Today we welcomed 16 new Family Educators into the Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) family.

“It’s really exciting to actually have all our primary schools – bar three – with a Family Educator now,” SCS’ Educator Officer: Church Engagement, Bernadette Bridle, said.

“They’re all really eager and excited to start. We have such a diverse group of FEs that bring a variety of gifts and perspectives to this role.”

“They’re coming in during a challenging time, during COVID,” added Ms Bridle’s peer, Elsa Manu. “We’re also very excited to have a male presence among the Family Educators.”

Ivica Kovac joins Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School Earlwood as its Family Educator.

“It feels like somewhat of a calling,” Mr Kovac said.

“I’m trying to be open to God’s will” – Ivica Kovac

The Family and Faith program is an initiative of Sydney Catholic Schools, and new Family Educator Michelle Thompson is secretly hoping the program will be extended to other Dioceses.

“I learnt about the whole program from friends,” Ms Thompson said.

Family Educators liaise between our school and parish communities, working on and creating invitational events, information sessions and activities that aim to:

  • connect families with the religious life of the school and the parish;
  • provide further support to families in the development of their child – spiritually, socially and educationally;
  • promote Catholic mission and identity;
  • promote a welcoming, vibrant faith community.

Qualities needed in a Family Educator are: Deep, genuine faith; a willingness to serve; a real ‘yes’ attitude; and a passion to evangelise.