Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week 2017

Fo­cus on the broader com­mu­nity

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

ST JOSEPH’S Catholic Pri­mary School in Gayn­dah has a fo­cus on com­mu­nity that ex­tends be­yond its walls, em­brac­ing the school’s mes­sage of be­ing a com­mu­nity of learn­ers.

St Joseph’s prin­ci­pal Ben Gray said the goal of the school was to con­nect with ev­ery­one, and Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week was a great op­por­tu­nity to do that.

“Not just teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents but ev­ery­one,” Mr Gray said.

Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week gives Catholic schools an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate and pro­mote their mis­sion and ethos.

“Bris­bane Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week is an an­nual event that we cel­e­brate with a few dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties we do within the school com­mu­nity,” Mr Gray said.

“Such as the win­dow dis­play we have down­town that a num­ber of staff as­sisted in help­ing to cre­ate.

“The idea be­hind the win­dow dis­play is to share with the com­mu­nity what is hap­pen­ing in our school.”

Mr Gray said the theme this year was about shar­ing the jour­ney.

“We are on the jour­ney to­gether,” Mr Gray said.

“We met up with stu­dents from St Joseph’s in Childers, where we did a range of ac­tiv­i­ties. It is a change for the stu­dents to be able to in­ter­min­gle and Childers is one of our clos­est schools.

“That’s been hap­pen­ing for a num­ber of years and is a great op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to meet new peo­ple and share some sto­ries and time with them.”

The Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week Awards also play a big part in the week-long cel­e­bra­tions.

“Var­i­ous staff are hon­oured at a mass in Bris­bane,” Mr Gray said.

St Joseph’s Gayn­dah as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal in re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion Amy Glis­son said stu­dents took part in a host of ac­tiv­i­ties cen­tred on the theme of jour­ney for this year’s Ed­u­ca­tion Week.

“They were all cen­tred around the jour­ney theme – we had chil­dren draw­ing with chalk in­side big feet to help sig­nify walk­ing with Je­sus,” Mrs Glis­son said.

“We also had stu­dents do­ing scav­enger hunts, look­ing for re­li­gious icons in spots of sig­nif­i­cance around the school grounds.”

Stu­dents also cre­ated a “prayer high­way”.

“They wrote down prayers on pieces of pa­per and joined them all to­gether to form a roadmap and high­ways,” Mrs Glis­son said, “as well as arts and crafts around foot­prints and jour­ney.”

A teacher and Prep evening was also held as part of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week.

“We were able to have con­ver­sa­tions with par­ents of cur­rent stu­dents and par­ents of po­ten­tial fu­ture stu­dents,” Mr Gray said.

“It was re­ally about open­ing up our school to the com­mu­nity so they could get a glimpse of what our stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence on a con­sis­tent ba­sis and what their chil­dren might ex­pe­ri­ence if they at­tend our school.”

Past themes for Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week in­clude Open­ing Doors in the Year of Mercy in 2016 and En­gag­ing Minds, Ig­nit­ing Hearts and Serv­ing Oth­ers in 2015.

This year’s theme was drawn from a num­ber of quotes from Pope Fran­cis.

It was also in­spired by a num­ber of bi­b­li­cal ref­er­ences talk­ing abut the im­por­tance of the whole jour­ney of life.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for us to en­gage the com­mu­nity on a deeper level and share what we do here at St Joseph’s,” Mr Gray said.

“It is a fo­cus and cel­e­bra­tion of all things that make us a truly Catholic school.”


LOVE FOR THE COM­MU­NITY: Spread­ing cheers and love for Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week.

St Joseph's Prin­ci­pal Ben Gray with Josh Ung dur­ing Lent cel­e­bra­tions ear­lier this year.

Stu­dents got to en­joy some cake as part of the week-long cel­e­bra­tion.

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