School in­spir­ing stu­dents daily

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

ST JOSEPH’S Pri­mary School prides it­self on the meth­ods used to in­spire cre­ativ­ity and learn­ing in stu­dents and em­pha­sise in­clu­sive­ness to­wards the com­mu­nity.

St Joseph’s prin­ci­pal Ben Gray said the role of the school was to not only teach the kids in the class­room but to also in­cor­po­rate a va­ri­ety of pro­grams in the cur­ricu­lum.

“The idea of com­mu­nity is at the core of the St Joseph’s Pri­mary phi­los­o­phy,” Mr Gray said.

“Our ed­u­ca­tion is grounded in our val­ues and en­sur­ing that school is a suc­cess for ev­ery child and they have an op­por­tu­nity to grow and de­velop here.”

Be­ing ac­ces­si­ble to all peo­ple in the com­mu­nity is an­other of the school’s main ob­jec­tives.

“We of­fer our stu­dents qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and have man­aged to keep our fees the same while re­ally try­ing to keep it min­imised,” Mr Gray said.

“Es­sen­tially our fees are down to just over $30 a week for a sin­gle-child fam­ily and that cost in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­thing from text­books to ex­cur­sions and vis­it­ing work­shops.

“It’s the idea that all par­ents re­ally need to pro­vide their child is a pen­cil case.”

What par­ents con­trib­ute with school fees is a cru­cial el­e­ment to the suc­cess of St Joseph’s Pri­mary School.

“There are a lot of things our stu­dents get to be a part of that we use to bol­ster the idea of learn­ing,” Mr Gray said.

“Things like learn­ing to swim at our swim classes or be­ing part of the arts and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, we of­fer a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to our stu­dents.”

St Joseph’s looks upon its ed­u­cat­ing with the idea of also teach­ing char­ac­ter in its stu­dents.

“At the end of the day it’s the no­tion that we are a com­mu­nity of learn­ers,” Mr Gray said.

“On be­half of staff and stu­dents, we would like to sin­cerely thank and wish our grad­u­at­ing class of 2016 all the very best, they have the gift of St Joseph’s now and they have the op­por­tu­nity to go out and use it.

“The St Joseph’s gift is the idea of a well-rounded cit­i­zen and a com­mu­nity con­trib­u­tor, it stays with our stu­dents long be­yond when they leave here.”

Mr Gray dis­pelled the myth that it is too costly to send a stu­dent to St Joseph’s.

“We want St Joseph’s to be ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery­one and there are con­ces­sions avail­able for fam­i­lies,” Mr Gray said.

“The big thing for us is ac­ces­si­bil­ity for the whole com­mu­nity and of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through our school com­mu­nity.”

There are still spa­ces left for the 2017 prep classes.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

SWIM­MING LESSONS: St Joseph’s stu­dents in swim class.

SCHOOL LEAD­ERS: The 2016 St Joseph State School class of lead­ers.

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