Catholic Schools Office Wagga Wagga - Annual Report 2012

A Message From the Director

 

 

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga are well regarded by the community. There is considerable confidence in their effectiveness, and demand for places is strong. However, in order to maintain this regard the Catholic Schools Office (Diocese of Wagga Wagga) is called upon to support schools to manage challenges in an increasingly secular and technological society. Our experience over 2012 has demonstrated that we are equal to these challenges. Our work towards this has been informed and supported by the creation of the Strategic Improvement Plan for Catholic Schools (Diocese of Wagga Wagga) 2012-2016.

 

This Strategic Improvement Plan for Catholic Schools’ sets out strategic improvement priorities for the Catholic Schools Office system of Catholic schools. The Plan is underpinned by the Vision and Mission statements and the Bishop’s Mandate released by Bishop Gerard Hanna in 2011. It is the result of an extensive consultation process carried out during 2011 with priests, students, teachers and parents across the Diocese. Their feedback on our achievements of the past five years and areas for future development have informed this Strategic Improvement Plan.  It identifies the strategic thinking of the Catholic Schools Office in each of the seven Key Priority Areas:

 

Catholic Identity and Religious Education

Student Learning

Pedagogy

Knowledge Management and ICT

Employee Services

Finance And Resources

Strategic Leadership and Partnerships

 

The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga exist to serve the evangelising mission of the Church whilst ensuring that students are supported to reach their full potential through quality learning and teaching. The pastoral letter of the Bishops of NSW and ACT, Catholic Schools at a Crossroads, which is reflected in the Bishop’s Mandate, inspires our Catholic school leaders and teachers to support parents in the faith development of their children through strong positive and supportive relationships.

 

Year in Review

 

2012 has been a year of building: the building of infra-structure and pedagogical capacities to equip the Diocese to the challenges of education in the 21st century.

New additions were made to a number of schools throughout the Diocese, either in the form of refurbishment or completely new structures. The new learning space at Holy Spirit Primary School, Lavington is perhaps one of the stand out constructions, along with the commencement of Trade Training Centres at Kildare Catholic College, Wagga and Xavier High School, Albury.

 

Teachers across the Diocese were supported through the rolling out programs to build and maintain their capacity to sustain student learning and formation. The partnership between the Broken Bay Institute and CSO Wagga Wagga enhanced our religious education programs, and culminated in the awarding of our first students to graduate with a Masters in Theology. A number of action research projects were commenced around the areas of literacy, numeracy and diversity. Our commitment to Aboriginal Education was strengthened by the appointment of an Aboriginal Education Officer.  Another major project aimed at improving equity and efficiency has been the implementation of a new Payroll and Human Resource Information System (PHRIS).

 

To provide a contemporary education a solid and reliable technology infrastructure is required;  even more so when we provide Catholic education in rural and remote areas. The principle of equity means that geography is not destiny. To that end the Catholic Schools Office spent considerable time and money in  establishing an excellent infrastructure of fibre connections to all schools. This provides excellent opportunities for all students to engage with learning technologies.

 

I acknowledge the great work of all members of this Catholic Schools Office community that,  who in combination with the school service teams continue to provide quality learning opportunities for all. I express gratitude knowing that we are privileged to undertake such work that is inspired and sustained by the grace of God and maintained by the work of human hands. As witness to our commitment I commend to you these people, who between them have dedicated a total of 402 years of service to educating our young people.

 

Their dedication is living proof of the transformative power of the evangelising mission of the church through inspired teaching, faith and service.

 

Marian Catholic College, Griffith

Donald Hillam  30 yrs

Alan Le Brocque 30 yrs

Jenny Sartor  20 yrs

 

St Francis De Sales Regional College, Leeton

Janice Drew  30 yrs

 

St Joseph’s, Culcairn

John Carey  20 yrs

 

St Mary’s, Yoogali

Mary-Jane Simms 30 yrs

 

St Patrick’s, Albury

Susan Duck  22 yrs

Jane Fawcett  30 yrs

Phillip Shanahan 30 yrs

 

St Patrick’s, Griffith

Christine Calabria 30 yrs

 

Xavier High, Albury

Louise Azzi  20 yrs

Moira Porter  30 yrs

Anne Ray  20 yrs

David Ryan  30 yrs

Robert Williams 30 yrs

 

Mr. Alan Bowyer

Director of Schools

 

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