Sunday 29 January marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. The purpose of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Catholic schools make to our local communities and society in general. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Christ’s Living Body Active in our World.

Catholic schools consist of pupils, staff members, parents, school management and patrons. They form a vital part of the local community. The proverb says “it takes a whole village to rear a child” and in its own way each school mirrors the local community in its nurturing concern for its pupils. Share the Good News, the national directory for catechesis, sets out the place of the school in the local context. The school and its teachers support parents and their parish in the Christian initiation of children.

For further information and useful resources, check out If your school or parish has plans for Catholic Schools Week, please share this news with the diocesan community.  You can send an email or photos to