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, the schools are places where students can grow both physically and in their faith.
Their 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 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.
This takes commitment.
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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.
Low fee paying
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.
High quality 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.
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.
See the new website dow.catholic.edu.au for more information about Catholic schools in your local area.