Catholic education is a significant contributor to the broader evangelising mission of the Church—a mission through which the person of Jesus Christ is made known and loved. It is hoped that this missionary impulse is evident in every aspect and dimension of school life. With this missionary focus, our schools are committed to the formation of the whole person; a formation that encompasses the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, moral, aesthetic and religious capacity of each child that enters its doors.
School staff, in partnership with parents and guardians who serve as the primary educators of their children, embody this mission through quality interpersonal relationships and a recognition of a mutuality of gifts to ensure the building of a unique learning and faith community.
Broadly speaking, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong are separated into two kinds:
Systemic schools (also known as “diocesan” schools) are managed through Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong which provides direct administrative and educational support. There are currently 29 parish primary schools, one systemic K–12 co-educational school and eight systemic co-educational secondary schools in the diocese.
Congregational schools (also known as “non-systemic” or “independent” schools), although located in the diocese, are owned and operated by a religious congregation—not the diocese. There are two K–12 congregational schools, with one of these schools catering specifically for students with special needs. There are six other congregational secondary schools, with one of these schools catering to secondary students in years 7–10 with a strong focus on providing individualised programs of study that respond to the unique talents and needs of the young person.
Systemic school teachers & support staff
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Students in the region educated in our Catholic schools
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.