Red Bend Catholic College
Red Bend Catholic College is a co-educational day and boarding school situated in Forbes. Red Bend has a proud heritage. Prior to 1977, the Catholic education of students in this region was provided by three secondary schools; Our Lady of Mercy College, Forbes; Our Lady of Mercy High School, Parkes; and Marist Brothers’ College, Forbes.
In February 1977, these three schools combined to form one co-educational high school, with the name of Red Bend Catholic College. Since that time, the college has expanded in numbers, in teaching areas and in facilities. The boarding residences, the swimming pool, the Multi-Purpose Hall and Performing Arts Centre, and the Design and Technology Centre have complemented the strong characteristic features of the main college building.
These days the College educates 740 students and offers 150 boarding places.
Red Bend Catholic College will hold their annual Open Day on Sunday, 10th March from 10am to 1pm. Guided tours will be running on the day. For more information call 6852 2000.
Diocese Celebrates Catholic Schools Week
Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese invites everyone to see first-hand the many good things happening in their 18 parish schools during Catholic Schools Week from the 3rd to 10th March. ‘Seeking the True, the Beautiful and the Good’ is the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week and Director of Mission and Religious Education, Dr Gerard O’Shea explains the meaning behind the tagline.
“Any sound education must pay close attention to the needs of the person being educated. Since the time of Plato and Aristotle, the consensus about the deepest desire of the human heart – the search for the True, the Beautiful and the Good. The integrated pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness underpins everything of value that our school system offers,” said Gerard.
He said that those who work in Catholic schools, whether or not they belong to the Catholic faith, share this perspective in virtue of their common humanity. “In presenting the religious dimension of a Catholic school, there are further dimensions to be added. Truth will lead us to a truth beyond our intellectual capabilities – faith. Beauty will be perfected by the incomparable harmony and perfection to be found in God – it is the wellspring of hope. Human goodness will be enabled by God to go beyond itself to the most perfect kind of supernatural love,” he said.
Director of Catholic Education, Anthony Gordon said, “Catholic Schools Week is one of the most exciting weeks of the year. Our schools share with their local communities the wonderful learning that is taking place. It is also an opportunity for the community to see the strong values that are offered to each student in a Catholic school.”
“Our dedicated teachers have the opportunity of demonstrating that the best contemporary teaching that personalises learning for each of our students is occurring in our classrooms. The use of technology to assist student learning is also a feature of our schools with every student having access to a Chromebook.”
“Our schools are looking forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible next week and I encourage all parents, grandparents and members of the community to see all the good things happening in their local Catholic school,” said Anthony.