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BY TRACEY EDSTEIN
Maitland is one of the fastest growing
regions in NSW and this month, its
growing population in Thornton North was
delighted to have confirmation of the news
they had been praying to hear for years: a
new Catholic school will be built by 2015*.
Chisholm Catholic Primary School will be a
two stream (K - 6) school with an eventual
capacity of 420 students, serving families
from surrounding suburbs.
Those families include the Locking, Atkins
and Willingham families who have already
registered their interest in the school. The
three families hope that their daughters,
Amelia, Ava and Maddison (pictured on
the site of the new school), will begin in the
school's first Kindergarten class in 2015.
"It's perfect for us," said Keely Locking,
who, with husband Adam, was delighted
to learn that the Catholic Diocese of
Maitland-Newcastle is establishing a new
primary school, almost in their backyard.
"We're only two streets away and it's all
about family for us; you certainly get a
good vibe here."
The new school will be located on a
parcel of land within the Waterford
County residential subdivision. It will be
ecologically sustainable and accessible
for all, with flexible learning spaces and a
Todd and Kristen Atkins were one of the
first couples to move into the subdivision
and have watched the area develop. Todd
said, "It's exciting that the school will be
eco-friendly, and brand new facilities are
Director of the Catholic Schools Office,
Mr Ray Collins, is excited that a new
school will soon be available to meet the
ever-increasing demand for high quality
Catholic education in the Lower Hunter
"The Maitland region is one of the fastest
growing areas in NSW and the Catholic
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is
committed to providing the necessary
infrastructure to match this growth," Mr
"Students at Chisholm Catholic Primary
School will be encouraged and supported
in their faith, will develop the tools
and skills of independent and critical
thinkers and will blossom under the
encouragement and wisdom of their
teachers," Mr Collins said.
Like the other couples, Danielle and Daniel
Willingham are thrilled that their daughter
Maddison will belong to the "class of 2015"
in a brand new school.
Expressions of interest are now being
taken. People considering enrolling their
child in Chisholm Catholic Primary School
in 2015 are encouraged to phone 4979
1207. For a link to the Catholic Schools
Office website with artist impressions
of the new school, please visit www.
mn.catholic.edu.au and click on the
* subject to STCA and CBGA approval.
Few would describe Newcastle Knights
coach Wayne Bennett as garrulous, but
he was certainly a highly entertaining and
thought-provoking speaker at the 20th
Annual Tenison Woods Education Centre
After Port Chaplain Rick McCosker's
introduction, Wayne opened with, "I can't
wait to hear myself speak!" However,
what the capacity crowd will undoubtedly
remember is his generous sharing of his
personal story, and his unapologetically
uncompromising philosophy of life.
"What's my greatest challenge every day?
Me. Too often we're influenced by all those
around us. We never become ourselves.
"Winners take responsibility for their actions
and they always look forward. Losers
blame someone else and always talk
about the past.
"In the words of Pope John XXIII, 'See
everything. Overlook a great deal. Improve
Wayne had much to say about the
importance of education -- schooling as
well as ongoing learning. While he did not
describe himself as a model student, he
has long recognised, "When I think I know
it all, then I stop learning."
He recalled with affection his former
teacher and longtime mentor, Christian
Brother Mick Bible. "Br Bible made a
difference to every child. He was the most
dynamic teacher I ever knew." Br Mick's
sister, Rita Townsend of Raymond Terrace,
was there to hear Wayne speak and was
delighted to meet him.
The Tenison Woods Education Centre
is a faith formation ministry of the
Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar. Please
visit www.twec.org.au For more photos
please visit www.mn.catholic.org.au
In a field of their own:
meet the class of 2015 at Hunter's newest school
See everything. Overlook a
great deal. Improve a little.
Maddison Willingham, Amelia Locking and
Ava Atkins, learning collaboratively. Photo
courtesy of Priscilla Scanlon.
Wayne Bennett with Rita, Anna and Bruce Townsend of Raymond Terrace. Rita's brother,
Mick Bible, has long been a mentor to Wayne.
www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
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