St Benedict's College, Camden
In response to the enormous number of young families in the Camden local government area with teenagers seeking Catholic secondary education, a second Catholic high school within the parish opened in 2011 with an initial intake for Year 7; 2012 added Year 8.
Principal: Mr Michael Hanratty
Macquarie Grove Road Camden
Postal: PO Box 805, Camden NSW 2570
Tel: 02 4651 3000
Fax: 02 9603 1339
This new Catholic high school is planned from 2012 to be positioned adjacent to the site on Oran Park Drive which has been acquired for the development of St Justin's Oran Park. St Benedict's is already operating at Mount Carmel Varroville with Year 7 and Year 8. The geography of the area is most agreeable, with the site strategically positioned among various estates now experiencing rapid urban development.There are sweeping rural views from some parts of the site and a feeling that much of the property will be ideal for construction, pedestrain movement and traffic flow.
The new Catholic high school will be systemic within the Diocese of Wollongong. It will, therefore, quickly come to share many of the policies, qualities and characteristics of other systemic high schools in the diocese, the nearest being Magdalene.
As a Catholic high school, religious education will be an integral part of the curriculum, and local clergy will have a presence according to availability. Generally, the sacraments will be available to students at various times of the year, but more especially for Mass at the beginning of the school year, on or around the Feast Day and towards the end of the year in thanksgiving. Large family celebrations of Mass - at times of graduation, for instance - would be held in St Paul's parish church.
Bishop Peter Ingham, through the Catholic Education Office, has committed a most substantial volume of resources to ensure that the school will have solid start and a strong foundation in religious values and intellectual formation. Sport and other cultural activities will be embraced quite quickly.
The school has begun in 2011 with 75 students and is projected to grow year-by-year to a full six-stream school with more than 1,000 students. In the words of Bishop Peter Ingham “We are excited to provide Catholic Secondary Education in this rapidly growing part of the Diocese of Wollongong".