Welcome to the Catholic Education Office Bathurst
The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst provides a diverse range of educational options, from primary schools in small rural communities to large secondary schools. Our schools provide high educational standards in a caring and stimulating environment.
More than 9,000 students attend 34 Catholic schools in the Diocese. In partnership with parents and parishes, our schools are committed to fostering Gospel values, academic excellence and life-long service in a faith-centred community.
Our Catholic Schools
Catholic schools are first and foremost religious schools. They provide a unique opportunity for students to grow, both in relationship with God, and also in knowledge, understanding, wisdom and life skills, in a way that promotes the integration of their faith and their daily lives. Catholic schools strive to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive contribution to society and to the Church. As the lived experience of students, the curriculum of a Catholic school embraces all aspects of their human and personal development, and contributes in partnership with other agencies of education towards the development of the whole person.
Vision and Mission Statement
Catholic Education in the Diocese of Bathurst
“We have gifts that differ, according to the grace given to each of us”
With Jesus Christ as our inspiration and guide, we are called to provide high-quality Catholic education in the Diocese of Bathurst.
In partnership with the family, parish and community, our schools nurture a relationship with Jesus, celebrate and share the Catholic faith, and educate to enable all to make a positive contribution to the world.
We are therefore committed to:
• An acknowledgement and promotion of Catholic education as an integral part of the mission of the Church.
• A communion with the Universal and local Catholic Church.
• Religious Education and faith formation programs that are ongoing and developmental.
• The explicit teaching, living and celebration of the Word of God and the Sacraments.
• Communities being places of evangelisation providing opportunities for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
• The provision of a safe, inclusive and professional learning environment.
• The use of a variety of methods, technologies and techniques to enhance learning and teaching.
• The implementation of a challenging, rigorous and engaging curriculum.
• Recognition of the diverse needs of learners.
• Excellence in learning and teaching.
• Prudent and careful stewardship of what has been gifted to us.
• Quality and effective leadership.
• Just and right relationships that recognise and respect the dignity of each individual.
• Diligent and responsible management of resources to promote a sustainable and hope-filled future.
• A commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and evaluation of performance.