Bal­anced ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion

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St Joseph’s Catholic School’s spe­cial char­ac­ter will be cel­e­brated at its com­mu­nity event on Oc­to­ber 17.

Spring Fash­ion Soiree or­gan­is­ers feel there is a lack of un­der­stand­ing in the com­mu­nity about what their much-loved school is re­ally about.

There is an op­por­tu­nity for non-Catholics to at­tend St Joseph’s, soiree or­gan­iser Jane Ewen said.

It was on meet­ing Suzie Wil­cox, another soiree or­gan­iser, that Jane was in­tro­duced to the idea that she could send her chil­dren to St Joseph’s.

Through Suzie be­ing on the Board of Trustees, she was able to tell Jane that the school al­lows 5 per cent non-pref­er­ence. ‘‘I don’t think peo­ple re­alise that it’s ac­tu­ally a plus to have a small

‘‘ I wanted to have as small a class as pos­si­ble be­cause you get a bet­ter one-to-one. It’s like hav­ing the priv­i­leges of a pri­vate school on a gov­ern­ment bud­get. ’’

class size,’’ Jane said. ‘‘I came down from Auck­land think­ing I wanted to have as small a class as pos­si­ble be­cause you get a bet­ter one-to-one. It’s like hav­ing the priv­i­leges of a pri­vate school on a gov­ern­ment bud­get.’’

Another mis­con­cep­tion with the school is around tech­nol­ogy. The school cer­tainly pro­vides on this front, the trio said, with stu­dents plac­ing well at the lo­cal Digi Awards each year.

Sport at St Joseph’s is also a point of dif­fer­ence. If a team sport lacks num­bers, the school joins with another lo­cal school.

‘‘There is not one sport a child would want to play that we wouldn’t do our ut­most to get them in­volved in,’’ fel­low soiree or­gan­iser Kerry Martelli said.

The school cur­ricu­lum also cov­ers Catholic val­ues. This is be­ing in­cor­po­rated into ev­ery sub­ject, Kerry said, and is no longer a set pe­riod each week on re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion. "It’s a very bal­anced diet,’’ Suzie said.

Kerry said what at­tracted her as a par­ent to St Joseph’s was that stu­dents of all ages in­ter­act. ‘‘It’s very much a fam­ily at­mos­phere.’’

Ul­ti­mately, the women be­lieve there are a lot of pluses. ‘‘The pluses cer­tainly out­weigh what­ever per­cep­tion the com­mu­nity has of the school. It’s a great lit­tle school. We would love par­ents to come and in­ves­ti­gate what we have to of­fer,’’ Jane said.

– The St Joseph’s Spring Fash­ion Soiree, Oc­to­ber 17, 3pm-6pm. Tick­ets, at $40, are avail­able from In­spire Bou­tique, Kids on Broad­way or the St Joseph’s School of­fice.

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