Strength of character matters at St Benedict's Catholic College

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SCHOOL PRIDE: Josh Katz presents an Olympic flag to the college to acknowledge former student Courtney Schonell, a member of the Junior Olympic Hockey team.

SCHOOL PRIDE: Josh Katz presents an Olympic flag to the college to acknowledge former student Courtney Schonell, a member of the Junior Olympic Hockey team.

St Benedict's Catholic College was established almost 10 years ago to cater for the growing number of Catholics in the Camden, Oaks and Picton areas.

The school was originally situated within the Mt Carmel School in Varroville and moved to its current site at Catherine Park in 2013 where an educational precinct was formed with St Justin's Primary School.

Students come from the Highlands, all suburbs in the Camden LGA and north to Leppington and the co-educational campus caters for Years 7 to 12.

Principal Michael Hanratty said the college site covered 16 acres of classroom and specialist teaching areas, along with a new creative and performing arts centre, playing fields, multi-purpose basketball courts, a prayer garden and mindfulness labyrinth.

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"A modern purpose-built hall is currently at the development stage and we look forward to that coming on line over the next 18 months," Mr Hanratty said.

He said the college mission was based on the Benedictine values. "Our mantra of 'Something To Strive For and Nothing to Run From' is the guiding principle of how we manage our relationships and conduct ourselves as a community," Mr Hanratty said.

"The college is a member of the Australian Positive Education Schools Coalition, using strength-based approaches to education and a focus on building character. Our STRIVE model is based on the work of psychologist Martin Seligman with a focus on helping all students not just go through the motions but to flourish."

The school cater for students of all abilities with their high performance program for learning specialties and enrichment and their McKillop Gold program for those with a range of different learning needs.

Mr Hanratty said the school offered a broad range of subjects across K-12, including a dedicated work readiness strand of TAFE accredited courses.

The school has already produced one Olympian in hockey and Australian representatives. Students participate in the Macarthur Independent Schools Association Sporting competition.

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