Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Founded on a Strong Ethos; Catholic Education Ensures Students Are Well Equipped to Shape Their Own Future

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Founded on a Strong Ethos; Catholic Education Ensures Students Are Well Equipped to Shape Their Own Future

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PROVIDING a learning environment that is spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging and emotionally caring, Catholic school communities continue to provide support to lifelong learners so that they will be able and willing to envision and contribute to the creation of a just, equitable and compassionate world.

In the Diocese of Rockhampton (Bundaberg to Mackay and west to Longreach) Catholic schools strive not just to be different but to make a difference in the lives of the young people entrusted to their care.

Today around 5000 students in Mackay, Bucasia, Walkerston and Sarina attend two Catholic Kindergartens, eight Catholic Primary schools and three Catholic Secondary colleges staffed by 700 teachers and support personnel, as part of the Northern Region of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton.

The eight kindergartens, 31 primary schools and eight colleges are founded on a strong Catholic ethos enabling the spirit of Jesus Christ to permeate all aspects of life in our educational communities.

Catholic education is:

A faith based education which places the values of Jesus at its centre

A high quality, holistic education for 1 in 5 young Queenslanders, educating them to be well informed, highly skilled and constructive members of the community

Catholic education:

Values diversity and treats each student with dignity enabling them in turn to promote and respect the dignity of all

Nurtures in students a commitment to social justice and a critical social consciousness

Prepares students for global responsibilities through stewardship of the earth's resources

Is an integral part of the local and universal Church

Occurs in welcoming, inclusive and connected communities

Catholic schools are vibrant places of learning, they are very well-resourced and staff are highly qualified to cater for diverse student needs. …

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