Catholic Education is celebrating 200 years in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first Catholic school established in Parramatta in October 1820. A national theme, “Faith in the Future” has been developed for the celebrations. The theme reflects the core purpose of Catholic education to form students in their faith, and to provide an education that enables our graduates to make a meaningful contribution to the world. At Marist Regional College, we are part of this story. 

Over 200 years, Catholic schools have grown to become the largest provider of schooling in Australia (outside government) with one in five school age students attending a Catholic school. 

This represents 777,000 students in 1,755 schools across the country and employing over 100,000 teachers and staff. 

Nearly 40 per cent of Catholic schools are located outside of metropolitan cities in regional, rural and remote communities. 

Catholic students from across Australia have joined together in a video performance of the national song ‘Faith in the Future’ – it’s worth the watch! Words and music by Fr Rob Galea/Luke Batterbury. Copyright 2021 Fr Rob Galea. 

Mrs Emily Sass 

Director of Faith & Ministry