What is the purpose of this consultation?

Five Dock and the surrounding Inner West suburbs will be an area of significant population growth in the coming two decades and subsequently there is a need to increase capacity at our local schools. The area is well served by a good selection of systemic Catholic primary schools and Domremy College. However, there is uneven growth in enrolments across the primary schools, with some increasing while others have declined, and at present there is no local systemic Catholic secondary school option for boys.

Sydney Catholic Schools is committed to offering quality future-focussed school offerings to all Catholic families. We have an exciting opportunity to better understand the aspirations of our school community, past, present and future, and to reimagine education provision for this precinct for the long term. 

To help inform our future thinking and precinct planning, a consultation process will be conducted to gather extensive feedback across the local community. We invite our parish and school communities including staff, parents and students to contribute to this process. There will be a series of workshops held and online surveys conducted over the coming months, your school will provide details for each event and how you can contribute as this consultation proceeds. You can always check this website as well, we will be posting updates here as the consultation progresses.

What is a P-12 school network?

A school network is a cluster of schools that collaborate to provide a clear educational pathway from early learning (preschool) to Year 12, with an overarching pastoral plan for the region. 

A network aims to bring together parishes, students, family, friends, the early childhood sector and industry to deliver opportunities for world-class education outcomes within the context of a Catholic faith community. A network will provide opportunities to support collaboration within and across schools and to improve education pathways that better support personalisation for each learner.

Which schools and parishes are included in this consultation?

For this consultation the following schools and associated parishes are included:

- Domremy College, Five Dock 

- All Hallows Catholic Primary School, Five Dock

- St Joan of Arc Catholic Primary School, Haberfield

- St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Concord

- St Ambrose Catholic Primary School, Concord West

- St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Mortlake

- Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School, North Strathfield

- St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, North Leichhardt

- St James Catholic Primary School, Glebe

- Fr John Therry, Balmain

Will my school/my child’s school be closed?

No, the closure of schools is not the intention of this consultation. 

In the future we may make some changes to continue to improve the offerings from our great schools. Sydney Catholic Schools is committed to providing quality Catholic education and to meet the needs of our communities. This engagement process is to understand community aspirations for the future provision of Catholic education in this precinct. We invite you to share your feedback through our online survey. Your feedback will help inform potential future school models and will be considered by Sydney Catholic Schools as part of their decision making process.

Families will be kept informed of the outcomes from this consultation. Any changes will take some time and we will be communicating this clearly in the future. 

Is this consultation just about turning Domremy College into a coeducational secondary school?

No. We will be seeking community input on a range of education models and concepts, which will include single sex and coeducational secondary options as well as preferences for different specialisations and extracurricular activities, education pathways, and pedagogy. 

Five Dock and the surrounding Inner West suburbs will be an area of significant population growth in the coming two decades and subsequently there is a need to increase capacity at our local schools. At present there is no local systemic Catholic secondary school option for boys in this area. Sydney Catholic Schools is committed to providing quality Catholic education and to meet the needs of our communities.

Will school fees be considered?

Sydney Catholic Schools establishes school fees and costs, which are reviewed regularly. We are interested to explore what effect school fees may have on families accessing Catholic education. This is one part of the broader conversation about future educational models and how families make choices about schools.

What will the consultation process be and how can I get involved?

This will be a staged consultation process. Information about each stage will be available through this website. 

A series of workshops will be run for school staff, parents and parishioners between August and September. We invite you to join us for these and RSVP to one of the events. If they fill up and you are keen to contribute please let us know – we will run extra sessions if there is sufficient interest. 

There will also be a survey available online in August and we welcome all members of our school, parish and local communities to contribute their responses. The results of this survey will be anonymous.

We will also be running a small number of focus groups with people not yet in the Sydney Catholic School system. We will also be consulting with the local parish priests and the Presentation Sisters, founders of Domremy College, to ensure their insights are captured in the feedback. 

When will we know the outcomes?

The engagement activities for the consultation process will be delivered during Terms 3 . A report of the findings will be submitted to Sydney Catholic Schools by the end of the year and a synopsis of feedback will be provided to school and parish communities.

The Sydney Catholic Schools Board will utilise the report, other expert or technical advice and other considerations to inform their future planning for the precinct in due course.

What effect will this consultation have on the local parish?

Our parish priests will be consulted as an important part of this engagement and their input will be sought. We will also have a program of consultation with parishioners and we would like to encourage you to fill in the online survey and take part in any workshops. The consultation will have no operational effects on the parish. 

I am a teacher/staff member at one of the schools being consulted. What effect will this consultation have for me?

We welcome all teachers and school staff members to take part in consultation through the dedicated staff workshops. These will provide a chance to have your say and discuss new ideas and pedagogical approaches with your colleagues across the region. 

Sydney Catholic Schools is committed to providing quality future-focussed school offerings to all Catholic families. We have an exciting opportunity to better understand the aspirations of our school community, past, present and future, and to reimagine education provision for this precinct for the long term. 

We will keep you informed of the outcomes from this consultation. Any future planning or changes this may bring will take some time. We will keep school leadership teams informed of any future progress.