by MICHAEL OTTO
Catholic secondary schools have once again received high praise in Metro magazine’s annual “Best schools in Auckland” feature.
McAuley High School in Otahuhu is particularly lauded, and is, in Metro editor Simon Young’s opinion, a leading candidate for best school in the city.
McAuley was streets ahead of other decile one schools in Auckland in terms of overall University
Entrance pass percentage from 2010 to 2014.
Mr Young wrote that “ … Catholic schools know the value of an integrated approach to schooling
that engages the whole family”.
“The community raises the child.
“While many other schools also understand this, church schools have a head start in making it happen because the church is already part of family life.
“There are shared values, shared experiences and frequent regular opportunities for church and school to reinforce it all.”
Mr Young also noted that Catholic schools say “it is about the faith”.
“The challenge they pose to state schools, which must get by without religious belief, is to learn from all the other things Catholic schools do well.
“Their holistic commitment to students and their families is an object lesson for all schools.”
The magazine noted that the fees at Catholic schools are much higher than at state schools, but at the same time are only about a third of what parents would face at a private school.
The magazine ran a separate feature titled “In God’s Name” with its annual schools item.
This seven page item covered three schools — McAuley, Baradene and St Peter’s.
This article also noted that Catholic schools sit well above the national averages in all levels of NCEA.