St Clair pupils celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Pupils at Holy Spirit Primary School spelled success on Friday.

Their spell-a-thon, book fair, mass, morning tea and performances were among the many activities parents, grandparents and carers turned up for at the St Clair school’s Catholic Schools Week celebrations.

Sounding off: Holy Spirit Primary's string ensemble hit the right notes. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Sounding off: Holy Spirit Primary's string ensemble hit the right notes. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Book time: Robert Lang visited the book fair with his granddaughters Jessica and Emma, who left with a Pet Hotel novel and Adventure Time Encyclopedia. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Book time: Robert Lang visited the book fair with his granddaughters Jessica and Emma, who left with a Pet Hotel novel and Adventure Time Encyclopedia. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Principal Anne Hines said kindergarten children recognised sight words like ‘dad’, ‘my’ and ‘school’ while pupils in years 1 to 6 progressively spelled more difficult words.

They were sponsored for the effort by family and friends in order to raise funds for the school.

‘‘Holy Spirit has a supportive community of teachers, support staff, clergy and parents working together to focus on giving students the best education possible: encouraging success, promoting discipline, supporting creativity and instilling compassion,’’ Mrs Hines said.

‘‘This is an opportunity for us to share the education we provide with the wider community.’’

Year 4 pupil Jada Thomson plays the viola in the school’s string ensemble, which performed Pachelbel’s Cannon for Friday’s visitors at a special assembly.

The ensemble program is in its second year and allows pupils in years 3 and 4 to play instruments such as violins and cellos — which  not many schools are set up to teach — without the cost of purchase or private tuition.

‘‘It’s fun and exciting,’’ Jada said.

‘‘The viola is bigger and has more strings than the violin.

‘‘I like Pachelbel’s Cannon. I like the strings and the sound of it. It’s slow and relaxing.’’