The small staff of the Directorate supports the Director of Catholic Schools who is based in Lismore. The Director reports to the Bishop and the Catholic Schools Council. The Director is supported by an Executive, consisting of the three Assistant Directors from the service teams.
For many years, the CSO has had in place a well-resourced, system-wide approach to supporting parent-school partnership, while encouraging schools to implement initiatives in ways that work best at the local level. Given most of the CSO schools are parish-based, these initiatives incorporate a parent-school-parish perspective.
The CSO has contracted the services of Southern Cross University to assist its current review of parent/school partnership initiatives across the Lismore Diocese. This research will investigate Principals’, parents’ and priests’ views of parent-school partnership across the Lismore Diocese, including the strengths and limitations of current initiatives intended to promote such partnership. The findings will help inform future planning and monitoring of culture change processes aimed at improving the quality of Catholic education, including in respect to parent-school partnership. In addition, the research will identify existing national and international evidence about parental partnership – what works, why and how – to assist the CSO with future planning.
We warmly welcome parents’ participation in this project. Click for more information.