Executive Director's welcome

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Welcome to Melbourne Ƶ Catholic Schools (Ƶ).

Catholic schools are unique places where students and their families join a community that is illuminated by the light of faith in Christ, and permeated with the gospel spirit of love and freedom. In this educational community, students are encouraged to grow spiritually, socially and emotionally in a culture of academic excellence.

Our schools seek to provide our students with the best education possible, one where families and students are inspired to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Christ and his teaching.

As the governor and operator of approximately 300 Catholic schools in the Ƶ of Melbourne, Melbourne Ƶ Catholic Schools (Ƶ) works in partnership with families, parishes, religious institutes and the community to deliver a safe environment and high-quality Catholic education that is inclusive of all who seek it.

Catholic educators are holistic in their approach and put the full flourishing of every child at the heart of the educational process. We believe this approach respects and recognises the unique abilities and needs of every student in our care.

Through our dedicated and professional school leaders, teachers and staff we are able to transform young minds into vibrant, active leaders and contributors within our society.

The News and Events section of this website shares many examples of these wonderful stories, which showcase the very best of our sector, with our wider community. I encourage you to become a regular visitor and stay up to date with the achievements of our schools and students.

The good work of educating the young, undertaken in the light of the gospel, is a shared responsibility led by every member of the Catholic school community.

By creating a learning environment in which the whole educational community is formed to embrace life in all its fullness, parents, families, principals and teachers come together to enable every child to make the most of their potential.

Parents appreciate the unique choice a Catholic education offers, with more than 112,000 students enrolled in one of our Catholic schools in the Ƶ of Melbourne.

This makes Ƶ the second largest provider of schooling in Victoria and the largest Catholic education provider within a diocese in Australia.

For prospective parents wanting to explore enrolling their child in a Catholic school, the School Search functionality of this website will connect you to your local Catholic primary, secondary, combined or special school to make the necessary arrangements.

Alongside an excellent education, Catholic schools also offer social partnerships that keep our schools at the cutting-edge of an ever-evolving education sector.

These social partnerships give students access to a wide range of opportunities that support future career prospects and get them involved in helping their neighbours and better understanding their communities through social justice activities in their local community.

Students also benefit from wellbeing programs that reflect the gospel values and reinforce a shared belief in a new life characterised by all that is good and true.

I trust this visit to our website will be a productive one, but please contact us if you require further support.

Thank you for supporting Catholic education.

Dr Edward Simons
Executive Director