Why I’m sending my daughter to Santa Sophia

Kerrie Bollard is happy with her daughter
Kerrie Bollard is happy with her daughter's school choice of Santa Sophia

Kerrie Boland’s daughter Jessica will be one of the first students to start at the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s newest school Santa Sophia - and the whole family is excited about the prospect.

“Jessica is entering high school next year and we are confident that the new learning practices that will happen at Santa Sophia will equip her for the future,” she said.

“When Jessica leaves school and goes through university the world will be a very different place and this school will prepare her for this future.

“But it just wasn’t my husband and I who made this decision, it was finally Jessica’s choice and she selected Santa Sophia over the more traditional teaching schools.

“She didn’t want to be just a number at a bigger high school. Santa Sophia is an amazing opportunity to be part of something special.”

Enrolments at Box Hill’s highly anticipated Catholic college are underway and the school has attracted much attention in the community and the local media. 

Foundation principal Mark De Vries said the school would use the best learning and teaching techniques to allow children to build skills that they will use in their future workplaces. 

He said this involved problem solving, critical thinking, presentation, digital and financial literacy, community, creativity and collaboration.

“The school is special in that it will become a real community centre offering early learning, kindergarten to year 12, out of school hours care, a learning needs hub and post school pathways with tertiary and business partners,” he said.

When completed in 2020 at Terry Road, Box Hill, Santa Sophia Catholic College will accommodate 2000 learners. In the meantime, the college will be temporarily based in St John Paul II Catholic College in Schofields.

Kerrie said she was happy her daughter was involved in such an exciting education project and would be sending her four year old son when he is ready for school.

She was especially attracted to the Catholic values embedded in the school’s ethos.

“We want our children not only to get a great education, but have respect for others,” she said. We are going in a journey and believe this school is the future - we are all so excited about this.” 
Posted By CathEd Parra at 1/08/2017 3:19:45 PM

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