Enrolments Up at Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
30 Jan 2015

Dr Dan White welcomes children back to school

Enrolments at Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese are up with more and more families seeking a Catholic education for their children.

Although exact figures will not be known until next week the increase is around 1,000 students across both primary and secondary schools.

This brings the total number of enrolments to around 72,000 in the 113 parish primary and 37 regional secondary schools of the Archdiocese.

There are also 15 independent Catholic schools, run by religious orders, catering for around 16,000 students.

And there are indications the numbers will continue to rise with enrolments already being taken for a number of secondary schools over the next few years which will become co-ed for the first time.

Around 72,000 students now enrolled in Catholic schools of the Archdiocese

Around 9,000 staff have been preparing for this week and the start of the 2015 school year. And for many students it is their first time "in big school" and that can be a little daunting.

However the teaching and support staff are experienced and dedicated to giving the very best learning opportunities possible whether it is for the little first-timer or the student who will sit their HSC later in the year.

"We are committed to providing students with the skills they will need to make a significant contribution to what can be a complex and rapidly changing world," Dr Dan White, Executive Director of Catholic Schools said.

"Our schools have a strong focus on developing the whole person, with the values that lie at the heart of everything we do centred on the person of Jesus Christ.

St Patrick's College, Sutherland enrolled 10 sets of twins in Year 7 last year

"In particular, this year, Catholic schools in Sydney are responding to the challenge of Pope Francis 'to give a voice to the cry of the poor'.

"I especially welcome those parents who have chosen to enrol their sons and daughters in our schools.

"The relationship between the school and parent is so important," Dr White said.

If you think it must be a little overwhelming for those young ones putting on school shoes for the first time and packing their back-packs, spare a thought for the sets of twins walking through the school gate for the first time - and their parents.

It appears St Patrick's College at Sutherland still holds the record for the biggest number of twins at any one school.

This time last year 10 sets of twins entered Year 7, making news across the city. Only one set of twins were identical which according to the staff "certainly made things a lot easier".

Across the city five sets of twins will start kindergarten classes on Monday at St Michael's Catholic Primary School in South Blacktown.

Five sets of twins will start school at St Michael's Primary, Blacktown on Monday. Photo courtesy of St Michael's Primary

It may seem early for those children entering kindergarten or even primary school but the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese hopes by the time students graduate they would have been encouraged in making a difference in the world with all schools fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of each person, collaborating with others for the good of all, inspiring hope and a positive vision for the future and continuing the rich tradition of Catholic Education in Sydney.