheduled fees.

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

Catholic schools are based on quality interpersonal relationships, respectful of the dignity and worth of each person.  Catholic education is based on the notion of an educational partnership between students, school, parents and parish.  Your child's Catholic school is your Catholic school too!  Catholic schools welcome parent involvement in all facets of school life and encourage parents to actively support and engage in their child's learning and development.

our schools are PLACES OF excellence and HIGH QUALITY LEARNING AND TEACHING

Catholic schools strive for excellence in all areas, encouraging students to use their gifts and talents to reach their potential as learners and contributing members of church and society.  Catholic schools are staffed by well qualified and professional teachers, dedicated to providing high quality learning experiences in a supportive environment.  Students in Catholic schools can achieve excellent academic results and are provided with modern facilities, including state of the art technologies.

SAFE AND SECURE and caring communities

Catholic schools strive to create an environment where students can feel safe, secure and included.  Our schools implement systems and procedures that promote a safe and positive climate for all members of the community where healthy relationships can be nurtured and sustained.

Bullying and harassment are not acceptable in Catholic schools and there are policies and procedures in place to effectively handle these issues when they arise.