The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) announced the formation of Catholic School Parents SA (CSPSA) as the new representative body of Catholic school parents in November 2020.
Prior to the announcement, the Commission engaged an independent reviewer to consult with parents in all Catholic schools to seek their feedback as to whether they felt they had an adequate voice in the education of their children and what kind of support they would like to see in the future.
“While acknowledging that the current structures have served parents and our school communities well in the past, the review recognised that parents and carers have busy lives and are looking for new ways to engage in and support the education of their children,” said Professor Denis Ralph, then Chair of the Commission.
In providing a voice for the parents and caregivers from the 101 Catholic Schools in South Australia, CSPSA is closely aligned with Catholic School Parents Australia. Catholic School Parents Australia is the national body representing and advocating for parents and carers of young people in Catholic schools across Australia and includes a broad representation of caregivers from South Australian Catholic schools.
As parents, we are the primary and continuing educators of children. It is recognised that there is a shared responsibility between parents and schools for the spiritual and social development of all students in our Catholic education system.
The objective for the newly formed CSPSA is to be an advocate for the families, parents and carers of children in Catholic schools, Catholic early learning centres and pre-schools.
We believe that school and family collaboration is essential to successful spiritual, academic and developmental growth.
Our objective is for all children to have the opportunity to access a quality education that allows each child to reach his or her potential.
CSPSA aims to build an environment where parents can be empowered to take an active role as the primary educators of their children.
The organisation will support this empowerment by providing resources, education and support to assist all families and parents in this role.