Catholic schools educate one in five NSW school students. They are safe, supportive learning communities where the unique dignity of each child is respected, nurtured and valued.
Catholic schools are open to all families who commit to supporting the philosophy, values and aims of Catholic education. Every Catholic school strives to be a spiritual, respectful and sharing place where education is an active partnership between parents, the school and the community. Catholic schools recognise that parents are a child’s first teacher.
Making a difference
Above all, Catholic schools aim to make a difference in our world. They foster the self-esteem and integrity of each student – inspiring hope and a positive vision. They seek to contribute to an Australian community that is highly educated, skilled and respectful of diversity, while promoting and embracing a critical analysis of social issues, the expansion of knowledge and the pursuit of truth.
About Catholic Schools NSW (formerly Catholic Education Commission)
Catholic Schools NSW Limited (CSNSW) is a company established by the NSW Bishops and responsible to them for Catholic education in this state. It replaces Catholic Education Commission NSW, which had fulfilled this role since 1974. CSNSW aims to benefit all NSW Catholic schools and their owner/operators by encouraging and fostering greater collaboration at different levels among all of Christ’s faithful who share actively in the apostolate of Catholic education throughout New South Wales.
CSNSW is governed by a Board of nine Directors and its work is undertaken by a secretariat of some 30 staff.
Serving the community
In its service to schools, parishes, religious institutes and dioceses, CSNSW takes a leadership role, coordinating and representing Catholic education in NSW at a state and national level. In this role, CSNSW is the representative voice of Catholic education agencies in New South Wales.
CSNSW acts to ensure the interests of Catholic schools are protected represented in forums where education policy is formed and resource allocation is determined. CSNSW provides policy guidance and professional services to Catholic school agencies in their development of schools as communities of faith.