Learning through faith, love and laughter is behind the work at Good Shepherd Primary School in Kelmscott.
The school last year celebrated its 40 year anniversary with a school fair and Mass in the presence of founding families, staff and past principals.
Held on 5 November, the school fair saw projects created by students exploring the history of the school and the reasons for the use of names of those significant to the school, as well as historic photos and memorabilia on display.
Mass was celebrated on the school grounds on November 16 by Kelmscott Parish Priest Father Pavol Herda and concelebrated by Assistant Parish Priest Fr Crispin Witika, with a tree planted on the school grounds after Mass to commemorate the occasion.
Established in 1977 by the Loreto Sisters, with the school buildings completed in 1978 after much assistance from the community, the school has seen eight principals in its history, including current Principal, Andrew Colley.
Mr Colley said the school, as an integral part of the Kelmscott Parish, aspires to be a Catholic faith community which guides its students to develop to their fullest potential.
“At Good Shepherd Catholic Primary we teach students that our Catholic traditions are embedded in every aspect of everyday life,” he said.
He added that the hope for the future is for children who pass through the school to be able to take away an understanding of how faith plays a role in the world.
“Our school motto is ‘Learning through Faith, Love and Laughter’. It is by no accident that faith is named first of these as it is our belief in Jesus and His power in our lives that is central to our development as people.
“Together with parents, who are their children’s prime educators, our school aims to encourage children in their acquisition of the highest possible degree of self-esteem and respect for others as modelled by Christ in the Gospels,” Mr Colley said.