New classrooms for Catholic primary opened by Wimborne canons

Bournemouth Echo: AND IT’S OPEN:  Canon Chrystal, headteacher Win Sheldon and Canon Noakes open the building AND IT’S OPEN: Canon Chrystal, headteacher Win Sheldon and Canon Noakes open the building

A NEW building for children at a Wimborne school was officially opened yesterday by two canons from the local community.

St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, which is based at Cutlers Place in Colehill, unveiled the new classrooms for the children in the Early Years group, which includes pre-school, Reception and Year One.

It was revealed with the help of Canon Chrystal, from St Anthony’s Church in West Moors, alongside Canon Noakes from St Catherine’s Church in Wimborne, who lead the parish churches which are attended by some of the school’s pupils.

Headteacher, Win Sheldon, said that the classrooms had been around two years in the making, with the aim of improving the provisions for younger children.

She added: “We wanted to enable them to have outdoor experiences throughout the year, so we have created a covered courtyard and then the children have verandas which they can stand out on.

“It enables them to have what we call freeplay and it helps them to explore and understand more about the world.

“When they first come to school, not only do a lot of them not have much motor control in terms of their handwriting, but the free play gives them a rich vocabulary to work with.

“It’s a beautiful building and it has added a whole new range of opportunities and enriched the environment of our pupils tremendously.”

The day of celebrations culminated with a picnic with the parents and families invited to sit with the children on the lawn and a magician performing some tricks to entertain the young people.

The headteacher has also invited anyone who would like to take a look at the new building to call St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, on 01202 883763.

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12:27pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Derlooker67 says...

I was one of the original seven that started at the school when it opened over 40 years ago with Sister Vincent at the helm. Lovely memories.
I was one of the original seven that started at the school when it opened over 40 years ago with Sister Vincent at the helm. Lovely memories. Derlooker67
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1:44pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Pablo23 says...

Schools should not be run by any religion, they should be secular and teach the full range of religious faiths, and scientific facts so children can make their own minds up what they believe as they grow up
Schools should not be run by any religion, they should be secular and teach the full range of religious faiths, and scientific facts so children can make their own minds up what they believe as they grow up Pablo23
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2:37pm Fri 11 Jul 14

PokesdownMark says...

Teaching young children about different faiths is a very good way to make secular free-thinkers. Because you have to say to the children, these are what other people think. But this is what we should think. Children are very good at spotting the issues with this and so it isn't a path that church schools are too keen to follow. Though many end up doing this and CofE schools do seem quite good at producing non-religious people! In my experience and also that of all three of my children!
Teaching young children about different faiths is a very good way to make secular free-thinkers. Because you have to say to the children, these are what other people think. But this is what we should think. Children are very good at spotting the issues with this and so it isn't a path that church schools are too keen to follow. Though many end up doing this and CofE schools do seem quite good at producing non-religious people! In my experience and also that of all three of my children! PokesdownMark
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4:46pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Pablo23 says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Teaching young children about different faiths is a very good way to make secular free-thinkers. Because you have to say to the children, these are what other people think. But this is what we should think. Children are very good at spotting the issues with this and so it isn't a path that church schools are too keen to follow. Though many end up doing this and CofE schools do seem quite good at producing non-religious people! In my experience and also that of all three of my children!
Totally agree, we shouldn't so much tell children what to think but educate them about the whole world and its many facettes so they can think for themselves.

Its such a shame that although we are all born as athiests (ie with a lack of belief in all the many gods humans have created over the years, and open minded to everything), to then be indoctrinated into the one religion our family happen to follow.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Teaching young children about different faiths is a very good way to make secular free-thinkers. Because you have to say to the children, these are what other people think. But this is what we should think. Children are very good at spotting the issues with this and so it isn't a path that church schools are too keen to follow. Though many end up doing this and CofE schools do seem quite good at producing non-religious people! In my experience and also that of all three of my children![/p][/quote]Totally agree, we shouldn't so much tell children what to think but educate them about the whole world and its many facettes so they can think for themselves. Its such a shame that although we are all born as athiests (ie with a lack of belief in all the many gods humans have created over the years, and open minded to everything), to then be indoctrinated into the one religion our family happen to follow. Pablo23
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6:59pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Blossom8 says...

Do any of you know what is taught in this school ? This school accepts all faiths and is not just Catholic children , it teaches all faiths and celebrates other religious days enhancing their knowledge about the world and it's differing religions. Please do not assume it is follows a narrow religious path Pablo.
This is an outstanding school with the highest achievement levels. The picnic and celebration of the opening of the new early years building was wonderful and enjoyed by many parents and relations thank you to all the staff for their very hard work .
Do any of you know what is taught in this school ? This school accepts all faiths and is not just Catholic children , it teaches all faiths and celebrates other religious days enhancing their knowledge about the world and it's differing religions. Please do not assume it is follows a narrow religious path Pablo. This is an outstanding school with the highest achievement levels. The picnic and celebration of the opening of the new early years building was wonderful and enjoyed by many parents and relations thank you to all the staff for their very hard work . Blossom8
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9:49pm Tue 15 Jul 14

smith89 says...

My children attend this lovely school, we are not catholic. Could not be happier with the ethos of the school. Well done to all the hard working staff!
My children attend this lovely school, we are not catholic. Could not be happier with the ethos of the school. Well done to all the hard working staff! smith89
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