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Exciting year for Catholic education


With more than 45,000 students and 6100 staff at the State’s 103 Catholic schools now well into the swing of Term 1, Catholic Education SA director DR NEIL McGORAN outlines some major developments happening in 2020.

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Most of us remember our first day at school. We may have felt eager with excitement and ready for the next step in our learning journey, or perhaps we felt nervous with the uncertainty of joining a new school community.

Around 2900 students started in Reception at a Catholic school this term and they would have, without a doubt, experienced a range of emotions. Parents probably shared some of those first-day nerves and asked themselves ‘where did that time go?’

I want to assure all families that we will support your child every step of the way in their learning journey.

We strongly believe that education is a partnership between families and educators and we strive to ensure that every child in our schools flourishes.

Parents can have a high level of confidence that we will help their children become thriving young people, capable learners and leaders for the world God desires.

Of course, this includes valuing, nurturing and celebrating academic success. At the same time, it means recognising the gifts of each and every student, creating opportunities to help them achieve their goals, and enabling them to grow into young adults who have a personal relationship with God, care for each other and contribute positively to strengthening our community.

As a system of over 100 schools across the State, we educate more than 45,000 young people. Our 6100 staff are passionate about making a difference.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2019 on their fine achievements – 3455 students across 34 secondary schools obtained their SACE. Across the cohort there were over 6000 results in the A band, 312 merit certificates and nine students received the Governor’s Commendation Award. A further 27 students successfully completed their IB Diploma with a total of 26 merits gained by the cohort over the two-year program.

2020 will be an exciting year for Catholic Education SA and we have just opened our newest school at Hove.

An enormous amount of planning and creativity has gone into the development of McAuley Community School. We have constructed an exceptional learning environment that, together with quality leaders and staff, will ensure students have the best possible learning experiences that will challenge their thinking and open their eyes to new possibilities.

As part of CESA’s commitment to increasing Catholic Education pathways, two school expansions are under development in 2020.

Xavier College will open a new campus at Two Wells in 2021. The school will open with students from Reception to Year 6 and will progressively cater for all year levels.

In 2022, St Joseph’s School at Murray Bridge will have its first cohort of Year 8s as it expands to become a Reception to Year 9 school.

I would like to offer my best wishes to all students and their families for the 2020 school year. May you learn and grow in your capabilities. May you be inspired by the teachings of Jesus and be passionate about making a difference in our world.

Finally, thank you to the staff in our Catholic schools who work so hard to make our schools such wonderful and inspiring places to learn and grow.

May 2020 be a great year for us all.





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