Catholic education is based on Gospel values that place an emphasis on the spiritual dimension of students’ lives and their faith development.
These values - such as respect, dignity, equality, compassion, truth, love and mercy - while widely-held in the wider community, become personalised and are articulated in the religious dimension of the Catholic faith. The expression of our values is brought about through the interactions and activities within our community and promoted at practical level through social justice outreach to organisations such as Vinnies and Caritas.
Traditionally, many of our schools have been established based on the values or charisms of founding orders such as Dominican, Mercy or Josephites and these are highlighted within these schools with prominence given to celebrating particular characteristics and principles.
We are open to many faiths and spiritual journeys, and inclusivity is one of the touchstones of our beliefs.
The Living Learning Leading Framework gives us a foundation for understanding what we do in Catholic Education - who we are, what we value and how we partner with our families to ensure our students thrive.
No, we welcome people of many faiths and stages of their spiritual journey.
Our schools particularly focus on understanding and recognising the range of faith experiences within their communities.
The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is a Federal Government funded and State administered program to support schools in promoting the wellbeing of students by providing funds that contribute to the maintenance or establishment of chaplaincy services for the provision of general spiritual and personal advice.
In a Catholic school, pastoral care for supporting wellbeing includes social, emotional, spiritual dimensions. Below is a list of the CESA schools which are receiving the NSCP in 2020 as part of the 2019-2022 round of funding for the employment of lay school chaplains, youth ministers or, in some cases, pastoral care workers.