Why Catholic education?
Catholic schools are centred on the person of Jesus Christ and are called to live and proclaim the message of the Gospel. Supported by, and in collaboration with, the Catholic community of which they are a vital part, Catholic schools encourage staff, students and their families into a personal relationship with Jesus, challenging them to find, through Him, meaning and value in their lives.
Holy Cross follows the guidelines provided by the Catholic Schools Office Enrolment Policy. This Enrolment Policy has been devised to accommodate the needs of families seeking a Catholic education. It aims to set direction for school procedures and practices for enrolling students into Catholic primary and secondary schools within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The policy establishes a common, consistent approach in enrolment practices. It assists the system of Catholic schools to provide education, where possible, for all Catholic children who seek enrolment; caters for the individual needs of each child equitably within the constraints of the available teaching and material resources; and encourages parents enrolling their children in Catholic schools to support parish and school life, especially in education in faith.
Does my child need to be Catholic to attend Holy Cross?
No. Holy Cross is open to all who want to share its educational goal, inspired by Christian principles. In accordance with each school’s enrolment vacancies, preference is given to students who are baptised Catholic and who live in the local parish, and then to children of Catholic families from other parishes who wish to enrol. However, schools are open to all who wish to be guided in their education by the principles and teachings of Christ.
All families and their children, Catholic or non-Catholic, are invited to have a Catholic education but must be willing to participate in the religious life of the school.