Living This Vision

It is in its daily organisation and operation that the Federation of Catholic Regional College demonstrates its commitment to this vision. From a basis of mutual respect and understanding, each College stands as an independent unit connected to a larger whole.

The Parish Priests of the nine feeder parishes which the Federation serves are appointed Canonical Administrators under the chairmanship of Bishop Mark Edwards and Deputy chair Fr Maurie Cooney. The College operates under the governance of a single College Council. This Council draws membership from the nine Parish Priests, the five Principals, accountants, consultants and parish reps together with the REC rep and Business manager. A single Finance Committee oversees the financial operations of the College and reports to the Council. Commitment to the vision of mutual support is demonstrated in financial arrangements which ensure that the burden of each college is not onerous.

The five College Principals meet with Fr Cooney every week to consider matters of mutual interest and to offer support to each other. Curriculum issues are raised at the Federation Board of Studies which provides a forum for discussion across years 7-12. This group also ensures that provision is made for the Key Learning Area Co-ordinators at each College to meet regularly.

In addition to the formal organisational structures, the College also facilitates a spirit of collegiality and a sense of connectedness through regular gatherings of all staff.

During Catholic Education week all staff in the federation come together at Eucharist, to celebrate and strengthen our common identity. Other combined sporting and academic interactions include the LOTE overseas trips; VCE study for year 10 students at Sydenham, and Liturgical activities, and Intercampus professional development.

More than 3500 students and 400 staff currently find themselves as part of the Catholic Regional College community. It is our hope that, in our history, vision and life, they will find a unique community of faith; one which teaches, proclaims and lives the Eucharist in all it does.