Drawing from the well of faith — Catholic Schools Week 2020

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle celebrates Catholic Schools Week from 1 March to 6 March. This marked a time of celebration and joy for the lives and learning of 20,000 young people enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 12 across 58 Catholic schools. Maitland-Newcastle is the fourth-largest Diocese in NSW. 

Catholic schools draw their inspiration and hope from the Jesus of the Gospels. This nurtures a deep commitment to, and underpins our understanding of, why we do what we do.

In a deeply secular country such as Australia, Catholic schools offer a different choice for parents — a choice where, like the Samaritan woman at the well — children are met as people of inherent worth. All aspects of school life are drawn from a well of faith — faith in the goodness of life, faith in the ability of humanity to seek to be its best, faith in every child’s ability to learn and excel, faith in a God who suffers and rejoices with us in both consolation and celebration.

In a Catholic school, children encounter opportunities to grow in personhood and knowledge. We prioritise education for indigenous students, lay solid foundations for early learning, provide a Virtual Academy, and encourage our young people to ask questions, to become advocates for justice and active citizens of the world. They are invited to drink deeply of knowledge, to pursue truth and be filled with a lifelong love of learning.

Catholic Schools strive to build a community, not just an economy. They are challenged to view the world as hope-filled and are charged with a response to go and make a difference. To do so is to give witness to a life that flourishes into the fullness of its potential — the human person made in the image of God.

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