I was baptised and confirmed in to the Church of England (Anglican) religion and would describe myself as an agnostic now – but I sent my 3 children to Catholic Secondary Schools (Years 7-12).
There are about 9,600 schools in Australia (not many – but then our population is only just about 21 million). Of those schools 72% are Government (State) schools, 18% are Catholic and 11% are ONG (other non-Government schools which includes private schools, Montessori etc, and religious, other than Catholic).
There are 2,271,000 Government school students and 1,122,000 non-Government school students; 170,000 non-Catholic children attend Catholic schools.
When my eldest son was ready to attend Year 7 there were two reasons we considered the Catholic school system
1. Our local state high school did not have a good reputation and 2. we thought he could do without the distraction of girls!! Once he was in the system it was easy to have the siblings follow.
So, the Locksmith and the Economist attended Holy Cross College (which they affectionately referred to as Holy Shit College), an all boys school with lovely old traditional buildings on massive grounds:
In horror movies "evil" crows are always seen around churches, steeples etc.. Here we have them at the school!
The Princess attended Marist Sisters' College Woolwich – an all girls school. The Catholic Church owns considerable valuable land in prime locations and the college is an example of this …. it sits overlooking the Lane Cove River at Hunters Hill just before the river enters Sydney Harbour. The front of the school:
The back of the school with its view over the river:
Honestly I would have found it hard to concentrate when the windows overlook such a tranquil sight…