Why Choose Holy Spirit?
Choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
As parents, carers, or grandparents you have a choice - and the right - to offer your child the best education available.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle proudly hosts some of the best schools in Newcastle, Maitland, the Hunter and Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Manning regions.
Catholic schools offer a unique educational experience which forms the child or young person as a person of integrity, compassion, faith and wisdom. Catholic schools also work closely with their local parish to enhance in students a capacity to make sense of their world, to make judgements and to recognise the uniqueness of others within a faith community.
Each school has a supportive community of teachers, parents, carers, P&F committees, clergy, parishioners, and support staff who work together to focus on students; encouraging success, promoting discipline, supporting creativity and instilling compassion. This means that Catholic schools don’t just teach religious studies, they seek to develop spirit, mind, body and character and cultivate Gospel values that support lives filled with joy, endeavour and hope in the future.
Each Catholic school has a commitment to focusing on each individual child’s ability, offering a unique array of educational, creative, sporting and formation opportunities for students.
Finally, Catholic schools offer peace of mind to parents; knowing they’ve made the right choice and the best investment for their child’s future. It is because of this and the many opportunities available to students that we believe choosing a Catholic education, is the right choice to make.
WHY DO FAMILIES CHOOSE HOLY SPIRIT?
Holy Spirit Primary School, Kurri Kurri, has high expectations of its students and encourages them to achieve academic excellence in all areas of school life. Our school provides a safe and supportive environment promoting a holistic approach so that students achieve their full individual potential. Students are encouraged to extend themselves through classwork, as well as through various competitions such as the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics competition, ICAS, debating and public speaking, art competition and writing and poetry competitions.
Holy Spirit Primary provides a contemporary learning environment which is personalised and targets individual learning needs so that students have every opportunity to reach their full potential. A contemporary and quality education is achieved through teacher collaboration and creative pedagogy which encourages students to become lifelong learners. The curriculum is designed to be interesting and responsive to the needs and experiences of each student to empower them to take responsibility for their learning. Teachers provide assessment that is meaningful and provide prompt, ongoing feedback to encourage students to grow and achieve the syllabus outcomes. Learning with technology is a central focus at Holy Spirit Primary. Students have access to interactive whiteboards, iPads and laptops in every classroom, as well as an excellent library, which supplies the latest computer technology and video conferencing facilities.
STRONG COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Holy Spirit Primary is well recognised for its involvement in the local community and places a high level of importance on servicing others. Our Mini Vinnies group is active in fundraising and educating the community about poverty on a local and global scale. We also have a program of visitation to the local nursing home where students enjoy the opportunity to talk, share their school work and entertain the residents. Each year, students participate in the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival where they can showcase their skills and talents to the wider community, as well as perform at community liturgical and musical events.
ENCOURAGING CREATIVE PURSUITS
Creative Arts is an integral part of our school culture and is recognised as a strength at Holy Spirit Primary. Students enjoy a variety of opportunities to express themselves creatively, increase their self-confidence and showcase their talents. Holy Spirit Primary is a school where the creative, expressive and individualistic talents of its students are greatly appreciated, embraced and encouraged. All students have the opportunity to participate in an annual ‘Showcase’ to perform in song, dance and poetry, or receive private tuition from the very unique, Music Bus who visits the school weekly. The school prides itself on having a talented choir which supports local events and diocesan initiatives.
OPPORTUNITIES IN SPORT
Participation, enjoyment and skill development are the cornerstones of the sport program at Holy Spirit Primary. Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports throughout the school year including tennis, gymnastics, Aussie Rules, netball and basketball, and compete at representative level in swimming, cross country, athletics, cricket, tennis, soccer, rugby league, rugby union and touch football. Sporting pathways are available for students through local, diocesan, state and national level which enables students to perform and achieve at the highest level.