Welcome to Catholic Schools Guide 2018 edition. This year, our theme is ’The Global Village’.
New for 2018, our website now lists every Catholic Secondary school in Australia. There are two types of listings, featured and non featured. In addition, we have printed versions of the Guide for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. These are published annually and released on 1 February each year. All information contained in the printed Guide is available at this website.
To read a profile on a College, simply click the The Map of Australia icon. To receive a hard copy of the publication, just send us an e-mail and we shall post you a free copy. To download a PDF version simply click on the appropriate cover, enter your email address and your will then receive a free PDF version.
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At a time when so many voices in this global world speak of the exclusion of others, building both metaphoric and literal walls designed to prevent others from entering, I feel passionate about taking a stand. The Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that 28% of the current Australian population were born overseas, with many more of us the first generation of an immigrant family. I am that person. My father fled post war Italy with his family in a boat, to be welcomed by a country desperate to grow its population. There they found a new world. Not a perfect one, but one that offered hope and safety. Today, many millions of people are searching for that elusive dream.
Our Catholic schools are places of welcome – where you will find people of all backgrounds and faith traditions – yes, it may surprise some to know that you don’t have to be a Catholic to go to a Catholic school! They are places of hope. And they must be places of safety; that is an absolute non-negotiable. All of us must be vigilant in our protection of our most precious assets – children.
I am grateful to our feature writers. This year, we are blessed with the talents of Christian Zahra, Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission; John Phelan, Manager of Communication and Marketing at Brisbane Catholic Education; Michael Ondaatje, National Head of Arts, and Professor of History at Australian Catholic University; Tony O’Byrne, Chair of Catholic School Parents Australia; and Michael McVeigh, well-known editor of the excellent Australian Catholics magazine. We also have an article by Australian Scholarship Group on the costs of education.
Catholic Schools Guide is proud to be supporting Caritas Australia. All support is provided pro bono and our Guide encourages all readers to do what they can to get their school involved in supporting the extraordinary work that this remarkable agency. See our profile on Caritas for more information.