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Principal of St Joseph s Mr John Tobin, Captains
Jessica Scott and Ben Young with Member for
Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon.
St Paul's Booragul students, Amy Pennell and Rachele Dennis in the school library
folding paper cranes
lding pap er c r anes.
New Trade Training
Centre offers more
incentive to finish
ABRAND NEW Trade Training Centre
(TCC) has been officially opened at
St Joseph's Aberdeen and is offering
students an extra incentive to stay at
school until Year 12, following a unique
partnership with Hunter TAFE.
The brand new $1.5million building will
offer courses and studies in agriculture,
concrete finishing, cabinet making,
horticulture, rural operations, metals
and engineering, general construction,
carpentry and more.
On top of offering students access to a
variety of different courses, students will
be offered a credential pathway, making
progression from school to TAFE smooth
with recognition of units of competency
delivered at the school (through Diocesan
RTO) being recognised by TAFE and
Trade Training Centres Project Leader,
Glenda O'Brien said this will provide
wonderful opportunities for students and
an incentive to stay at school.
"This form of training not only encourages
students to remain at school until year
12 but also to enter into a school-based
traineeship or apprenticeship and achieve
dual accreditation with the HSC and a
certificate," she said.
"This makes them highly employable in the
employment market. Students have the
opportunity to experience careers, which
they may never have considered, and they
can determine at an early stage if they
are suited and would like to follow this
pathway. Entry into the TTC can begin as
early as Year 9," she said.
For the project to go ahead, the school's
neighbour, John Scriven, sold part of his
land to the school. Sadly John passed
away one week before the official opening
after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
A room in the building will be named
The TCC was funded by the Federal
Government's Trade Training Centres in
Schools Program, the Catholic Schools
Office and St Joseph's Aberdeen.
Schools live up to their values
FOLLOWING AN EXTRAORDINARY
outpour of generosity, Catholic Schools
in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
are being praised for ongoing fundraising
initiatives and for raising the highest
amount of money for schools in any
diocese across Australia, for Catholic
Mission over the past year.
The diocese's 56 schools collectively
contributed more than $60,000 to the
work of Catholic Mission to support the
local Church in developing communities
around the world. These funds are used
to support children in schools, refuges
and orphanages with meals, medicine,
payment of fees and to support teachers
with salary payments and necessary
Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission in
the Diocese Mr Barry Urwin praised the
fundraising efforts and said it exemplified
"faith put into action" within schools.
"As Christians we are asked to reach out,
consider and share with our brothers
and sisters who do not share the same
opportunities and standard of living which
we enjoy and often take for granted in
many cases," he said.
Japan's devastating earthquake and
subsequent tsunami held particular
significance for many students from St
Paul's, Booragul. Students enjoy a strong
sister school relationship with students
of Kurimoto High School where ongoing
friendships have developed as a result of
an exchange program which commenced
Japanese Language Teacher, Cate
Thompson, encouraged students to show
their support and to work through their
own concerns by producing paper cranes
with personal messages for students,
staff and families associated with
"The origami crane is an international
symbol of peace and hope and they are
often given with a wish of recovery from
illness and injury," Ms Thompson said.
"Our goal was to produce a thousand paper
cranes and while doing so, discuss what
was happening in Japan."
Director of Schools for the Diocese,
Mr Ray Collins, is not surprised by the
generosity of Catholic Schools.
"I am constantly amazed at the efforts
of all our schools in reaching out to
impoverished peoples of our world and
those in need. All schools see their
fundraising efforts as one way in which
they respond to Christ's call to love one
another," he said.
Joel Howlette performing The
Power of Reading at Holy Spirit
Primary School, Kurri Kurri.
Parents and students at St
Paul's Booragul's "Parents in
the Classroom Day".
Diocesan Public Speaking
Competitor, Carla Higgins from
St Peter's Maitland.
"Parents in the Classroom Day"
at St Paul's Booragul.
Students from San Clemente High School
at the Catholic School's Week Mass.
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