I am pleased to present you with the 2012 Annual Report for the Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM). For the first time, this report is being published online only. The 2012 report aligns Catholic education's key activities, celebrations and achievements of our students, teachers, schools and the CEOM, with the five key action areas outlined in the 2011–2015 Directions for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
More families than ever chose a Catholic education in 2012, with 146,379 students enrolled in primary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The
total increase in enrolments constituted over 37% of new enrolments in all
Victorian schools in 2012. On average from 2010 to 2012, Catholic schools have
enrolled 51% of all new enrolments in Victorian schools.
In 2012 the CEOM continued to take a key leadership role on behalf of Catholic school communities in negotiations with the Australian and Victorian Governments on the level of funding provided to Catholic schools. This was focused on the Australian Government’s Review of Funding for Schooling - the Gonski Review.
I am grateful to all priests and religious, principals, staff and families in our Catholic school communities, and the CEOM staff who support them, for their ongoing commitment to Catholic education and the young people entrusted to our care.
Celebrating the Year of Grace and the Year of Faith in 2012 gave us opportunities to deepen our faith in Jesus. Inspired and strengthened by this faith our community was able to work together to build the future of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Stephen ElderExecutive Director of Catholic Education
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