Spiritual, gifted program success


As an accredited school for gifted education, St Christopher's also has a diverse program to cater for the needs of students who may be gifted in the academic, sporting or creative fields.

Story appeared in: Torch | February 27th, 2017



PLANS to grow innovative new learning spaces and lunchtime programs are well afoot and causing much excitement at St Christopher's Catholic Primary School in Panania.
In 2018, the school will have designed and built 15 new contemporary classrooms and a new, modern library to go with its six bright and modern Kindergarten and Year 1 classrooms which were built in 2014.
Principal Jamie Wahab says the direction fits perfectly with this year's Catholic Schools Week theme, 'Inspiring Spirits and Minds', and was supported by quality teaching and a range of learning and spiritual development opportunities for students.
As an accredited school for gifted education, St Christopher's also has a diverse program to cater for the needs of students who may be gifted in the academic, sporting or creative fields.
"The Newman program for English and Mathematics has been a huge success, providing challenging classes for students who have demonstrated a flair for these subjects," Mr Wahab said.
"We have also designed a different kind of covered outdoor learning area, where children will be able to play and mums and dads will be able to sit down, have a chat and learn more about how children learn in today's information age."
Among the new initiatives at St Christopher's are lunchtime clubs for origami, Lego, yoga and jewellery making.
Students can also learn how to play an instrument or attend after school dance clubs, with Hip-hop being extremely popular.
Mr Wahab said St Christopher's was very proud of its spiritual development program, which included an annual day retreat for students held at various scenic locations all over Sydney.
"The school motto, 'Caritas', means love and service and this is lived out by encouraging the students to live their lives using Jesus as a role model, always remembering to try to help those who are in need," he said.
• St Christopher's Catholic Primary will hold an open day on Tuesday, March 8, 9.15am -11am, at 235 Tower Street, Panania, to coincide with Catholic Schools Week, March 5 to 11.



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Publication: Torch | Section: Features | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 125310 | Viewcount: 244

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