Greg Whitby enjoying a class at Mary Immaculate Primary, Quakers Hill
Greg Whitby enjoying a class at Mary Immaculate Primary, Quakers Hill

To coincide with Catholic Schools Week, Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby visited St Joseph’s Primary, Schofields and Mary Immaculate Primary, Quakers Hill to meet with students, staff and school leaders this week.

At St Joseph’s Primary, Greg met with teachers, Roslyn Earl and Katie Bates, to get an understanding of the issues and challenges facing teachers. 

In the Year 3 classroom, students shared how using iPads supports their learning and discussed the different Apps and how they use them in the classroom.

Greg then met with the school leadership team – Principal Cheryl Brown, Assistant Principal Joanne Delvecchio, Religious Education Coordinator Leanne Farhat and Coordinator of Learning Trevor Atkins – to talk about the work of using data to improve student outcomes and strategies to improve teaching..

Greg said that he was very impressed with the outstanding commitment of teachers and leaders at St Joseph’s.

‘We need to find more support for teachers to enable them to find time and ways to work together, collaborate, plan and analyse the data they’re collecting so they can meet the needs of each students to improve their learning,’ said Greg.

At Mary Immaculate Primary Greg met with Principal Paul Devlin before touring a number of learning spaces. Greg spoke to Year 4 students to ask what they liked best about school and students responded enthusiastically with ‘learning new things’ being the most popular answer.

The students told Greg about the fun they were having with poetry and read some of their recent work.

Moving onto the Year 5 learning space, staff and students showed off the beginnings of a very impressive igloo made out of plastic bottles as part of their learning unit on Antarctica. 

Talking to teachers, Greg spent time getting to know them on a personal level and listening to their stories.

Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity for Catholic schools to showcase what happens every day in our schools and invites the community in to experience teaching and learning at its best.

Greg Whitby sitting on a class at St Joseph
Greg Whitby talks to students at St Joseph's Primary, Schofields


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CathEd Parra

CathEd Parra


  • 30 Oct 2022

    From Facebook
    Last Friday, our school community truly demonstrated how we can pull together to achieve amazing things. The students and teachers enjoyed a day of crazy socks, a sausage sizzle, zooper doopers and shooting goals. The students and teachers had so much fun, especially when the students were trying to shoot a goal against their teacher. We raised roughly $1,500 which will be donated to Catholic Mission to support families in Ethiopia facing malnutrition and food insecurity. These funds raised will help sustain and enrich the lives of vulnerable children who are in need of our support. Thank you to our community for working together to help those in need. “Together we can” do amazing things to answer God’s call to action.

    20 Sep 2022

    From Facebook
    Congratulations to Stephanie Attard for being elected as St John Paul II School Captain for 2023. It is great to see a former St Joseph's student fill the School Captain role.

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