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Maitland-Newcastle Schools Office under spotlight

A panel of people representing various sectors of education is this week reviewing the workings of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office (CSO) in order to ascertain its current effectiveness and identify future priorities for Catholic schooling in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, an area incorporating the Hunter and Manning regions of NSW.

Bishop Michael Malone announced the review in May this year, saying that "in the corporate world business leaders are constantly evaluating the core purposes of their business".

"Within the Church too, it helps to step back to evaluate how we are engaging in our mission," he said.

Schools Director Wayne Tinsey said: "The first stage of the review was co-ordinated during the second term of the school year by an internal committee. There was an opportunity for significant numbers of teachers, school principals, parents, priests, CSO staff and others associated with diocesan schooling to complete a comprehensive survey."

Focus areas for review included the promotion of a Catholic identity, teaching and learning, and the distribution of resources. An action plan responding to the 2004 recommendations will be developed, and thereafter, evaluation will be conducted annually.

Bishop Malone expressed his hope that "a thoughtful and honest appraisal of our CSO will lead to a healthy realignment of its service to the diocesan community."

Catholic Schools Office Under Spotlight (Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 2/9/04)

Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

3 Sep 2004