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Casimir Catholic College, Marrickville

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Not too many schools can boast that they have three strong traditions. Casimir, a co-educational multi-ethnic Catholic community, was named after an early Passionist parish priest who built up Catholic education in inner Sydney. The Good Samaritan Sisters and the De La Salle Brothers are the other arms of the educational mission there.

the wealth of the College’s charisms - “spiritually, socially, academically, culturally, rich with memories and great stories. The stories of our Founders make us rich and allow us to grow as people, and learn from the past”. Character and values from the school’s history “have helped to shape who we are”.

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan, was founded by Archbishop John Bede Polding, in 1857, to care with Christ’s compassion for the destitute and abused women of Sydney. The Australian “Good Sams” became involved with educating girls at St. Brigid’s School in Marrickville in the 1880’s. The Passionist Priests and Brothers were begun by the mystic Italian St. Paul of the Cross, so that by 1741, “Passionists” promoted the ‘living memory’ of Jesus’ sufferings. They conducted the Marrickville parish from 1887.

The De La Salle Brothers came in 1932 to teach the parish boys, and both girls and boys learnt in separate facilities in the schools built by Fr. Casimir by 1932. St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Church’s Patron of all Teachers, was inspired to train religious teachers for French schools from 1680. The Brothers’ Founder focused on children of “artisans and the poor”, developing an exceptional educational pedagogy, which was holistic in practice.

The three ‘charisms’ (Spirit -gifts, which are religious traditions) blended together, so that in 1983 Casimir College was formed as a co-educational Year 7 to 12 school.

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