“It was amazing, a truly inspirational event!” principal Brendan O'Connor said.
To celebrate Catholic Schools Week the pupils from kindergarten to year 6 and staff at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School at Hoxton Park all formed the word “inspire” on the school site and the mammoth effort was photographed by a drone.
“The drone took aerial shots 30 metres above the ground,” Mr O’Connor said. “Our site backs onto a reserve so we were able to take photos from other angles to get the best shot possible. It was a wonderful experience for our students.
To me ‘inspire’ means when my teachers encourage me to do my best in everything.Jayden
“The drone technology was provided by local Hoxton Park company Marin Photography – they’re alumni parents at our school, and we’re very grateful.”
The “inspire” theme fitted the motto for Catholic Schools Week, “Inspiring hearts and minds”.
“The theme has resonated very strongly with our community. When we use the word 'inspire', we think of those who lead and guide us to become better people.
“The word ‘inspire' is the catalyst for the many opportunities provided for students to demonstrate academic growth, leadership, social justice and extra-curricular activities such as sport and public speaking.
“At Good Shepherd we encourage students to make the most of every opportunity, supported by caring and committed teachers, so they continue to grow in confidence and ability. Our focus is on developing the whole person.”
Good Shepherd’s family educator Jackie Hana said: “This was just one of the activities organised to celebrate Catholic Schools Week that brings the whole school together and helps to raise public awareness of our amazing school. It was a creative, fun and vibrant way to show our commitment to both inspire and be inspired by the high quality Catholic Education we provide.
“It was also a lovely memento of Good Shepherd’s 20th birthday year!”
Our faith is inspired by the love of Jesus. We’re encouraged to follow in His way.Ozioma
Here’s what some of the kids said about the experience:
“Coming together as a school community, we got to share the experience of making the word ‘inspire’. This represents our school. To work together as a whole school to achieve something we need each other.” – Riva
“Every day our parents, teachers and friends inspire us.” – Isaac
“To me ‘inspire’ means when my teachers encourage me to do my best in everything.” – Jayden
“It was fun and a new experience to have the drone taking photos of us to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.” – Kayla
“When we came together to form the word ‘inspire’ it’s like when we come together as a community to inspire each other every day.” – Chloe
“Our faith is inspired by the love of Jesus. We’re encouraged to follow in His way.” – Ozioma
Good Shepherd Hoxton Park is currently enrolling for Kindergarten 2018, with limited places available in some grades for 2017. For further inquiries please contact the school.
- Details, enrolments: Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, 21 Twentieth Avenue, Hoxton Park, 9825 8455.