We Are Catholic Education, Diocese of Wagga Wagga
Catholic Education, Diocese of Wagga Wagga (CEDWW) serves twenty six primary schools and five secondary colleges. Our staff support principals and school staff in their work around maximising student learning, growth and development including;
- Professional learning
- Strategic planning
- Renewal and development of school leadership personnel
- System Monitoring
- Registration and Accreditation
- Liaison with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
- Advice and support for the Director of Schools
- Processes which advance the resolution of concerns
- School-based projects
Catholic Education team members have responsibilities for supporting schools with Learning and Teaching, Faith and Care, School and System Improvement, Finance and Resources, Information and Communication Technologies and Human Resource Services.
Vision and Mission
Our Catholic school communities encounter and engage with Jesus and His message.
We achieve this as communities of:
- Faith – teaching, celebrating and living our Catholic faith
- Learning – inspiring, informing and engaging our communities in learning
- Care – building caring and supportive environments that promote wellbeing and learning
- Service – embracing leadership which fosters collaborative practices for mutual benefit and partnership and
- Stewardship – caring for people, creation and resources
The Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga is located within Wiradjuri country in the Riverina and southwestern district of New South Wales. The Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers are significant geographical features of the area with the eastern border of the Diocese lying in the mountainous regions of the Great Dividing Range.
Established in 1917, the Diocese of Wagga Wagga has a rich faith tradition; our faith communities are nourished and sustained by the sacramental life of the church administered and accessed through 31 parishes. The Most Reverend Mark Edwards OMI is our Bishop.
Catholic Education, Diocese of Wagga Wagga comprises 31 schools – 26 primary and 5 secondary. Boarding facilities can be accessed by 3 of our secondary schools.
Strategic Plan 2018-2020: Key Directions for a shared future.
Jesus is the foundation of Catholic schools – ‘I came so that they may have life, and have it abundantly’ (John 10:10).
Our work in Catholic education is to create the conditions for students to become fully alive – inspired with a love of learning and a heart of hope. In anticipation of our students reaching the fullness of their humanity, we are called to nurture: high quality relationships; the development of critical thinking capabilities, human values and a moral and ethical worldview; a relationship with Jesus through experiencing, teaching and practicing the Catholic faith.
Strategy 2018-2020 focuses this educational ministry of providing a high quality Catholic education within our diocesan system of schools. It is designed to inspire the spirits, minds and actions of all, and in doing so foster a community of hope that can confidently meet the ongoing challenges presenting for our Church, Catholic Education and for Leadership within these contexts.
The Strategy promotes Fullan’s idea of ‘simplexity’ by ‘finding the smallest number of high-leverage, easy to-understand actions that unleash stunningly powerful consequences’ (Fullan 2009, p.16). It is organized around the three identified priority areas of Catholic Identity, Capacity Building and Service, and demands shared responsibility for its actioning. The priority areas summarize the improvement theme categories that presented in the data collected using the Education System Improvement Tool (ESIT) from Central Office personnel and from Principals and School Leadership Teams.
Actions identified within each priority area will be detailed further in the Central Office Annual Improvement Plan (AIP), which will also be informed by individual schools’ Annual Improvement Plans. To monitor and evaluate progress of the improvement agenda, regular check-ins using the ESIT will be scheduled and recorded in the AIP timeline of events.
The following four guiding principles frame the animation of the Strategy:
- Journey with – engaging in respectful, challenging dialogue within a collaborative and supportive environment to determine a mutual understanding of the best way forward to improve student outcomes.
- Build from the evidence – collecting, analysing and using relevant and rigorous evidence to inform future practice.
- Learn and reflect – engaging in a continuous cycle of inquiry and improvement.
- Speak with hope – using skillful language to cultivate hope to embrace all that the future holds.