St Thomas More Catholic Parish Primary School is celebrating their first Catholic Schools Week with new principal, Mr Philip Barrington.
Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity for each Catholic school in the Diocese to open their doors to the community, share the story and achievements of the school, and showcase their areas of excellence and success.
Fittingly, the Week also sees Mr Barrington commissioned as
St Thomas More's principal by Bishop Brian Mascord, at the 2018 Diocesan Education Mass.
Mr Barrington said he was honoured and privileged to take on the role at the Ruse primary school and had been warmly welcomed by students, staff, parents and parish community.
“Our school motto 'Live in Truth and Love' has been clearly evident to me during my first few weeks as the principal,” Mr Barrington said.
“I'm witnessing a generous community spirit here, centred on providing the best possible opportunities for the children in our Catholic school.”
“I look forward to Catholic Schools Week and the chance to connect with all members of our Catholic school community and celebrate the wonderful, high-quality learning and teaching happening every day here at St Thomas More Primary.”
The Week is also a time when parents in the Macarthur area and across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands consider enrolment for their child in a Catholic school.
Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong are currently educating up to 20,000 children and young people, with more than half of these students enrolled in the greater Macarthur region.
The significant ongoing population growth in South-Western Sydney has only seen demand for local Catholic schools increase. This is particularly evident from the community response to the Diocese’s newest Catholic schools: St Justin’s Catholic Parish Primary School in Oran Park and St Francis Catholic College in Edmondson Park, where new enrolments are strong.
A number of excellent, smaller Catholic schools in the Macarthur just like St Thomas More Primary are also catering for parents seeking choice and a quality Catholic education for their child.
Director of Schools for the Diocese of Wollongong, Mr Peter Turner said Catholic schools have a distinctively unique character.
“As well as being excellent schools in the traditional sense,” he said, “they are places where education and relationships are based on values such as hope, integrity, justice and compassion.”
Catholic Schools Week 2018 runs from Sunday March 4 - Saturday March 10, 2018 across NSW and the ACT.