St Joseph’s school to host open day

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - TERESA HAT­TAN

St Joseph’s Catholic School is open­ing its doors to the pub­lic tomorrow.

Over the past few months the Hohaia St school has un­der­gone a trans­for­ma­tion.

The stu­dents are now based in a new learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment which has al­lowed the ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity to change the face of teach­ing at the school, prin­ci­pal Yvonne Mar­shall said.

The school would love to get the com­mu­nity in the door so they can show what they have on of­fer.

With the new learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, Yvonne feels the school has some­thing dif­fer­ent.

She said peo­ple go past and see new doors and a ve­randa, but that’s about it. ‘‘But it’s what is in­side that is so ex­cit­ing,’’ she said.

The open day will let the pub­lic have a look around.

Yvonne also wanted the wider com­mu­nity to see the class­room in ac­tion. Stu­dents will be work­ing through­out the open day and visi­tors will be able to see how they in­ter­act with their learn­ing space.

‘‘It’s not just the build­ing that’s changed, it’s how the stu­dents in­ter­act with the space and the more per­son­alised learn­ing that is hap­pen­ing.’’

Yvonne cer­tainly feels that ed­u­ca­tion is ever evolv­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment needs to be able to keep up with and re­flect this change. Think­ing crit­i­cally and work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively is now what stu­dents are ex­pected to do. ‘‘It’s build­ing in­de­pen­dence, build­ing self-man­age­ment, build­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion and con­nect­ed­ness.’’

She said the school feels priv­i­leged to have had the up­grade, at a cost of around $200,000, pro­vided by the Dio­cese.

She said there was an el­e­ment of ‘it was our turn’ for an up­grade. ‘‘We could’ve gone through and put some nice new stuff on the walls and maybe even re­placed a couple of roofs. Or, the op­tion was to use our money for the next 10 years and do it all now and re­vamp this and use that as the op­por­tu­nity.’’

Be­cause of the small size of the school, Yvonne feels it’s eas­ier to cre­ate a cul­ture change. Ev­ery­one is on board and the stu­dents are lov­ing the ‘‘mod­ern’’ learn­ing, she said.

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St Joseph’s Catholic School will host an open day on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 26 from 10am – 12 noon for the pub­lic to see the school’s new learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in ac­tion.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Bishop Steve Lowe blessed the new learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment at St Joseph’s Catholic School last month.

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