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Launch of Catholic School Parents Australia

Sunday, October 20, 2013

It was an historic day for Catholic education when a new body to give Catholic school parents a strong and united voice at national level was launched in Sydney this week. 

Catholic School Parents Australia will play a leading role in representing the views of parents to the Federal government as well as provide a forum for state Catholic School parent bodies to consider issues and share ideas. 

The inaugural Annual General Meeting of Catholic School Parents Australia, following a launch with all Diocesan and State Directors of education, was held on Tuesday 15th October. 

Danielle Cronin, Executive Director of the NSW Council of Catholic School Parents, said, “This is an historic moment in Catholic education, and indeed Australian education more broadly, as all Catholic school parents, for the first time, have a truly national and authentic voice at the national level. The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW has worked hard for a number of years to progress a national voice for its members, the parents of over 240 000 students, and we are very proud to be a founding member of this new body”, she said. 

Newly elected Independent Chair, Mr Tony O’Byrne, says “Catholic schools have a distinctive ethos and are therefore often faced with a unique range of policy issues.” 

The organisation has the support of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the National Catholic Education Commission and will work in close partnership with both to promote and strengthen Catholic education.