Visit a Catholic school and see the difference


Catholic schools across Gippsland and Melbourne’s outer south east will open their doors to the community to celebrate Catholic Education Week 2023 from 19 May to 26 May.


This is a chance for everyone to witness the vibrant faith and learning environments in their local Catholic Schools with Open Days, activities and events planned.


Mr Paul Velten, Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale, said Catholic Education Week was an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements of Catholic schools and to highlight the inspiring activities taking place in Catholic schools every day.


“This year’s theme is, Catholic Schools- Places of Encounter. ‘Let the Words You Speak Always Be Full of Grace,’ based on the Bible Scripture, Colossians 4:6.

“This message reflects our commitment to promoting kindness, respect, and compassion in our schools and communities. Catholic schools are more than just buildings where students come to learn. They are Places of Encounter where students can grow academically, spiritually and personally.”

“The ‘Speak with Grace‘ theme aims to encourage students and school communities to use their words to build up others, to speak out against injustice, and to spread love and hope in the world.“

The official launch of Catholic Education Week will take place with a Leadership Mass and Dinner on Friday 19 May in Traralgon. During the evening several awards will be presented including the ‘Spirit of Catholic Education Awards.’  These important awards are peer-nominated and acknowledge staff who are making an outstanding contribution to the life of their school community.

Mr Velten said many things have changed in education in recent years and over decades but the dedication of Catholic teachers and staff focused on nurturing each child’s potential and to inspire faith and inspire learning remains at the core.’’


“Our Catholic schools strive to be welcoming, supportive and inclusive places where children can thrive.”


Schools across the Diocese extend an invitation to families and members of the community to visit an Open Day or event at a Catholic school in their local area and see the Catholic education difference.


The Diocese of Sale covers 38 Catholic primary schools and seven Catholic secondary schools educating almost 20,000 students and employing more than 3,000 staff. The Diocese spans a geographic area from Melbourne’s outer south east suburbs from Narre Warren and Cranbourne, to Wonthaggi and Philip Island in the south, and right throughout Gippsland to Orbost in the east.

For tours and enrolment information, contact a Catholic school in your local area or go to:  

Media Inquiries:

Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited, Media and Communications team

0417 534 232

Here's how we celebrated last year in 2022.....

Catholic Education Week 2022

May 27 - June 3 

‘Spread the Good News’

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Sale will celebrate Catholic Education Week from May 27 to June 3, 2022

Catholic Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the ethos of Catholic schools and highlight the inspiring life of Catholic schools today.

The Diocese of Sale covers 38 Catholic primary schools and seven Catholic secondary schools in south east Victoria from Narre Warren and Cranbourne in the west, Wonthaggi and Philip Island in the south, to Orbost in the east.

Ms Maria Kirkwood, Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sale said Catholic Schools were flourishing as more families looked for an affordable, quality, faith-based education for their children:

“After two years of COVID disruptions punctuated by lockdowns, remote learning and social distancing, our schools are looking forward to celebrating their achievements through activities, events, and open days following COVID-safe guidelines.”

“This year’s theme for Catholic Education Week, is ‘Go out into the world and spread the Good News to all creation’, from the Gospel of Mark 16:15, and our schools are currently living this call in many ways.” 

“The Good News theme is a call for all members of a school community to enact a vision for a better world, one where people can live in harmony with each other and with, in response to the call of Pope Francis, the environment.”


“The theme also reflects the core purpose of Catholic education which is to nurture the potential of each child, and develop their knowledge and skills to become compassionate and contributing members of society.”


“I hope that staff, students, families and parishes enjoy this special time and that our schools continue to be places where children are able to reach their full potential.


“Catholic Education Week is a highlight of the year for the Diocese of Sale, as the broader Catholic education community comes together to celebrate our Catholic identity and unique mission,” Ms Kirkwood said.