Welcome to the 2023 school year
06 February 2023
It is a source of tremendous pride for Catholic education that these advancements have largely been inspired or led by outstanding and dedicated staff in 163 schools across WA. And, more importantly, at the centre of these is a commitment to the nearly 79,000 individual students whose stories and successes make Catholic education what it is. From achievements in the classroom to triumphs on the sports field, and the many hours of service given so selflessly throughout the year, our students continue to demonstrate the value a Catholic education provides to families across the State.
This year we are delighted to mark the opening of Emmaus Catholic Primary School in Dayton. It was a privilege to join Principal Sandro Coniglio and the school community to witness the first day of the newest school in Catholic education.
So, as the 2023 school year gets underway, I offer my heartfelt gratitude to all staff in Catholic schools and offices across our state. Parents continue to choose Catholic schools because they know that from the moment their child enters a Catholic school until their last days with us, they are guided by teachers and supported by staff who are committed to the mission of Christ-centred and child-focused education.
Catholic schools are exemplified by a spirit of service and a strong sense of community. At a time when so many in our world face displacement and loss, it is vital that we acknowledge that the start of 2023, as in earlier years, has not been as positive for all in WA, or indeed the world.
For our school communities in the Kimberley region who have either directly or indirectly been affected by the recent flooding, you remain in our prayers and we stand ready to offer the necessary support over the coming months to ensure our Kimberley schools continue to be places of hope, support and learning opportunities.
I wish you all the very best in the year ahead. And, in the spirit of community that is a hallmark of Catholic education, let us come together in mission to support every student as they discover their potential.
Acting Executive Director
Catholic Education Western Australia