From 6-12 March 2016 Catholic Schools in NSW and ACT celebrated Catholic Schools Week.
Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity for Catholic schools to open their doors to showcase learning and teaching at its best with a range of activities and events planned for students and parents during the week.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2016 is ‘I belong. You belong. We belong’. The theme ties in with the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy.
During the week, many schools opened their doors to the community to showcase the great work they do for our students and held a range of activities including liturgies and open classrooms.
To kick off Catholic Schools Week, the Mount Druitt Community of Schools gathered for Mass at Holy Family Emerton on Sunday 6 March. Students and staff from Holy Family Primary, Emerton, St Aidan's Primary, Rooty Hill, Sacred Heart Primary, Mount Druitt, Good Shepherd Primary, Plumpton, St Francis of Assisi Primary, Glendening, St Clare's Catholic High School, Hassall Grove, St Agnes Catholic High School, Rooty Hill and Loyola Senior High, Mount Druitt represented their schools.
|Celebrating Catholic Schools Week with some furry friends at Trinity Catholic Primary, Kemps Creek|
On Thursday 10 March Trinity Catholic Primary, Kemps Creek hosted their annual Toddler’s Day. Preschool children from across the Parish and district visited the school with their parents and carers to experience a day in a primary school and have some fun.
Trinity Principal Scott Buchan said the event began many years ago as part of the Holy Spirit Parish Jubilee celebrations as a way to involve the community in Catholic Schools Week celebration.
‘The Trinity community was seeking a way to live out the school motto, ‘In Giving We Receive’ and the idea of giving to the preschool aged children of the parish became the focus,’ Scott said. ‘Through ‘Toddler Day’ we seek to give parents and carers the understanding and experience of contemporary Catholic Education so that they are in an informed position to make the very important decisions about schooling for their children.’
|Paint your own library bag during Toddler Day celebrations|
‘Besides the learning that takes place on Toddler Day there is a lot of fun, whether feeding a goat at the mini-farm, bouncing on the jumping castle or painting a unique design on a library bag there are always miles of smiles,’ he said.
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Also on Thursday, Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby visited St Oliver’s Primary, Harris Park as part of their Catholic Schools Week celebrations. One parent even told him that that St Oliver’s is ‘better than great!’
|Greg visiting St Oliver's Primary, Harris Park|
Whilst Greg was at St Oliver’s, St Agnes Catholic High School Rooty Hill opened their doors to parents from the school community to take part in instructional classroom walk through.
Parents were given the opportunity to see the difference between schooling: then and now.
On Tuesday 8 March, Holy Spirit Primary, St Clair hosted clinical psychologist and the Catholic Education Office’s Coordinator of Wellbeing Anoushka Houseman. Anoushka gave a workshop with parents on ‘Developing Resilience in our children’.
On Wednesday 9 March, St Matthew’s Primary, Windsor embraced our diversity by holding a cultural day. Students and parents were encouraged to bring in food, clothing and items of cultural significance to share with the school community.