Catholic school enrolments surge

Catholic school enrolments across Sydney have continued to rise defying a long-term downward trend, the Sydney Catholic Education Office revealed.

The Catholic Weekly reports figures released by the CEO show that between 1976 and 2006 the total school-age population throughout the Archdiocese of Sydney dropped by 10.5 per cent (about 42,300), compared with an increase of 6.5 per cent (nearly 5000 students) in Catholic school enrolments.

Executive Director of Schools in the archdiocese Br Kelvin Canavan (pictured) says the figures reveal a significant rise in the proportion of young Catholics attending Catholic schools.

"The 2006 Census shows that 63 per cent of young Catholics attended Catholic schools, up from 61 per cent in 2001," Br Canavan said.

"The figure at the secondary school level is even higher at 68 per cent, while 59 per cent of parents send their Catholic children to Catholic primary schools," he said.

Br Canavan said the figures shows there is a high satisfaction with Catholic schools from parents.

Surge in Catholic school enrolment, (Catholic Weekly 27/01/08)

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24 Jan 2008