Welcome to Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg Heights, where we aspire to provide quality Catholic education. We believe that good education is about setting high standards and challenging, motivating and encouraging students to achieve those standards.
We provide two very distinct challenges for all students at this college. The first challenge is to be a good person. Each day the students are challenged to live out traditional family and gospel values. That is to be respectful, patient, kind, forgiving and understanding in their dealings with each other. We make no apologies for the fact that we demand high standards of discipline from our students. We have clear expectations for students in respect to their manners, uniform, grooming and conduct. Good organisation and fair discipline provide a safe, secure setting, where all students can be happy and enjoy their learning in a positive environment.
The second challenge is the challenge to be a good student. We ask that each student give their personal best. That is a 100% effort to their classroom studies and a commitment to their personal study program and homework each evening. The college has a clear focus on the Higher School Certificate and the academic results have been outstanding in recent years.
The college is blessed with a mixture of young and experienced staff who are enthusiastic, talented and generous who have a wonderful relationship with their students. The Freeman students are well mannered, co-operative, friendly and come from caring and supportive families. Freeman is a great school and the college motto sums up our spirit: Proclaim the Good News.
Freeman Catholic College was established to serve the parishes of John the Baptist (Bonnyrigg Heights), Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mt Pritchard), Mary Immaculate (Bossley Park), and Our Lady of Victories (Horsley Park).
Fr. John Langtry, the founding parish priest of Bonnyrigg Heights, suggested to Cardinal Freeman that the new college be named in his honour. Cardinal Freeman agreed and he officially opened the new school on 30th June, 1985 with 105 students and nine teachers. Today, the school is well resourced with modern facilities catering for the needs of 1300 students with teaching and support staff of 115.
Charism Our college patron is the late Cardinal Sir James Freeman. In the latter years of his life he was a regular visitor to the college and enjoyed spending time with students and teachers. He was a man of humble beginnings; born in Annandale, as a young schoolboy he was a good student and enjoyed literature, music and sport.
Sir James is a great model for all of us at Freeman Catholic College. Those who met him said that he was warm, friendly and caring. He was a positive person who enjoyed life and encouraged those around him. It is said of him that he touched the lives of all those he met because he was patient, kind, forgiving and understanding of others.
Mission Our goal at Freeman is to provide quality Catholic education. We believe that good education is about setting high standards and challenging, motivating and encouraging students to achieve those standards.
Values The essence of our culture is encapsulated in the term the “Freeman Way”, which is founded on four pillars so that all staff and students come to know:
God: The Catholic faith underpins all that we do at the college and staff and students are encouraged to look at the faith of Cardinal Freeman as a source of inspiration.
Mary: As a community we value prayer and we share the same devotion to Mary in prayer that Cardinal Freeman did.
People: In our relationships we demonstrate respect and integrity with a deep concern for the disadvantaged.
Personal Best: We see effort and striving for personal best to be the essential key to the development of the whole person; spiritually, academically and in co-curricular activities.
We have a positive partnership with the parish priest, assistant priest and pastoral council in our local parish, John the Baptist Bonnyrigg, to promote unity, mission and engagement. The priests engage in dialogue, planning and decision-making within the school.