Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools

Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne represents the fourth largest education system in Australia, operating in the third largest Catholic diocese in the world. Catholic education contributes to the Church’s education mission and promotes a view of the individual and the community centred on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) works in partnership with Catholic schools to provide an educational foundation that develops the whole person within a school environment imbued with Christian values. Through a range of direct services, MACS assists Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to become schools of first choice for Catholic families.

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd provides a wide range of advice and services for schools, teachers and members of the Catholic education community.

St Leonard’s is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS). MACS governs and operates 292 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them. Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures. More information on MACS is available at

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