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By EMMA BLACKFORD
By DAMIAN NORRIS
Inspired by generosity and with
obvious foresight, parishioners
of Branxton and Greta donated
a block of parish land in
1870 to accommodate what
they anticipated - a growing
demand for Catholic education.
THEIR WISE DECISION, with the help of
the Federal Government's Building the
Education Revolution (BER), paved the way
for enhanced Catholic education in the
region, 141 years later.
On 30 October, the Hunter's newest school
and the first Catholic school to be built
in the diocese in 14 years, Rosary Park
Catholic School Branxton, was officially
blessed and opened by Bishop of the
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright.
An excited group of parishioners, teachers,
parents, staff and students, whose
fundraising efforts had also contributed
significantly, witnessed the event.
Rosary Park Catholic School is a result
of an amalgamation between St Mary's
Infants Greta and St Brigid's Primary
Branxton and opened to 201 enrolled
students, with capacity for 410 students.
"The parishioners had seen a need for
Catholic education to help them raise their
children in the practice of the faith and
to provide them with a moral and ethical
foundation in the light of the Gospel," said
modern learning environment suited to
the education of children now and in the
future for the Greta, Branxton, Rothbury
and Hunter areas," Mr Collins said.
Acknowledging the important role the
government played, Mr Collins addressed
Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon, whose
role was to declare the school open.
"The wonderful impact that the BER funding
has had on schools across Australia and
the generosity of other diocesan schools
in allocating some of their BER funds to
enable this school to be built, is indicative
of the success of this program and the
flexibility the Government applied to it."
Parents and Friends Association President
Lisa Peel attended the opening and
said, "For us, the opening of Rosary Park
signifies the beginning of a new era of
Catholic education. Parishioners and
parents, past and present, have been
working towards this dream for many
years. We're very proud of this state of the
art learning facility."
Acknowledging the history of the parish
and of St Mary's and St Brigid's, where
children had been educated for 125 years,
since the Sisters of Mercy came from
Singleton, Rosary Park's motto is "Built on
faith, knowledge, respect".
ST MARY S CAMPUS of All Saints
College Maitland is delighted to
have a teacher and students attending
prestigious National Science events in
Canberra in January.
Rhiannon Gordan, Gabrielle Innes and
Amy Mozes were selected to attend the
National Youth Science Forum, following
a competitive interview and selection
process. The fact that St Mary's had
three students from sixteen selected
from a region extending north to Taree,
west to Dubbo and south to the Central
Coast is astounding. The breadth of their
knowledge, enthusiasm and interview
skills obviously impressed the panels
from the University of Newcastle and local
Rotary clubs. The students will gain an
understanding of what university and a
science career will be like. Entry into this
Forum also qualifies them to be involved
in international events and activities
such as touring Cambridge University and
attending the Nobel Prize Awards Dinner.
Teacher Julieanne Berman was also
selected to attend the National Science
Teachers Summer School. She will attend
activities and institutions in and around
Canberra that will demonstrate the latest
in research and practice. Julieanne will
no doubt return to St Mary's ready to
share and implement information and
understanding gained from her
Local scientists go national
Parish Priest Rev William Goldman CSsR.
"Their investment has been realised with
the blessing and opening of this wonderful
new school which the parishioners
and parents are delighted to see,"
Father Goldman said.
Director of Catholic Schools, Mr Ray
Collins, spoke at the opening and said he
was overjoyed with the facility. "This new
school gives students an outstanding and
(l-r) Julieanne Berman, Rhiannon Gordon,
Amy Mozes and Gabrielle Innes.
Director of Schools Ray Collins,
Bishop Bill Wright, p\Principal
Will Callinan, Member for
the Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon,
students Mikayla Thomas,
Ellie Baldwin, Ashton Stacey,
Bethany Jordan, Cooper
Wilton, Phoebe Wilton, Meg
A family fair followed the blessing and opening ceremony.
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