St James’ Primary School, Kotara South had a particularly exciting morning as they officially opened their new outdoor learning space. The official opening was attended by the school community as well as special guests’, Fr Terry Horne (Parish Priest), Helene O’Neill (Parish Liaison Officer), Gerard Mowbray (CSO Director of Schools), Brad Fuller (CSO Education Officer RE & Spirituality), Kim Moroney (Education Officer Early Learning), Matt Hingston (St James’ P&F President), Phil Williams and Ms Kate Hopi (Terras Landscape Architects).
Two new play areas were completed with the generous financial support of the P&F. One play space features a dry creek bed with the school values totems – Respect, Courage, Service, Justice, Compassion and Hospitality - and the other play space incorporates a mud kitchen, timber ‘dining’ table and tee pee.
Meanwhile those at St Therese’s Primary School, New Lambton began their morning with a liturgy and some fun activities before opening their classrooms and showcasing student work to visiting families and putting on a sausage sizzle lunch.
Both Holy Spirit Infants School, Abermain and St Joseph’s Primary School, Kilaben Bay had a jam-packed day of fun with morning liturgies followed by open classrooms and picnic lunches with families. St Joseph’s students also got involved in some tabloid sports games in the afternoon.
Celebrating both Catholic Schools Week and Wellbeing Week, St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton put on an Open Day, showcasing the Diocese’s only Kindergarten to Year 12 campus. The College also hosted some special visitors this week with over 12 Japanese students visiting the campus on exchange.
Over at St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm students enjoyed a morning tea and prayer before they opened up their classrooms and invited their families in to see all the wonderful work they’d completed so far this year.
To wrap up the day, St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm invited prospective families to see the newest college in the Diocese during their Open Evening. The evening gave families a chance to meet the College principal and teaching staff, enjoy a musical performance from current students and experience the modern student learning spaces on guided student-led tours.