About Us

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At Catholic School Parents Victoria we know that wellbeing is central to a positive education. Children thrive when they feel cared for, supported and important.

Catholic School Parents Victoria (CSPV) supports parents and families to stay connected throughout a child’s school journey.  We advocate for parent engagement at all levels of catholic education, helping to bring the voices of parents to the decision makers, and completing the circle of support for students.

We believe that as the first educators in a child’s life, parents offer a unique understanding and insight into each child’s abilities, strengths and challenges.  Over the years, as children move through primary and secondary school, parents may feel they should step aside and let the next wave of educators take the reins.  However, evidence shows that children whose parents stay connected throughout the primary and secondary school years and engage in that learning journey, enjoy greater wellbeing and success.

What we do

We then take the information we receive and share through our various channels and, at a Catholic system and state level, advocate for parent voice to be considered in decision making and planning in Catholic education.  We continue to build strong relationships with leaders in Catholic education and across other government agencies so that we remain up to date with what is current and what the future holds in education for your children.
CSPV is a valuable resource that schools can draw upon to build parent engagement and knowledge in their school amongst the parent community. 

We share an understanding of the system, provide first-hand insight into families and current concerns and we are equally committed to the Catholic ethos and values of families in choosing a Catholic education for their children.

Ultimately, we know, and five decades of research clearly states, that when schools and families work together in partnership, guided by the Catholic ethos, children thrive, schools improve and Catholic communities’ flourish.

CSPV connect family perspectives with school communities and decision makers in Catholic education to complete the circle of support needed for students to thrive in Catholic education.

As champions of family-school partnerships and parent engagement in their children’s learning and development, CSPV is a valuable resource for schools to gather the voice of parents and provide resources and information to help support and guide their children through their learning journey.

Parent engagement can look and feel different for every family, so we support parents in a variety of ways to:

  1. stay informed about relevant issues
  2. have a say on important issues
  3. lead effective parent engagement in schools

Each year we gather data through online surveys, host webinars, meetings and events with guest speakers on current topics and work with our team of parent member delegates and a Parent Representative in each school across Victoria to build greater connection and engagement between the parent community in schools, the Catholic education system and Victorian government. Whilst we don’t provide individual support to parents or intervene in individual situations, we do invite parents to join our events, webinars, meetings and database, share their feedback, receive information and complete our surveys.

For further information, please download our CSPV introduction booklet to learn more about CSPV.



Mr Matthew Williams Chair

Matthew Williams


Rachel Saliba

Executive Officer


CECV Representative


Michael Bourne

Co-opted Member Representing Primary School Principals

Member Delegates

Matt Shanahan

CSPV Parent Member Delegate for Sandhurst

CSPV Parent Member Delegate for Melbourne

Yvette Mohan

CSPV Parent Member Delegate for Melbourne

Bernard Lewis

CSPV Parent Member Delegate for Melbourne


Drew Parkinson

CSPV Parent Member Delegate for Melbourne

School Representatives

Please find below schools who have nominated a parents representatives for their school. If you school is not listed here, please click on the link below to learn how to nominate a parent representative for your school.

St Thomas the Apostle School, Blackburn

St Simon’s School, Rowville

Christian Brothers’ College, SEC, St Kilda East

Avila College, Mount Waverley

Aquinas College, Ringwood

St Anne’s Secondary College, Kialla

St Mary’s School, Williamstown

St Patrick’s School, Nhill

St Mary’s School, Dandenong

Star of the Sea College, Brighton


St Patrick’s Primary School, Kilmore


Our Lady Help of Christians School


St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School


Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School

Padua College, SEC, Mornington


St Mary’s School, Whittlesea


St Mary’s School, Rushworth

Mazenod College Victoria

St Thomas More’s School, Mount Eliza


St Paul’s Kealba Catholic School, Kealba

Sacred Heart School, PR, Oakleigh

Sacred Heart Newport


Marymede Catholic College


St Mary’s School, Inglewood

St Patrick’s School, Gordon

St Mary Magdalen’s School, Chadstone

St Thomas More’s School, Hadfield

St Ignatius College Geelong, Drysdale

Genazzano FCJ College, SEC, Kew