Catholic education thrives
THE significance of Catholic education in the Coffs Harbour area was evident yesterday when more than 2200 students and 200 staff gathered in celebration at John Paul College.
Grateful that the threatening rain clouds held off, the crowd were able to enjoy an outdoor Liturgy.
Mr Ian Walton, principal of John Paul College, welcomed special guests including Most Reverend Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop of the Lismore Diocese; Director of Catholic Schools, Mrs Dianne Marshall, and fellow principals.
Adopting the motto Christ Our Light ? Generation to Generation, Mr Walton spoke of the third and fourth generation students currently in St Augustine's and the second genera- tion students at other schools.
Mrs Marshall commended those who had the vision to develop the schools in Sawtell, Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga to meet the needs of families and the greater community.
Far from a solemn event, students from the local Catholic primary schools were entertained by students from John Paul College and joined in vari- ous sporting activities throughout the day.
Kindergarten children found the visit to the school farm a highlight, where they were able to see a variety of animals.
Throughout the week the schools will continue their celebrations at their local level, showcasing their excellent resources and learning environments.