The Kindergarten students of St Patrick’s Primary School, Wallsend, were greeted enthusiastically by their new, gregarious principal, Mr Daniel Ariel who welcomed newcomers with a hand-shake or a high five.
Arriving at St Columban’s Primary School, Mayfield, there were tears, trepidation and nervous excitement − and that was just from the parents! The 18 new Kindergarten students took it all in their stride, enjoying the beginning of their school lives.
I joined a group of over 200 young people from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to join up with 20,000 Catholic youths from across Australia for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) held last December.
This festive season many 12-year-olds around Australia may have found themselves the recipient of a brand new iPhone from a very generous Santa Claus (or a not so cool second-hand HTC from more thrifty-minded parents).