Wharekura - Catholic Schools Office
Message from Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland
The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) supports the work of school principals and staff, parents and parish priests in providing quality Catholic education to students from Early Childhood to Year 13 living in the Diocese of Auckland.This web site provides information on the primary and secondary Catholic schools in our Diocese, and the services of the Catholic Schools Office. You will find relevant and updated information on the Catholic Schools Office, the Education Services provided by CSO, Property and Finance issues, News and Events including ‘Nga Korero O Te Wa’, our newsletter, Frequently Asked Questions and Resources. I invite you to use the site as an interactive resource and as a communication tool between CSO and the wider education community.
Our Catholic schools distinguish themselves when our students develop a Christ-centred faith relationship, when pastoral care reflects the sacredness of each individual, when individuals are encouraged to know, love and respect themselves as children of God and when a culture of excellence is fastened in the heart of the Gospel.
With Catholic education at the very heart of the Church’s mission, we strive to continue to work with parents and teachers in forming men and women who will take their place as leaders in the Church and society of Aotearoa-New Zealand.
Bishop of Auckland
Recognising that Catholic Schools are integral participants in the evangelising mission of the Church, a Catholic School will ensure students receive a quality holistic education that fosters: a genuine encounter with Christ; growth in knowledge of Christ, His teachings and the teachings of the Church; opportunities to become authentic witnesses of their faith.
Graduates from a Catholic school will therefore:
- Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Have an understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ
and His Catholic Church
- Be witnesses of the faith through an authentic
integration of faith and life, a commitment to serving
others recognising the face of Christ in each person
and being active members of a Catholic parish or
- Have the values, attitudes, knowledge/qualifications
and skills that will enable them to move confidently to
the next stage of their life, and become Missionary
Disciples in the Catholic Church and in society
The Catholic Education Services Board will support schools in the Diocese to be communities of excellence in maintaining, developing, enhancing and reviewing their Catholic Special Character.
Our Catholic Schools are faith communities where all will be disciples of Christ, at a spiritual and intellectual level.
Catholic Special Character:
Ensuring that the Catholic Special Character of our schools and Early Childhood Centers are safeguarded and enhanced
Religious Education Curriculum:
Supporting schools in the effective delivery of quality nationally approved programmes
Providing needs based programmes which assist teachers and leaders to attain appropriate levels of Certification and qualifications associated with Special Character and/or Religious Education
Assisting in developing and forming leaders in our schools and supporting staff already holding leadership positions