Nundah grandparents head back to school

By on July 29, 2014
St Joseph's Nundah pupil Jake Economides with grandparents Maree and John Beekman.

Jake Economides celebrates learning with grandparents Maree and John Beekman.

ST JOSEPH’S Catholic Primary School at Nundah is celebrating Catholic Week (July 27 – August 2) by inviting the grandparents in their community back to school on Thursday, July 31, from 9am – some of whom attended St Joseph’s themselves.

The school will host a community liturgy celebrating the unique learning environment at St Joseph’s. Following the liturgy, there will be classroom visits and a community morning tea.

Principal Ms Kerry Latimer said, “Many of our grandparents play a key role in faith education in our students’ lives, and some spend time in our classrooms every week supporting individual reading and maths work”.

The school will be showcasing Catholic Education in 2014 and visitors will be able to view recent building works including the new library and sports centre and spend time learning in the unique open-door classroom culture at the school.

Located on top of the hill at Nundah beside the iconic brass domed church, the Josephite primary school is one of 137 Catholic schools in the Brisbane Catholic Education network and was established in 1916.

Two St Joseph's Nundah pupils with ballsSome further statistics:

  • In the late 1860s Mary Mackillop and the Sisters of St Joseph established the first of 69 parish-based schools in Queensland, 46 of which are still continuing.
  • St Joseph’s primary and secondary schools were established in Nundah in 1916.
  • There are 143,429 students in Catholic schools across five dioceses in Queensland.
  • More than 17,400 staff educate students daily.

St Mary MacKillop, Autralia’s first saint, lived by the mantra “never see a need without doing something about it” and assistant principal religious education Craig Gibson said, “St Joseph’s children live that mantra every day and are known in the community for making a difference. The children recently raised $1384 to fund social justice projects for those less fortunate.”

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