Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) is responsible for the governance and operation of approximately 300 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. We employ over 16,000 teaching and non-teaching staff, who serve more than 112,000 students.
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Every student is inspired and enabled …’
I am personally encouraged by the tremendous witness Catholic school teachers give to the person of Christ Jesus every day, and their creativity and commitment to excellence in a complex time like the present.
Especially to our teachers and principals, I want to entrust our common work for the strategy ahead, my prayer and trust in your faithfulness, and the conviction that faith, hope and love are available to every student in your care, in partnership with their parents, families and faith communities.
Most Reverend Peter A Comensoli
Archbishop of Melbourne
I am delighted to present MACS 2030: Forming Lives to Enrich the World.
MACS has inherited a rich legacy thanks to those who have come before us. We have an incredible network of schools, achieve strong educational outcomes and are well known for our pastoral care of students.
However, Catholic education faces considerable headwinds. MACS 2030 lays the foundations to meet these challenges and sustain Catholic education well into the future.
Parents are increasingly looking for a more holistic approach to education – one that is focused on development of the ‘whole person’. This aligns strongly with the distinctive promise of Catholic education.
Ultimately this is about staying faithful to our purpose: ‘Forming lives of faith, hope and love in the light of Jesus Christ’, so that we may make our vision: ‘Every student is inspired and enabled to flourish and enrich the world’ a reality.
At its heart, MACS 2030 lays down strategies and initiatives for us to do this. But they are only words on a page without the people who will put them into practice. So I hope you will join me and the broader MACS community to come together and seize this opportunity.
It is a great privilege to introduce the MACS 2030 strategy.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved in its development, including school leaders and staff, students and parents, parish priests, the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, and our MACS board and office staff. We value your contribution and commitment to the design and development of this work, and look forward to partnering with you in its delivery.
Our MACS 2030 purpose: ‘Forming lives of faith, hope and love in the light of Jesus Christ’ and vision: ‘Every student is inspired and enabled to flourish and enrich the world’ motivate us to work collaboratively to provide the very best Catholic education to each and every student within our schools.
MACS 2030 will harness and build on the collective passion and commitment of our staff, schools, offices and faith communities − and I am excited to work together to make our purpose and vision a lived reality.
Dr Edward Simons
Acting Executive Director