The Archdiocese of Sydney, its Catholic Education Office and its individual schools are committed to providing high-quality learning for all students, regardless of the challenges they experience in their life or learning. We want to make concrete and real the rhetoric of Church and state about the need and right, of every child to a first class education. Christus PÃ¦dogogus, Christ the Teacher, taught us to reverence the dignity of every human person as the image of God and to give particular attention to the most needy: these included the poor in financial or spiritual terms, the sick and frail and otherwise physically or intellectually constrained, and of course the young with respect to whom he said there must be no obstacle to them coming to him. Following His clear mandate, the Catholic Church has become the oldest and by far the largest education provider in the world. In this country alone we now have a growing number of early learning centres, around 700,000 primary and secondary school desks, around 33,000 tertiary places, and many adult education and formation offerings in parishes, dioceses and other settings.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Announcement of first Archdiocesan Special School, Eileen O’Connor Centre, Lewisham
To educate is an act of love, it is to give life. And love is demanding, it calls for the best resources, for a reawakening of the passion to begin this path patiently with young people. The educator in Catholic schools must be, first and foremost, competent and qualified but, at the same time, someone who is rich in humanity and capable of being with young people in a style of pedagogy that helps promote their human and spiritual growth. Youth are in need of quality teaching along with values that are not only articulated but witnessed to..
Pope Francis, Address to participants in the Plenary Session of the Congregation for Catholic Education, February 2014