Catholic Education Week 2017
Focus on the broader community
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.