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Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools

Kids are discovering Catholic Schools


Kids are discovering more in Catholic schools Toowoomba:

Friday, 05 February 2016, saw an increased number of students discovering more in their new classrooms with their teachers in the 31 schools in the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba.

In a successful start to the year, new Executive Director of Catholic Schools, Dr Patrick Coughlan, said, “I am delighted to see so many school kids excited to be heading back to school and I wish everyone of them the best for a successful and enjoyable year.”

The 2016 year for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Toowoomba has started with a strong commitment to continual delivery of a quality education in a community of care. With a number of retirements and/or relocation last year, five new Principals and 46 new teachers have been appointed to take up new positions in schools this year.

Dr Coughlan said, “since August 2015 Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Toowoomba have seen incremental increases in enrolments. Many of these increases can be attributed to our practice of listening and collaborating with our local communities. We have heard them about adding additional grades and classes to our schools.

“Last year St Mary’s, Goondiwindi accepted a Year 8 class for the first time. Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Highfields continues to grow with a new Year 8 class. We anticipate the school will continue on this trajectory as it moves towards a P-12 school by 2020. St Thomas More’s and Mater Dei have also grown to include additional Prep classes.

“Our secondary schools and colleges have continued to grow with an overall percentage growth of approximately 1.5%. Other primary schools in Toowoomba such as Holy Name and St Saviour’s Primary School have also seen continued growth.

“A key focus for all of our schools is to be leaders in the provision of an inclusive and contemporary Catholic education. We want students to leave our schools prepared and empowered to take the next steps in their life’s pathway. I feel very privileged that our schools are the school of choice for so many.”

For further information, please contact Kirsty Hogarth, Communications and Marketing Officer via email at kirsty.hogarth@twb.catholic.edu.au or phone 4637 1408.