Over the next five years, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is renewing its approach to schooling, deciding to transition all secondary schools in Newcastle from Year 7 to Year 12.

From 2024, Catholic secondary schools in Newcastle will begin a staged transition from Year 7 to Year 12 schools, including St Pius X High School in Adamstown. Photo: Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

The Trustees of the Diocese made the choice to transition, which will occur in a staged and planned way, ensuring that it best supports the educational needs and outcomes of students now and into the future.

From 2024, Catholic secondary schools in Newcastle will begin a staged transition from Year 7 to Year 12 schools, including San Clemente High School in Mayfield, St Francis Xavier’s College in Hamilton, and St Pius X High School in Adamstown.

The Director of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Gerard Mowbray, said the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle was committed to building on all schools’ strong foundations.

“Students learning outcomes and wellbeing has been at the core of this decision making,” Mowbray said.

“In addition, we believe that delivering fully integrated education opportunities will lead to many other benefits, including enhanced learning environments and opportunities for staff.”

The transition of schools to a full Year 7 to Year 12 complement is expected to be completed no later than 2027.

Mowbray said staff, students, families and the wider community are invited to collaborate on the implementation plan to meet the unique needs of each school.

Each school will have dedicated consultation activities, such as listening assemblies, focus groups, or individual interviews commencing June 2.

More information is available at the CSO website: www.mn.catholic.edu.au/7to12SecondaryEducation   

Information source: Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

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