Parents are the first educators of their children and have the obligation and the right to ensure an adequate education, consistent with their beliefs and values.


Once a child becomes a member of the Catholic Church through Baptism the parents and the Church have a commitment towards its new member. One of the obligations is to give the child the opportunity to be educated as a Catholic. Traditionally in Australia, the majority of baptised children have been given this formation through Catholic schooling. In this way, the Church exercises its commitment and responsibility. While the majority of places in Catholic Schools are filled by Catholic students there are at times places for non-Catholics who are willing to support the Catholic ethos.

"Catholic education is based on an educational philosophy in which faith, culture and life are brought into harmony. Of its nature, the Catholic school guides men and women to achieve human and Christian perfection and helps them to become mature in their faith,”1. Thus the Catholic school is not simply an alternative to a Government school. It is different because it is Catholic: it must offer the authentic Catholic vision. “A Catholic school cannot relinquish its own freedom to proclaim the Gospel and to offer a formation based on the values to be found in a Christian education. This is its right and its duty.”2. It is to be expected that Catholic schools implement enrolment policies that ensure a high proportion of Catholic students in the school.


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St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
90 Kees Road
Victoria 3212
Tel: (03) 5282 1415
Fax: (03) 5282 2142