Catholic Schools Week: 'Educating for Today and Tomorrow'

Next week, 56 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be amongst more than 615 Catholic schools across NSW and the ACT to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, 8-14 March 2015.

The theme for 2015 is 'Educating for Today and Tomorrow', to tie in with the 50th anniversary of Gravissimum Educationis. Gravissimum Educationis, the Declaration on Christian Education, is a document of the Second Vatican Council and was created by the Synod Fathers in 1965. The document recognised the continuing need for the Church to support parents in the education of their children so that they might be better equipped to participate professionally in the social, political and economic life of their communities.

Catholic Schools Week is a special time for all Catholic schools and the local community to invite the wider community to ‘come and see’ the many good things happening in our schools.

The main aim of Catholic Schools Week is to raise public awareness of the wonderful opportunities that Catholic schools provide, and to celebrate our history, our distinctiveness and our many achievements. It is also about strengthening relationships among all who have a stake in our schools – students, staff, families, priests, parishioners, and members of the wider community.

To celebrate Catholic Schools Week, schools are hosting a variety of activities including open classrooms, open days, Autumn Fairs, St Patrick Day celebrations, parents in the classroom activities and more. Please contact your local Catholic school to find out how they are celebrating and how you and your family can be involved.

The official opening of enrolments for Catholic schools in 2016 also takes place during Catholic Schools Week, starting on Monday 9 March

The Hunter’s newest school, St Aloysius Primary School in Chisholm, will be blessed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright and officially opened by the Hon. Bob Baldwin MP, on Monday 9 March, the start of the annual Catholic Schools Week. More information including a photo gallery from the event will appear in next week’s Dio Update. will provide rolling coverage of Catholic Schools Week, showcasing photos, events and social media responses to the celebration.

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Emma Blackford

Emma Blackford worked for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2009-2017. During this time, Emma held the positions of Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Communications Manager for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and Marketing and Communications Manager for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning.