Good Samaritan Catholic College
Good Samaritan Catholic College is a community committed to holistic education.
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Good Samaritan Catholic College is a diverse, dynamic community confident in the call to develop the gifts of love, justice, mercy, generosity and compassion through the education of young people. We embrace an educational partnership with home and parish which strives to foster compassionate action within our students in their life journey. As a Catholic College, we respond to Christ’s challenge to ‘become neighbour’ and move beyond one’s self, as modelled in the parable of the Good Samaritan. We do this by:
We guide our students to a discovery of the One True Living God through scripture, prayer, liturgy, tradition and parish communities by expanding the Good Samaritan parable so students encounter the real person of Christ.
Promoting Educational Excellence:
We empower students to reach their potential and become lifelong learners through the development of independent and creative thinking within a contemporary context.
Nurturing Individual Growth:
We acknowledge the individuality and dignity of all members of our community and value their gifts. We want all to embrace their uniqueness in God’s creation, to grow into the most full person possible and so with confidence become a light to the world.
Being a Samaritan:
We stir within students and all members of our community a choice to see the face of Christ in all people and be a Samaritan, by leading lives built upon love, justice, mercy, compassion and service.
Good Samaritan Catholic College was established in 1999 as a co-educational college and began with 99 Year 7 students. It has grown in size through the years and has a current enrolment in 7-12 of approximately 1300 students.
The College was officially Blessed and Opened on Sunday, 12th September 1999 by Bishop David Cremin.
The attached picture shows Br Kelvin Canavan and a group of our first student cohort in 1999.
The College was designed to be built in 5 stages. The building program was finalised on the 22nd September 2006. It comprises Administration/Staff Areas, General Learning Areas, a Science Block, Library, a Performing Arts Complex, Basketball/Tennis Courts and Technology & Applied Studies facilities.
Students come from the surrounding Parishes of Hoxton Park/Hinchinbrook, Austral and Lurnea. Feeder schools include St Therese Sadleir/Miller, St Francis Xavier, Lurnea and Good Shepherd Hoxton Park. The College population is made up of many different backgrounds, 75% of the population being from language backgrounds other than English.
The College Motto
Journeying with Compassion...
The College motto 'Journeying with Compassion' challenges the community to join together and journey in Catholic Education. A strong emphasis on pastoral care is a feature of the College, as is challenging each individual to achieve their personal best in all aspects of College life.
The College Crest
In "Journeying with Compassion", we live the Gospel message of Good Samaritan Catholic College. Our context in this journey is threefold:
We live in the Land of the Southern Cross. Therefore, we are able to journey with our neighbours who come from so many backgrounds; the Australian Aboriginal peoples as well as peoples from every country in the world. Within a context of such diversity we rightly pray, 'let us be one' (John 17:21)
Our second context is The Journey of the Cross. Our baptism calls us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus in all the circumstances of our daily living and learning. As a faith community, we believe not only in the power of the Cross, but also in the victory of the resurrection which awaits us all.
The hands reaching out provide our third context. They call to mind the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37) in which the good samaritan who chose to be "moved with compassion", acted as a real neighbour to the traveller who was left for dead. We always journey with others, and often with people who need a helping hand. Our situation at Good Samaritan Catholic College as a faith community, places us in a position to reach out to all, especially those within our community.