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COVER FOR WEBSITEFor more than 160 years Catholic schools have been providing education for families in the Sandhurst Diocese with the first school opened on the Bendigo Goldfields in 1853.

Celebrating the Story documents the rich history of Catholic Education in the Sandhurst Diocese focusing on the past fifty years whilst acknowledging the remarkable pioneers of Catholic Education in whose steps we tread.

2014 marked the 140th anniversary since the establishment of the Sandhurst Diocese and forty years since the Catholic Education Office began. These significant milestones provide the catalyst for this book which is brought to life by personal accounts, historical records and retrospectives.

Celebrating the Story also documents important events that have occurred during the history of the Sandhurst Diocese and includes an honour roll listing the Bishops of Sandhurst, Priests, Religious Orders, Principals and a brief history of each Catholic school.

The story of Catholic Education in Sandhurst is a proud one, this book provides an opportunity for people to know their recent history, as well as honouring those who helped Catholic Education become what it is today.

A documentary celebrating the story of Catholic Education Sandhurst has been produced to animate this historical account. The audio-visual includes interviews which recall significant Sandhurst events that have occurred over the past fifty years and beyond. This visual record will be a valuable resource for schools and a wonderful recollection of the rich and vibrant history of Catholic Education in the Sandhurst Diocese.

The documentary can be viewed by clicking here

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