Open day next week is a chance to explore
Come and learn about the 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.