Leading Catholic Schools has two main purposes in mind. The first
is to guide the professional learning and development of aspiring leaders and to
encourage teachers to consider movement into leadership positions. The second is
to unite Catholic schools around a vision of agreed leadership practices – ‘the
standards’ – and to provide a foundation for formalised assessment against these
This book looks briefly at the story of Catholic schools in
Australia. In the process of doing so it explores secularisation, culture,
community, and charism and identity, before re-examining the mission of Catholic
schools and leadership. Servant leadership is explained and explored in detail,
as is the very important topic of formation for leadership.
Catholic Schools is a book that will equip you and your community with the
tools to ensure the most effective Catholic school education. It is a
contemporary approach guided by both history, life, and education in the modern
world, and the resources available to the Church in its mission to educate.
Above all, it is a scholarly approach grounded in the earliest teachings of the