Catholic Education Review – Feedback requested

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Independent review of Catholic education

Archbishop Julian Porteous, on advice of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission, has formally initiated an independent review of Catholic education in southern Tasmania.

A key outcome of this review will be how Tasmanian Catholic schools can best provide for the needs of Kindergarten to Year 12 students for the next 20-years.

The review commenced in November this year and will conclude on April 30, 2018. To read more about the review, click the following link:

As part of this review, St Mary’s College has been asked to submit a response.

Initially, we had planned to hold a parent information evening/forum where members of the broader College community could gather to discuss the review and express their opinion and views.

We received a large response from people expressing their desire to provide input into the review but who, due to the busy time of the year, were unable to attend the forum.

For this reason we made the decision to cancel the forum and instead focus our efforts on gathering feedback via electronic means.

We don’t want you to miss out on having your say, so please email Kia Pelham at with your responses to the below questions, which have been developed by consultants from KPMG. Your feedback is of great value to us, and we thank you in advance for your support and involvement in this process.

  1. What elements of Catholic education in southern Tasmania are working well?
  2. What do you believe to be the key issues currently facing Catholic education in southern Tasmania?
  3. What does your own school look like in five, 10, 15 and 20 years?
  4. Given a ‘blank canvas’, how would your school community see the provisioning of Catholic Education in Southern Tasmania for the next 20 years, in respect to:
    I. Pre-compulsory schooling (birth to four)
    ii. Early child hood schooling (Kinder to Year 2)
    iii. Primary schooling (Year 3 to 4)
    iv. Middle schooling (Year 5 to 8)
    v. Secondary schooling (Year 9 to 10)
    vi. Senior secondary schooling (Year 11 and 12)
  5. Again, thinking about the ‘blank canvas’, what is the view of your school community in relation to
    I. Maintaining the Catholic identity
    ii. Vocational education and training provisioning
    iii. Single sex and co-educational schooling
    iv. Alternative structures for schooling having regard to factors such as, but not limited to, gifted students, students with special learning needs, flexible learning, online delivery methods, etc.
  6. What do you see as the potential risks/challenges in moving towards the future you envision?
  7. What do you see as being a transition pathway to move from now to the future you have envisioned?
  8. What other matters would you like to raise, within the Terms of Reference (outlined below), that the review should consider?

Terms of Reference

Guiding Principles

  • The review is to provide recommendations focused on the best interests of students receiving a Catholic education into the future.
  • The preferred option(s) need to be both viable and sustainable for 10 to 20 years.
  • The fundamental Catholic principles of subsidiarity, co-responsibility and common good and Catholic education’s preferential option for the poor and marginalised will underpin deliberations and subsequent documentation development made within the Report.
  • The areas for review will based on the four domains of the Archbishop’s Charter – Catholic identity, Leadership. Learning and Resourcing for Mission.

The objectives of the review are to provide a report and recommendations to the Archbishop and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission (TCEC) on:

  • Current curriculum provision, attainment data, and pathway information for students in Kinder to Year 12 in Catholic schools in the Greater Hobart region.
  • The alignment and effectiveness of transitions within Catholic education from Kinder to Primary to Junior Secondary to Senior Secondary including Vocational Education and Training (VET).
  • Options to support the educational needs of our students now and into the future in light of current and emerging educational provision within the Hobart region.
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