James Sheahan Catholic High School proudly serves families in the Orange region by providing a quality Catholic education for students in Years 7 - 12. Our heritage is characterised by the founding charisms of the de La Salle Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy, whilst recognising and respecting that we are on Wiradjuri Land.
Our school opened in 1980 as a modern coeducational high school and was named after Monsignor James Sheahan who had served the community of Orange for nearly 50 years. Sheahan was recognised as a dedicated Priest by the whole community. He contributed significantly to the development of the city by his building of schools and Churches.
We work in close union with our Parish Priest, Father Greg Bellamy, who provides opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist and contributes in many ways to the faith development of our students, staff and parent community. In addition to celebrating the Mass for significant school and Church events, Father Greg offers reconciliation to all students in the Season of Lent as well as joining us for student retreat programs.
Liturgy and prayer is fundamental to James Sheahan’s sense of Catholic community. The students’ spiritual development is a shared responsibility of the Parish Priest, Principal, staff and parents. All students at James Sheahan attend Religious Education classes throughout their time at the school.
Our junior school students follow the Diocesan “The Christ We Proclaim” program whilst senior students have the option of studying 1 or 2 unit Studies of Religion or the Board Endorsed Catholic Studies course.
At JSCHS, academic results are only one measure of achievement. As a Catholic coeducational institution our goal is for each student to achieve their personal best in a faith filled environment.
In offering a broad and balanced education, our students gain the confidence and the skills to develop their talents and strengths as emotionally intelligent leaders hopefully sustained and enriched by their Christian faith.