The Catholic Schools Office (CSO), is responsible to the Bishop and wider diocesan community for the leadership, efficient operation and management of systemic schools which educate approximately 19,300 students in 44 primary schools, 10 secondary schools, one K to 12 and one special school in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The CSO employs more than 1200 teachers and approximately 480 non-teaching staff.
The CSO's main focus is to support the mission of the church through the provision of a high quality religious education program that enables all students to know Jesus Christ. The CSO also provides guidance and support for schools to ensure each student is well educated and has the opportunity to grow spiritually, academically, physically and emotionally.
Catholic schools also seek to develop the student’s spirit, mind, body and character with a Catholic worldview so that they become confident and responsible global citizens. In partnership with parents, staff work with students to nurture and cultivate Gospel values that support lives filled with joy, endeavour and hope in the future. Catholic schools are places where committed and passionate teachers inspire confidence and facilitate academic excellence, where faith in God is lived in community and where contemporary learning opens minds to a future filled with hope.
We encourage you to connect with the CSO via its website and social media channels, encounter the uniqueness of Catholic education, find your local Catholic school and learn about the many initiatives and educational opportunities on offer.