Our Catholic Identity

Catholic Ethos

Fundamental to a Catholic College is the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ and the role of the church to give life and expression to this faith. This faith in a Catholic College is understood as that which is lived in the shadow of the Cross, implying that one lives one’s life committed to the Gospels’ values of compassion, forgiveness and justice.

These values are lived and supported in the College community. This community seeks in a practical way to serve others through pastoral support of students and through its Religious Education curriculum and service activities to educate how to be people who serve others.

The Religious Education program of the College is a compulsory component of the academic life of the College as its content and practice lead students and staff in ways to understand the life and history of the Church. It enlightens all about their responsibility as future citizens of the world to demonstrate how to live the values of Jesus in a down-to-earth and practical way. It is all done in the spirit of our Patron St Francis de Sales to gently evangelise and transform the lives of all associated in our College community.

The College seeks to educate our young people in various traditions and religious perspectives to demonstrate our commitment to build a loving, just and service-oriented community.

Heart Values

In 2009, we consulted with the valued members of our College community to develop a series of heart values, which are now embedded into every part of the College.

Known as College Heart Values, they drive our commitment to excellence in learning and life. The Heart Values are:

  • Faith
  • Perseverance
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Wisdom
  • Justice

Our Heart Value focus for 2024 is Wisdom.

“How much better to gain wisdom than gold; to gain insight rather than silver.” (Proverbs 16:16)