Parents for Education

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Parents for Education Foundation
AbbreviationPARED Foundation
Formation1982; 40 years ago (1982)
TypeNot-for-profit foundation
ServicesIndependent Roman Catholic schooling
c. 2,500

The Parents for Education (PARED) Foundation in an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has founded and manages several independent Roman Catholic schools in the Australian cities of Sydney, New South Wales and Melbourne, Victoria.[1] PARED was established in 1982 by parents and educators with a focus on operating schools and other educational projects that support parents in their primary role of raising their children. The PARED Foundation has pioneered a one-on-one mentoring system in its schools, and purports to offer an authentic Christian education focused on academic excellence and character development through human virtues.


The founders of the PARED Schools have introduced into Australia a system of education that was developed in Europe in the 1950s for the parents to exercise greater responsibility in the education of their children. PARED is associated with the Institute of Family Studies of the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain.[2]

There are now many such schools in operation on five continents.[3] As of 1993, there were over 150 such schools.[4] PARED maintains contact with many of these schools.

PARED founded Tangara School for Girls in 1982.[4] The school initially had two full-time teachers and 17 students.[4] Since then several other schools and campuses have been established in Sydney's metropolitan region (in Cherrybrook, Dural, Wahroonga, Belfield, Orchard Hills, and Werrington), and in the Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren North.[1]

The Schools in Sydney include Redfield College in Dural,[5]Montgrove College in Orchard Hills, and Wollemi College in Werrington.[6] The schools have chaplains who are priests of Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church.[2]

In the schools' Mentoring system, each student is allocated a mentor who meets the student regularly (ideally fortnightly) to check on the student's advancement academically, socially, spiritually etc. The mentor tends to guide their mentee over a period of years, often all through their schooling life. The parent-mentor meeting replaces numerous parent-teacher interviews throughout the year, with the mentor working closely with the students' teachers to ensure meetings provide practical and current feedback.[5]

The PARED schools[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c "Harkaway Hills College".
  2. ^ a b Kerr, Christian (31 May 2011). "Opus Dei shapes as a challenge for Tony Abbott". The Australian. Retrieved 18 August 2015. PARED is affiliated with the Institute of Family Studies of the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, a campus created by Opus Dei founder Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer. "All these guys are close family friends," one Liberal said. "They all went to the Opus Dei schools, they all joined together and they're all one unit. You can't separate them."
  3. ^ Govorcin, Damir (18 February 2007). "'Faith, morals' give strength to Tangara". The Catholic Weekly. Retrieved 18 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Monagle, Virginia (1993). "Parents for Education: Tangara, Redfield, Retaval". Kappa Delta Pi Record. 30 (1): 44–46. doi:10.1080/00228958.1993.10531866.
  5. ^ a b "Education pioneer to be special guest at Warrane". Warrane College, University of New South Wales. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Montgrove College". Education NSW Directory. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "The PARED Foundation | Home".
  8. ^ "Retaval Wahroonga: The Final Goodbye".
  9. ^ "Tangara School for Girls | Home". Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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