The Catholic School Difference


Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong is a contemporary and vibrant learning community made up of 38 systemic schools – 29 primary schools, eight secondary schools and one K-12 school – across the regions of the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands.

In addition, there are eight independent schools 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 called to be signs of God’s love and hope in the world where “every student finds meaning and purpose in their life through experiencing continual growth in faith and improvement in learning” — CEDoW Vision and Strategic Direction

EDUCATing THE WHOLE CHILD

The teachers and staff in our Catholic schools are committed to empowering students to reach their full potential, to become life-long, independent learners and become active contributors to their communities.

Our schools emphasise service learning that is other-centred. They offer holistic care for each child by addressing their intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, emotional and cultural development. We aim to educate the whole person – the head, the heart and the hand – so that all students “may have life and have it to the full” — John 10:10

INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING

Our Catholic schools are welcoming of families from all backgrounds or faith traditions who share in its mission and purpose. Read more about our enrolment process here.

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 school communities in the Diocese of Wollongong believe staff, families, parishes and the wider community work in partnership to live out its mission. This partnership is respectful of the dignity and worth of each person and is based on mutual respect, trust and a spirit of collaboration.

Our schools strive to nurture a culture where parent/carer and community involvement in the school, and engagement in learning is valued and encouraged. 

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.