Open day next week is a chance to ex­plore

Come and learn about the school

Central and North Burnett Times - - ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL -

ST JOSEPH’S Catholic Pri­mary School will host its first open day on Wed­nes­day, May 17, invit­ing the par­ents of kinder­garten stu­dents and other fam­i­lies in­ter­ested to visit the Gayn­dah school.

Prin­ci­pal Ben Gray said the open day was an op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to come and learn more about the school and what it of­fered stu­dents as part of the pri­mary learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“That true sense of com­mu­nity is vi­tal to our school com­mu­nity, it’s the foun­da­tion from which we can en­sure ev­ery­body is in­volved in the ed­u­ca­tional process,” Mr Gray said.

“Co­in­cid­ing with the Open Day will be our an­nual Fam­ily Read­ing Morn­ing. The fam­ily read­ing morn­ing is co-or­di­nated by Mrs Suzanne McGre­gor who is our teacher li­brar­ian and it’s an op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents on Wed­nes­day morn­ing next week to come in, along with their par­ents and ex­pe­ri­ence the joy that comes from read­ing.

“It’s great be­cause the par­ents are in­volved as well as the teach­ers and the stu­dents.”

Mr Gray said the open day high­lighted the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the older and younger stu­dents as they loved the chance to sit with an older buddy and lose them­selves in the ex­pe­ri­ence of read­ing.

“It brings to­gether all the won­der­ful parts of St Joseph’s, the fact that we are a com­mu­nity and that you see older stu­dents who read to the younger stu­dents.

“At the same time the morn­ing high­lights just how im­por­tant par­ents are in en­gag­ing with their learn­ing process,” Mr Gray said.

“They en­joy the op­por­tu­nity to come into the school with other par­ents in a re­laxed set­ting whilst be­ing a part of some­thing very spe­cial in their child’s life, is just great.”

Mr Gray said the school was like a fam­ily and the morn­ing it­self rings true the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity.

“The next few months are a hive of cel­e­bra­tions around read­ing with the book fair and read­ing morn­ing and the si­mul­ta­ne­ous read aloud day,” Mr Gray said.

Read­ing is an im­por­tant skill to learn and at St Joseph’s the stu­dents are sup­ported in their de­vel­op­ment, right from Prep where St Joseph’s in­tro­duces the love of read­ing.

“We start right from Prep where the stu­dents take home the book called Chat­ting Chil­dren which is a good qual­ity read­ing text that the par­ents can read to their chil­dren and they do a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties with that,” Mr Gray said.

“From that start­ing point the learn­ing process builds as stu­dents move through the school.”

It is hoped that many fam­i­lies will come along.

“The open day it­self is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for new fam­i­lies to come in and ex­pe­ri­ence first hand some of things that we share at the school,” Mr Gray said.

READ­ING TIME: Stu­dents get­ting in­volved with read­ing which is a very im­por­tant skill. PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

At St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School read­ing plays a huge role in the chil­dren’s lives.

St Joseph’s Pri­mary School stu­dents at lunch time.

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