Catholic Schools Week
3-7 May 2021
A welcome from the Director of Catholic Education, Diocese of Wagga Wagga
I would like to thank you for taking the time to inquire about education at one of our 25 Primary and 5 Secondary schools in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. I recognise that selecting a school for your son/daughter is a very significant decision and our schools will be happy to answer your questions and assist you to make the best choice for your child.
Over 200 years, Catholic schools have grown to become the largest provider of schooling in Australia (outside government) educating one in five school-age students. This represents some 768,000 students in 1,751 schools across the country and employing 98,000 teachers and staff. Here in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, the schools currently educate over 8600 students and employ over 1600 staff. The benefit of being part of a system of schools is that we are able to offer families a high quality education at an affordable cost.
The vision for our schools lies at the heart of a Catholic education;
“Inspired by the message and actions of Jesus Christ we nurture excellence as a Community of Learners, so all (students) may flourish in their humanity”.
Catholic schools are therefore learning communities, committed to excellence, where the dignity of each child is valued and respected. Our schools educate the ‘whole child’, through an all round education that nurtures each student spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically so that each student is able to flourish. Importantly Catholic leaders and staff understand the need to work in partnership with parents, carers and families who entrust their precious children to one of our schools
If you are interested in your child enrolling in any of our schools, please take the next step and contact your local Catholic school directly to obtain further information or to make arrangements to attend a school open day.
I thank you for your interest in finding out more about a Catholic education.
Wishing you many blessings,
Elizabeth O’Carrigan OAM
Director of Catholic Education
Together we can build a great future for your child
Educating the whole child
The teachers and staff in their 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.
Their aim is to equip students to become lifelong, independent learners and to search for meaning and relevance in a complex and challenging world.
Catholic schools are called to be of service to their local communities.
They 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 their schools.
While these 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.
These 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.
They welcome parent involvement in all facets of school life and encourage parents to actively support and engage in their child’s learning and development.
A culture of excellence
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.
The 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
The schools strive to create an environment where students can feel safe, secure and included.
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.