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Role of Catholic schools marked

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/05/2016

The role the Catholic Church plays in educating about 66,000 students is being celebrated on Catholic Schools Day.

The church's chief executive of schools, Paul Ferris, says the church has a long tradition in education, with the first formal places of learning offered in the Middle Ages.

"Today, the Catholic school is at the heart of the church's mission and is an important part of preparing young people to participate in a complex world where religious belief is often less valued."

Integrated Catholic primary and secondary schools are a partnership between the state and the church, he says.

"Over the past 41 years they have built a reputation for being excellent schools because of their aspiration for excellence and their care for the whole child," he says.

About 66,000 children attend Catholic schools throughout the country and they will mark Catholic Schools Day on Monday in various ways.

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