Holy Child students take talents beyond the standard in Bridgeville
Sister Barbara Anne Quinn cannot remember a time when Holy Child Catholic School on Station Street in Bridgeville did not celebrate Catholic Schools Week.
The energy and passion the one week of activities brings to the school and its students is something to cherish, she said.
“The way I see it,” said Sister Barbara Anne, principal at Holy Child for almost 30 years, “(Catholic Schools Week) is like a burst of energy in the middle of the winter that helps our students to see what we are doing here. For a brief period, it allows the students to take a step back and say, ‘Wow, aren't we great, look at what God has given us.”
Catholic Schools Week 2013 runs from Jan. 27 until Feb. 2. The national theme this year is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” Holy Child's theme is, “Holy Child: Talents Beyond the Standards.”
For the entire week, the 120 students at Holy Child will have no homework but will participate in daily activities, many of which the students thought of and designed themselves, said teacher Mary Jo Shanafelt.
For instance, Shanafelt said, the students will design a “Hall of History” that will feature historic posters designed by the students.
Schools across the nation typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with masses, open houses, and other activities for students.
Holy Child, opened in 1948 and once known as St. Agatha's Grade School, will begin its week with an open house this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The week will conclude on Feb. 1 with a career day, sponsored by the Holy Child Parent-Teacher Group.
During that day, each class will be visited by volunteer parents and friends who will come to tell them about their jobs or hobbies. About 50 people are already slated to take part, Sister Barbara Anne said.
In May, Holy Child Catholic School did something unique when it had a video conference with students at a Catholic school in Australia. The students had a chance to compare how they celebrate Catholic Schools Week, among other things, Sister Barbara Anne said.
“It amazes me that the kids in Australia are very knowledgeable of what happens here, much more so than the kids here are of what happens over there,” she said.
For the students, Catholic Schools Week is a way of celebrating the school and what it is like to attend Holy Child.
For Ryan Fleming, 11, a sixth-grader at Holy Child, Catholic Schools Week gives him a chance to “celebrate what it is to be a part of (Holy Child).”
“I like to be a part of the school. I like coming here. And when you get to really be involved in it, with Catholic Schools Week, it is extra special,” Fleming said.
Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Local business community continues to grow and change
- South Fayette coach looks to bring Insanity to residents
- Nonagenarian celebrates with family and friends
- Photo gallery: A decade later, remembering devastating Carnegie flood
- Community shows support for Cecil family
- Bethany Presbyterian Church to celebrate 200 years in Bridgeville area
- Carnegie reflects on 10th anniversary of notorious rainy day
- Carnegie business district comes back
- Seat tags in Carnegie’s music hall tell many stories
- Bridgeville historical society set to undergo repairs
- Steps taken to prevent another devastating flood of Chartiers Creek