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I believe your decision to entrust your child’s education to our care is a wise one. As educators in a Catholic school environment we aim to nurture young people to do ‘the best they possibly can’ in all their endeavours. In this context the reaching of one’s potential relates not only to the academic, sporting and social life within the College, but also being open to their spiritual growth and the teaching and religious practices of the Catholic Church. At St Joseph’s Regional College we will foster Christ-centred learners; enabling them to think creatively and critically, communicate and collaborate effectively, and build relationships based on respect, resilience and responsibility.”
St Joseph’s Regional College has high expectations for our students to achieve. This begins with the St Joseph’s Regional College attention to the details of the seemingly smaller, but no less important, day-to-day aspects of life at the school. Hence, the wearing of school uniform with pride, care for our school environment and manner in which we relate to others at school and in the wider community are pivotal to the formation of well-rounded and spiritually centred young people.
The support your families will receive with regard to your child’s education from St Joseph’s Regional College staff is, I believe without comparison. I witness quality teaching and learning taking place within our school environment daily. Indeed, the staff at St Joseph’s Regional College is a very committed group of people. The majority of St Joseph’s Regional College ongoing academic success and heightened profile in the Hastings Valley Region is attributable to the positive relationships staff form with students in their learning.
One of the key indicators of a good school is that students are happy in their learning and are loyal to their families and communities to which they belong. When this occurs in an environment where young people are suitably challenged and extended, then a school forms the basis of a tradition that it can be proud of and worth preserving. Indeed, it is my belief that St Joseph’s Regional College possesses many of these qualities which make it an excellent Catholic School.
We look forward to working with you in the coming years in our endeavour to see your child grow and become the best person they possibly can during this very important time.
The first Year 7-10 school, St Joseph’s Hastings/Regional was opened in Warlters Street, run by the Sisters of St Joseph.
St Joseph’s Vocational College was started – offering an alternative Year 11 and 12 curriculum for students wishing to go from school to employment. It moved to its Hay Street site in 1980.
MacKillop Senior College opened offering a traditional HSC curriculum for students.
The Marian Hospitality Centre opened and the VOCOL Skills Centre Workshops upgraded in Acacia Avenue.
The second Year 7-10 school – St Paul’s High School was opened in Ocean Drive.
St Paul’s High School completed.
MacKillop Senior College MPC and extensions opened.
St Joseph’s Vocational College becomes the Australian Technical College.
The Australian Technical College is re-built in Boundary Street.
- The Australian Technical College becomes Newman Senior Technical College.
- Stage 1 is added to St Joseph’s Regional College.
- Relocation of St Joseph’s Regional College to College St, completing Stage 1-3.
- Stage 4 is added to St Joseph’s Regional College.
Stage 5 is added to St Joseph’s Regional College.
A Chapel has been built in a basement area adjacent to the Study Centre and Library.
A stage has been added to the College Hall and also tiered seating in the mezzanine area.
“Everything is to be oriented towards the Praise and Glory of God”
The St Agnes’ parish community strives to make our vision a reality by a commitment to: holiness in the image of Christ proclaim the good news of salvation minister within the faith community the service of all, particularly those in need.
In the context of actively supporting the vision and mission of St Agnes’ Catholic Parish Port Macquarie, we at the campuses of St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools will:
Promote an attitude of excellence among students and staff provide students with a catholic education in a caring, supportive and disciplined environment maintain the self- esteem of all students and staff by applying Christian values of love, kindness and understanding in all we do work with students and colleagues to maintain a professional and cohesive team, accepting responsibility for our personal and professional development and respecting one another’s dignity and self-worth at all times
In the context of actively supporting the vision and mission of the Lismore Diocese and St Agnes’ Parish, Port Macquarie, we at St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools will:
- provide students with a holistic education in the Catholic tradition;
- ensure that our educational endeavour is underpinned by a commitment to evangelisation, witness, worship, service and community;
- engage students in contemporary learning that will empower them;
- collaborate as teachers to ensure all students learn at a high level;
- promote excellence among students and staff;
- create school environments that are welcoming, caring, safe, supportive and well structured;
- promote partnerships and quality relationships based on the values taught by Jesus;
- maintain high standards in personal behaviour and professional conduct, and
- work together as a family of schools to ensure a united parish secondary schools’ endeavour.
Click here to Visit the St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools website
The Parish has 13,000 Catholics and an infrastructure that delivers services to the community covering the full spectrum of life. Thirty-six service areas, employing approximately 1000 staff and another 300 volunteers, provide services in ministry, education, childcare, aged care, family support, disability, employment and training.
Parish Priest: Father Leo Donnelly
Assistant Priest: Father Peter Wood
College Chaplain: Father Roland Agrisola
The Parish Presbytery Office is the co-ordinating centre for all pastoral activities within the parish. General enquiries regarding the parish should be directed to the Parish Office on 6583 1024 for requests regarding Baptisms, Weddings, Communion to the Sick and Funerals.
Catholic Care of the Aged (CCA) Port Macquarie has been committed to providing exceptional levels of aged care for many years. CCA provides a full range of residential aged care services as well as comprehensive community care.
The range of services include:
• Self Care: St Agnes’ Village at Lochinvar Place and Lourdes Village in Morton Street, Port Macquarie. Village units have either two or three bedrooms.
• Community Care: CCA have over twenty years’ experience in providing care to community clients wishing to remain living in their own homes.
• Residential Care: For residents who require assistance with daily activities, as well as frail and physically dependent residents requiring 24/7 nursing care. CCA also supplies care for residents with dementia and other cognitive impairment requiring specialised care in a secure environment, and Respite care for short term accommodation, at Maryknoll Hostel, St Agnes’ Hostel, Mt Carmel House, Emmaus, and Vincent Court, Kempsey.
Centacare is located in Bourne House. In keeping with the vision of St Agnes’ Parish, Centacare strives to promote an inclusive and supportive community, providing a high quality accessible service to empower individuals, couples and families to reach their full potential.
Centacare is actively involved in a number of economic, social and cultural community development projects to promote awareness and bring about a positive change that will build a stronger community.
The programs include:
• Disability Outreach Services
• Supported Accommodation
• Early Links
• Aboriginal Intensive Family Support Services (AIFSS)
• Community Lifestyle Support (CLS)
• Centacare Housing Program
• Transition to Work
• Community Options Program
• Employment Enablement Program
• Day Programs
• Kempsey Workpool
• Life Choices and Active Ageing
Education plays a major role in Parish activity with four pre-schools, three primary schools and three secondary schools, with 724 pre-schoolers, 3976 primary and secondary students.
The Parish Catholic school system:
• Contributes to the Church’s mission to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
• Offers the Catholic Community an educational foundation that develops the person – spiritually, physically, morally and emotionally.
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