For the Catholic community in Singleton the year 2000 saw the creation of St Catherine’s Catholic College, a Kindergarten - Year 12 model, combining three schools into one, with the parish office included in one central location.
The parish opened a childcare centre in 2006 which gave parents the option of long day care and preschool before ‘big school’. To be able to enrol in day care and continue to Year 12 is a wonderful pathway for families to be able to utilise. The childcare centre is now St Nicholas Early Education and is run by the diocese, further linking our Catholic community across the region, but maintaining the pathway for families.
The relationship between the school and the parish continues to flourish in 2016 with secondary and primary classes combining to attend a weekly parish Mass. Having a daily parish presence within our College community makes being a parishioner and a student so much more real and genuine. The students know our priest, principal and parish community from their baptism through to the end of their secondary education.
I feel that each child, however long their journey with our College, leaves with a touch of family and a lasting relationship. The common thread we are forever blessed with is the ‘love of our Good God’.