GALLERY: St Aloysius Chisholm opens!

On Monday 2 February 2015, the newest school in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm, opened its doors for the first time.

A  Welcome to Country was performed in front of more than 450 parents, grandparents, carers and children before Principal Suzanne Fern asked two students to cut the ribbon and invited everyone in attendance to come inside and tour the new building and facilities.

As a new, purpose-built Catholic school, St Aloysius offers students in the Chisholm and Maitland regions the best in modern facilities and educational outcomes. With a focus on collaboration and engagement, traditional desks are replaced by "learning commons", curved lounges and tables with whiteboard surfaces.

The official opening of St Aloysius will be held during Catholic Schools Week on Monday 9 March for the local community, students, parents and media. The new school will be a two stream primary school (K – 6) with an eventual capacity of 420 students and has been named after the patron saint of young students and youth generally, St Aloysius Gonzaga.

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Emma Blackford

Emma Blackford worked for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2009-2017. During this time, Emma held the positions of Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Communications Manager for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and Marketing and Communications Manager for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning.