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About the CSO

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The Diocese of Lismore stretches along the coastal strip of New South Wales from Tweed Heads in the north to Laurieton in the south and west to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The Catholic Schools Office provides a range of services to support approximately 2,500 staff in 46 vibrant and dynamic school communities that serve more than 18,500 students (February 2020).

Under the pastoral leadership of the Bishop of Lismore, the Most Reverend Greg Homeming OCD, we work together to support schools to provide faith-filled, inclusive and caring environments that allow young people to grow in their faith and better understand the mission of Jesus Christ. This is achieved through Religious Education, faith formation, liturgical celebrations, sacramental programs, pastoral care and support.

Genuine partnerships with parents, parish priests, principals and school communities actively support our Catholic schools in educating students. Our Catholic schools offer rich, deep and varied learning experiences to our students so they may achieve a fullness of life.

The Catholic Schools Office assists schools to build teaching and leadership capabilities in communities of professional educators who share responsibility for school improvement and for achieving the best outcomes for our students.