The story of Catholic Education Melbourne in 2017 is a story of growth in challenging times.
Demand for a Catholic education continues to grow across the Archdiocese, with many existing schools close to capacity and string of new schools set to open, including our first new secondary college in many years.
Families continue to trust the education our schools provide and Catholic education has been there as Melbourne grapples with growth rates unseen since gold rush days, expanding choice for parents in the booming suburbs of the city’s northern fringe, the Melbourne—Geelong corridor and the greater Geelong area.
It’s been a year of growth in academic achievement, with Catholic Education Melbourne students chalking up average median study scores in the VCE 3.1 per cent higher than Victorian government schools, and improvements and better than state average results across the different key NAPLAN areas of numeracy, spelling, writing and reading in different years.
2017 has been a year of growth in professional learning and child safety, with the first participants completing Australia’s only dedicated tertiary course in child protection; the Graduate Certificate in Education: Safeguarding Children and Young People, a qualification developed by the Australian Catholic University at the request of Catholic Education Melbourne.
The light that Catholic education aims to instil in our students and schools has burnt brightly, giving our pupils the sense of belonging and purpose that they need in their lives to flourish.