Principal's Blog

Each week, our Principal shares his reflections on learning in this Catholic community.


FAQ - Should Magdalene Catholic Collage become Magdalene Catholic College?

What does the word “college” mean?

While there are differing definitions, the term ‘college’, like ‘school’, refers to: “ an educational institution or establishment”. Why the possible change? While there may be similarities in terms of definitions and meanings between ‘school’ and ‘college’, often, it is the little things that can make a great difference. The notion of, or use of the word ‘college’, is often associated with the idea of quality and that is what Magdalene offers.

Now in our 20th Year, Magdalene is ready to “step up” and view ourselves with fresh eyes. Schools that do alter their name, often notice a visible lift in the way students regard themselves and the way they view their place of education. As Magdalene continues to develop its ‘Academic Care’, becoming a “College” would have multiple benefits for our students.

Increased use of the term ‘college’

Years ago CEO Wollongong was opposed to the notion of its schools being called ‘colleges’ but this viewpoint has now changed. All new secondary CEO schools developed have ‘college’ in their title, and, of the eight Diocesan secondary and one K-12 institution, four of them are ‘Colleges’. As we move into our 20th Year it is a great opportunity to strengthen our own self-perception.

Would a move to becoming a “College” change the governance of Magdalene?

No. Magdalene would remain a Diocesan school in the Wollongong Diocese.

Would a move to a “College” change or increase school fees?

No. Our name would have no impact on this.

Would a change to a “College” see Magdalene’s logo alter?

The only change would be in the actual name under the crest i.e. “Magdalene Catholic High School” would become “Magdalene Catholic College”.

If this change occurred, when would this happen?

If this proposal was successful, the timeframe to become a College would be at the start of 2019.

Would a change to a “College” result in a different uniform?

If there was a change, the name of the School under the crest would change on various items which contain the full crest, however, any future change to the style of the uniform would not be related. Any changes to these crests would be staggered over 2 to 3 years and students would not be required to purchase new uniform items in that time period.

Irrespective of a possible move to a “College”, it is important to note that the School and sports uniforms are currently under review for this year.




The Magdalene Parents and Friends Association would like to extend an invitation to our current and incoming families to be part of a new initiative aimed at strengthening community partnerships and supporting local business.

The Magdalene Community Business Directory will provide an opportunity to advertise your business, free of charge, to families and staff at Magdalene through a digital directory linked to our Parents and Friends portal on the school website.

We would love to hear from interested Magdalene families who would like to promote their products and services to the local community and encourage our wider Magdalene community to consider supporting these businesses where possible.

Inclusion in the Business Directory is voluntary, completely free of charge and open to all families with students attending the school. To list your business with us, please make initial contact with Michelle Cornett through our Parents and Friends email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to your support of this initiative and will work hard to get the Directory up and running for the start of the 2018 school year.

Best wishes for a happy, safe and holy Christmas and New Year break from the Magdalene P&F.


20 Year Celebration Dinner

As 2017 draws to a close, as a school we celebrate another significant year of academic, sporting and cultural successes. We also acknowledge a year of spiritual formation and connection through the joys and sorrows that we experience as a community.

When we resume our school year in 2018, it heralds a significant milestone for our community, 20 years of quality Catholic education.

Magdalene intend to celebrate this important year in our journey through a series of events that will both honour our history and display our optimism for the future.

The premier event in our calendar of celebrations will be our Gala Dinner to take place on the 18th May, 2018 at The Cube Function Centre at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

This exciting event will provide an opportunity for past and present members of our school community to honour 20 years of service to the students, staff and families who have formed the fabric of Magdalene Catholic Collage.

Over the Christmas and New Year break, we are requesting your assistance to begin to build the excitement of the coming celebrations. Not only do we ask you to 'save the date' of the Gala Dinner, we are hoping to make contact with as many Magdalene alumni as possible, to hear your stories, gather memorabilia and really connect as a community as we move into this significant year.

To register your interest, make contact to share your history or help us find some of our founding staff and students please email Michelle Cornett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will begin to form social media contact pages in 2018 and will keep you informed of the wonderful events that we have planned to Celebrate 20 Years of Magdalene. Looking forward to your support, Michelle Cornett The 20 Years Committee