St John’s Primary, Riverstone and Trinity Primary School, Kemps Creek thought outside the box when it came to Catholic Schools Week this year. These celebrations were ‘food for thought’ for both of these outstanding Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta learning communities.
Each school set out to show everyone their amazing learning spaces and highlight their sense of community with some fun and educational activities.
St John’s Primary focused on helping the less fortunate by raising funds for Caritas Australia.
St John’s Primary Assistant Principal Jackie Willard said students carried buckets of water in solidarity with those who need to carry water just to survive.
"The parents sponsored their children for every lap walked,’’ Mrs Willard said.
"We then tasted food from the 'Caritas Kitchen' where parents and teachers donated food from around the world."
"The students could taste this food and all money raised went to Caritas. Our parents were then invited to open classrooms."
"It was a fabulous couple of days with fantastic community participation.’
The school community even had local Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland MP join them for their celebrations too. Michelle is a graduate of another great local Catholic School in Western Sydney, St Bernadette’s Primary, Lalor Park.
At Trinity Primary School they had lots of fun at their ‘Pop Up’ learning activities each morning.
Trinity Primary Principal Cathy Hey said they began the week with teachers sharing their favourite picture books.
"On Tuesday the children arrived at school to see a makerspace pop up and a water painting pop up,’’ Mrs Hey said.
"On Wednesday the children did some hands-on mathematics with a life-size carrot patch.’’
Overall both schools had a fantastic time celebrating Catholic Schools Week and their enthusiasm attracted a lot of positive community engagement.