Image: St Joseph's Primary, Alstonville Rug Reading
Our celebration of Catholic Schools Week involved 'Rug Reading'. Sitting on rugs around the school, students took turns in reading stories they had written, edited and published to others. Some readers dressed as characters from their stories and good listening was rewarded with prizes. Many families joined us on the day to enjoy the stories.
Image: St Madeleine's Primary Kenthurst
At St Madeleine's technology is integrated into the curriculum. Here you can see some children using the 'Exploring Scripture' story of Zaccheaus whilst other children are looking at an interactive story of Zaccheaus online using CEnet.
Image: St Mark's Catholic College student gets to be boss for a day!
Julian Monty, a Year 8 student from St Mark's Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens got to be the Executive Director of Schools for a day as the winner of the ED for a Day competition.
Image: St Mary of the Angels, Guyra - Kindergarten Transition Program
Pre-school children attend St Mary of the Angels, Guyra, one day a week as part of a successful transition to Kindergarten program.
Image: St. Brigid's Catholic Schools Week
St. Brigid's, Coogee made sure their students were well-fuelled for CSW, serving a picnic breakfast in the playground.
St. Brigid's Coogee celebrated Catholic Schools Week. On Monday, the school community gathered and shared together a liturgy to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. On Wednesday, the school held their annual BIG breakfast on the playground, where children had a picnic style breakfast of cereal, juice and fruit. The day continued with activities that focused on Learning in Action. Kindergarten and Year 1 students created posters and reflections about learning at St. Brigids. Year 2, composed a movement and reflection around the theme and Year 3 and 4 used technology to demonstrate how learning takes place at Coogee. Years 5 & 6 followed the journey of the WYD cross and icon. The day culminated in a Sports activity afternoon which was organised by the Year 6 students. The school's annual Open Day on Friday ended the week's activities.
Image: St. Brigid's celebrate Catholic Schools Week
St. Brigid's, Coogee celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a liturgy, picnic breakfast on the playground, and a myriad of activities that focused on Learning in Action.
Video: St. Brigid's Coogee celebrates Catholic Schools Week
St Brigid's Coogee began Catholic Schools Week with a liturgy. They also celebrated a big breakfast with the community and an activity day. The week culminated with the annual open day.
Image: Student environmentalists at Catherine McAuley Westmead
The Environment Group at Catherine McAuley have a vegie patch, worm farm, compost heap and are working on a wetlands regeneration project. Here they try their very first homegrown watermelon!
Image: Students reach out to community
For the last 12 weeks, St Pius’ primary, Enmore’s Religious Education Co-ordinator (REC) Laura Rizzo and fourth and fifth-grade teachers have been taking groups of their students to visit house-bound senior citizens every week.
Resident Alfred Brog looks forward to those visits to break up the monotony.
"I'm very happy," said the 42-year-old, who has been confined to a wheelchair for most of his life.
Alfred and the students share a joke and chat about his life.
“The visit certainly brings a smile to Alfred’s face, while the students realise how fortunate they are,” Ms Rizzo says.
Each week the students share a lovely conversation over afternoon tea, while realising what a difference their visit can make.
"They don't get that much company and we are able to offer them friendship." Ms Rizzo says.
Ms Rizzo and the Parish priest, Fr Martin Monoghan, initiated the visits as part of the Years 4 and 5 social justice group they recently developed
“It’s about the students learning to put into practice the mission of Jesus and reach out in justice and love,” Ms Rizzo said.
The group meets every Thursday afternoon to visits local residents from the parish community who are house-bound.
Photo caption: St Pius’ Enmore students (left to right) Catherine Sison, Logan Martin and Sinead Casey, along with Fr Martin, Mrs Borg and Alfred, seated.