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We aspire to excellence in learning and success for all

A Whole Community Approach

At Nazareth Catholic Community, learning is holistic, inclusive, life-giving and lifelong. We nurture a culture of achievement and personal excellence underpinned by strong leadership, high expectations, high quality teaching and learning, continuous improvement and strong home, school and community engagement. 

We recognise each person's inherent capabilities and potential and strive for success for all. 

In partnership with families, we foster in all learning environments the attitudes and behaviours that lead to excellence. Nazareth's Five Habits of Excellence are all attitudes and behaviours observed in students who achieve excellence in their educational outcomes. 

Our Access to Success approach ensures the diverse learning needs of all students are identified and addressed. 

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Success at Every Level

Success at Nazareth goes further than our excellent academic outcomes. Our students graduate knowing they have been encouraged to realise their full potential and inspired to be people of justice committed to influencing positive change.  

We are proud of the positive and successful educational outcomes of Nazareth graduates.

For 12 consecutive years, every Nazareth student has successfully completed the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SACE). 

In 2021, highlights included: 

  • 100% SACE completion for the 12th consecutive year
  • 26 subject merits were awarded to 17 students across a variety of subjects
  • 29 students received an ATAR over 90 
  • 35.5% of results in the A grade band
  • Congratulations to Thomas Frew 2021 College Dux with an ATAR of 99.80 with 2 Merits


Leaders in Family Engagement

We are a community that has committed to a whole of school approach to strengthen family engagement in learning and the life of the school community. 

At Nazareth school leaders set out to partner with families to create a culture of excellence by adopting the Nazareth Five Habits of Excellence as a ‘roadmap’ to success.

The systematic integration of the Five Habits of Excellence as a driver for success, relies on a strong partnership with families to promote the habits and a shared responsibility between home and school to support all learners – from the early years to senior secondary – to practice these habits to realise their full potential. 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” - Aristotle

At Nazareth we value high expectations and success for all, and we strive to sustain a culture of excellence and continuous improvement in learning for all within Nazareth Catholic Community.  

The Nazareth 5 Habits of Excellence were introduced in 2012 by Dr Neil McGoran, past Principal and current Director of Catholic Education South Australia. Research was conducted to identify common traits in students who continuously demonstrate excellence and are successful in their endeavours. The results have forged our excellency framework. 

From Reception to Year 12, the 5 Habits are explicitly taught and practised. At the Secondary College, students who demonstrate their ability to uphold the Habits of Excellence throughout the year are awarded with a ‘Gold Nazareth Award’ on their end of Semester reports.

The 5 Habits of Excellence are outlined below:


  1. Attendance
    • ​​Successful schools begin by engaging students and ensuring they come to school regularly. According to The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc, students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not.
  2. Punctuality
    • ​​Punctuality promotes learning and reduces disruption. It is respectful, reflects attitude and is an important trait required by employers.
  3. Application
    • Generally, a good application includes such things as being prepared for lessons, attending well, contributing to ideas, avoiding distracting behaviour and starting work quickly.

      Research shows that student application is a predictor of student performance (Carbonaro, 2005; Lleras, 2008).

  4. Completion of Work
    • At Nazareth, there is no such thing as not doing the work!

      Learning is valued and valuable. The completion of all set tasks is crucial in order for students to attain success across subject areas. With our work completion and academic support program in place, we ensure all set tasks are completed to a satisfactory standard.

  5. Community Involvement
    • As part of our pursuit of excellence, we strongly encourage all students to have involvement in one or more extra-curricular activity or community event. 

      Students who are involved in their community feel a sense of belonging and generally achieve better learning outcomes.