What is the purpose of this consultation?

    This consultation process has been designed to help Sydney Catholic Schools understand why the community chooses a Catholic education and what their aspirations are for the future provision of education in the Sutherland Shire. This will help inform our future thinking and planning. We know that better decisions are informed by many voices, so we are inviting our local, 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 weeks. Your school and parish 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.

    Which schools and parishes are included in this consultation?

    For this consultation we are keen to hear from parents, staff and students from the following secondary schools:

    • Our Lady of Mercy College Burraneer
    • De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah
    • De La Salle College Cronulla
    • St Patrick’s College Sutherland
    • Aquinas Catholic College Menai
    • St John Bosco College, Engadine

    For this consultation we are keen to hear from parents, staff and students from the following primary schools:

    • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, Caringbah
    • Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Miranda
    • St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Cronulla
    • St Francis de Sales Catholic Primary School, Woolooware
    • St Catherine of Labouré Catholic Primary School, Gymea
    • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Como-Oyster Bay
    • St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Sutherland
    • Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Menai
    • St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, Engadine

    We will be holding morning tea information sessions following weekend Mass during the consultation and we invite all parishioners to join us, find out more about it and tell us what you think. They will be held at the following locations (dates to be announced): 

    • Our Lady of Fatima, Caringbah
    • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Miranda
    • St Aloysius of Gonzaga, Cronulla
    • St Catherine of Labouré, Gymea
    • St Joseph, Como-Oyster Bay 
    • St Patrick, Sutherland
    • Holy Family, Menai
    • ST John Bosco, Engadine

    We will coordinate several focus groups with people not in the Sydney Catholic School system to hear their thoughts. We will also be consulting with the local parish priests, the Lasallians (founders of the De La Salle Colleges), and the Sisters of Mercy (founders of Our Lady of Mercy College Burraneer) to ensure their insights are captured in the feedback.

    What is a P-12 school network?

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

    A school 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. It provides opportunities to support collaboration within and across schools and to improve education pathways that support each learner. 


    Why should I participate?

    This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of Catholic education in the Sutherland Shire. We are genuinely interested in how to improve our schools, the way we teach and how we plan our school facilities.

    Parents, teachers and staff, students and parishioners have important insights on these issues. While there are many inputs into this process, your views are important in guiding planning for the future.

    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. 

    In September a series of workshops will be run for school staff, parents and students. 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. 

    There will also be surveys available online in August and September for staff and parents. The results of this survey will be anonymous.

    Morning tea information sessions will be held following Sunday Mass and we invite all parishioners to join us, find out more about it and tell us what you think. Dates for these events will be available on this project page and advertised through the parish newsletters. 

    We will coordinate several focus groups with people not in the Sydney Catholic School system to hear their thoughts. We will also be consulting with the local parish priests, the Lasallians (founders of the De La Salle Colleges), and the Sisters of Mercy (founders of Our Lady of Mercy College Burraneer) to ensure their insights are captured in the feedback.

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

    We welcome all teachers and school staff members to take part in consultation through the dedicated staff workshops. These will provide an opportunity for you to have your say and discuss new ideas and pedagogical approaches with your colleagues across the region. Please visit our workshop registration page for more information.

    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 the school community, past, present and future, and to re-imagine education provision for teh Sutherland Shire 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. 

    Will the consultation consider views on co-education for secondary schools?

    We anticipate co-education will be a topic our community will want to discuss. We will seek community views on a range of schooling topics, which will include single sex and co-educational secondary options as well as preferences for different specialisations and extracurricular activities, education pathways, and pedagogy.

    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 effect will this consultation have on the local parish?

    Parish priests will be consulted as an important part of this engagement and their input will be sought. We will also have information sessions  with parishioners and we encourage you to join us for these. The consultation will have no operational effects on the parish. 

    When will we know the outcomes?

    KJA, an engagement and communications consultancy, will be delivering the activities for the consultation process during Terms 3 and 4. Outcomes from the consultation will be provided to Sydney Catholic Schools later this year and a synopsis of feedback will be provided to school and parish communities.

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

    Will there be changes to schools as a result of this project?

    This consultation is focused on hearing a range of views on how to deliver the best possible educational experience for our community. It has been designed to allow genuine feedback from schools, parents and parishioners on what they would like the future of Catholic education to be in the Sutherland Shire.

    We invite you to share your feedback through our online surveys, workshops and information sessions. Your feedback will help inform potential future school models and will be considered by Sydney Catholic Schools as part of their decision making process.

    We would hope to see clear opportunities to make our schools even better. We will provide feedback to the community about what we heard, and keep you informed of any future decisions. This is a gradual process and we highly value the opinions of our school and Parish communities.