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.

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.’’

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