Nowhere in the world is there a Catholic School system similar to Australia’s with over 20% of all children in the nation attending Catholic Schools. There are over 1,700 Catholic Schools across Australia offering holistic education based on the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Red Bend Catholic College Forbes
Red Bend Catholic College is a co-educational day and boarding school in Forbes. Red Bend has a proud heritage. Prior to 1977, the Catholic education of students in this region was provided by three secondary schools: Our Lady of Mercy College, Forbes; Our Lady of Mercy High School, Parkes; and Marist Brothers’ College, Forbes.
In February 1977, the three schools combined to form one co-educational high school, called Red Bend Catholic College, at the site of the former Marist Brothers’ College on the banks of the Lachlan River. This merger, as symbolised on the College crest, brought together the great teaching traditions of the Mercy Sisters and the Marist Brothers.
Since that time, the College has expanded in numbers, in teaching areas, and in facilities. The boarding residences, the swimming pool, the multi-purpose hall and performing arts centre, and the design and technology centre have complemented the strong characteristic features of the main College building.
These days the College educates 740 students and offers 150 boarding places. Red Bend Catholic College will hold their annual Open Day on Sunday, 11th March from 11am to 2pm. Guided tours will be running on the day and prospective families will have the chance to meet the principal and staff. For more information call the College on 6852 2000.
Holy Family Primary School Parkes
Holy Family is one of five primary schools in Parkes and has a student population of 303, and a teaching staff of 20 with 11 support staff.
During Catholic Schools Week the school will run a book fair from Wednesday, 7th March to Friday, 9th March. On Friday, 9th March the week is concluded with several activities including a whole school mass at 9:45am, shared recess with family and friends from 11 to 11:30am, open classrooms from 11:30am to 12:30pm and assembly at 2:45pm. For more information call the school on 6862 1610.