St Patrick’s students go behind the scenes at the CSO

On Wednesday 26 July, Year 3 students from St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar travelled to Newcastle to explore the history of Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Catholic Schools Office.

Hosted by Education Officer (Primary RE & Spirituality Services), Mark Spencer, students were led on a tour behind-the-scenes of the Cathedral and the CSO.

Students were in awe of the buildings and showed great enthusiasm and made observations throughout the day.  

Mr Spencer shared an exhilarating presentation that explored the history of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle accompanied by historical photographs.

This excursion allowed students to strengthen their understanding and knowledge of the rich and diverse story of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Students have been focusing on this unit of work during Semester 1, where they learned about key events and people that have shaped the identity and growth of the Catholic Church in Australia, aiming to assist students in recognising their place in the Church as the people of God.

Year 3 learned that the clergy played a significant part in shaping the character of Australian Catholicism.

“During our excursion, I learned about Bishop Toohey and his story which was particularly significant when we saw his painting in the Toohey Room,” said one student.

Students also engaged in a unit of work titled, ‘Community and Remembrance’ during History learning activities. In this unit of work, students discovered how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time through applying historical inquiry learning skills.

Student also learned to identify celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world.

Along with the support of the teachers, Mrs Hacker, Miss Kate Virgona and pre-graduate teacher, Mr Lachlan Edwards, students were appreciative and excited to share the events of the day with their peers back at school.

“The day was beyond a success in the eyes of all who were lucky enough to engage in the excursion. A number of parents welcomed the opportunity for the children to see their faith journey in a broader perspective,” said Religious Education Coordinator, Maryanne Hacker.

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