St Francis’ School opening

Students, family, staff and special guests attended the official opening of St Francis’ School in Maddington last week, celebrating its success since classes began in March.

Noongar traditional landowners Mrs Marie Taylor and Ms Robyn Collard performed a smoking ceremony and welcomed those in attendance to country, before a blessing and dedication with Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe.

St Francis’ School is the latest Catholic Education Western Australia CARE (Curriculum and Reengagement) school. It combines a variety of practical learning areas with a focus on fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, aiming to reengage teenagers who have not found mainstream schooling effective.

Courses including Visual Arts, Light Automotive, Barista skills, Senior First Aid, Food Technology, Sport and Fitness, and Religion have all been on offer for 2015, with newly fitted-out classrooms, workshops and kitchen facilitating St Francis’ School’s diverse learning options.

According to Foundation Principal Rory McNally, participation and attendance were high amongst the small group of Year 10 and 11 students already enrolled, and the School had a waiting list of local teenagers ready to join as the school expanded.

Catholic Education WA Executive Director Dr Tim McDonald addressed students, staff and guests, before unveiling the foundation plaque and declaring the School officially open.