Catholic schools are a Catholic presence in the local community. They form collaborative partnerships with parents, religious and other groups, professionals and various agencies within and beyond the immediate community, such as universities, that are concerned with the education and well being of young people.


Catholic schools have close connections with Church, diocesan and parish life. They express these connections through participation in liturgical and other cultural activities and celebrations.

Leadership actions

School leaders forge partnerships with others who can have a positive impact on student learning. For example, they:

  • Work collaboratively with parents, priests and other community members and groups in a spirit of pastoral collaboration
  • Promote school policies and programs that link the school with various Church and community groups in work and celebration
  • Involve the school in the liturgical and wider celebrations and activities of the parish, diocese and Church
  • Maintain networks with the broader community and external agencies
  • Show tact, respect and discretion in dealing with various individuals and groups
  • Initiate and facilitate programs and projects that mobilise teachers and students to build relationships and share tasks with various individuals, groups and agencies in the wider community.

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