Catholic Ed shines at business excellence awards

The Catholic Education Offices from the Sydney and Broken Bay dioceses were among the winners of prestigious business excellence awards for 2007.

The Sydney Catholic school system was one of five recipients of the major award in the 19th annual Australian Business Excellence Awards announced in Sydney last week, the Sydney Catholic Education Office said in a statement.

Accepted by Br Kelvin Canavan, Executive Director of Schools, on behalf of Sydney Catholic schools, the bronze award recognises effective business practice across a variety of areas such as leadership, finance, quality, innovation, people, customer focus and strategic planning.

Br Canavan said that this award follows receipt of the top award in the Leadership category in 2004.

He added that "it also allows us to benchmark ourselves against other business enterprises in Australia and overseas, and in so doing, focus our efforts on organisational excellence in all that we do."

A spokesperson from the organisers, SAI Global, said that this year's awards attracted more than 100 entries from all kinds of business and government enterprises across the nation.

Br Canavan stated that this latest award is public recognition of the 7,000 teachers and administrators whose daily work is dedicated to the education of 63,000 students in 147 parish primary and regional secondary schools across much of the metropolitan area.

"It gives considerable encouragement to teachers in the system who aspire to belong to a successful organisation."

He says the educational culture is changing to embrace "business efficiency ... with a growing emphasis on strategic planning, performance targets and commitment to accountability and improvement in everything we do."

Br Canavan also pointed out that student academic results are one measure of success.

"We also have responsibility to assist these young people in the development of ethical and moral values that reflect our faith tradition and support a democratic, multicultural Australia. These outcomes are not easily measured."

"We're in the business of education and we know that our students only have one opportunity for a school education," he said.

In another award, the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Broken Bay was named winner of the 19th Annual SAI Global Systems Excellence Award for Occupational Health and Safety, the diocese says in a statement.

Before a filled Grand Ballroom at the Westin Hotel, Sydney, representatives from CSO Broken Bay, including Director of Schools Br Tony Whelan and OHS Consultant CSO, Mrs Mary Gow, accepted the honour in recognition for the organisation that demonstrated continuous improvement of workplace health and safety through implementation of a systemic approach.

"We are exceptionally proud to have received such a prestigious award," commented Br Tony Whelan.

"Excellence and best practice has characterised this management system from its launch to the present. We are honoured to be known as a community that is committed to the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students and parents."

CSO Broken Bay's OHS management system has been in place in CSO Broken Bay's 43 primary and secondary schools for four years.

"Broken Bay School staff are now very conscious of how health and safety permeates every aspect of school life," said Ms Gow.

Catholic Schools Office Broken Bay takes out Top Honour in OHS Management Systems (Media Release, Broken Bay Catholic Schools Office, 22/6/07)
Sydney Catholic School System Wins National Business Excellence Award (Sydney Catholic Education Office, Media Release, 22/6/07)

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25 Jun 2007