St Joseph’s school to host open day
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.
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.
Bishop Steve Lowe blessed the new learning environment at St Joseph’s Catholic School last month.