In a field of their own: meet the class of 2015 at Hunter's newest school

Maitland is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW and this month, its growing population in Thornton North was delighted to have confirmation of the news they had been praying to hear for years: a new Catholic school will be built by 2015*.

In a field of their own: meet the class of 2015 at Hunter's newest school

Chisholm Catholic Primary School will be a two stream (K - 6) school with an eventual capacity of 420 students, serving families from surrounding suburbs.


Those families include the Locking, Atkins and Willingham families who have already registered their interest in the school. The three families hope that their daughters, Amelia, Ava and Maddison (pictured on the site of the new school), will begin in the school’s first Kindergarten class in 2015.


 “It’s perfect for us,” said Keely Locking, who, with husband Adam, was delighted to learn that the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is establishing a new primary school, almost in their backyard. “We’re only two streets away and it’s all about family for us; you certainly get a good vibe here.”


The new school will be located on a parcel of land within the Waterford County residential subdivision. It will be ecologically sustainable and accessible for all, with flexible learning spaces and a contemporary design.


Todd and Kristen Atkins were one of the first couples to move into the subdivision and have watched the area develop. Todd said, “It’s exciting that the school will be eco-friendly, and brand new facilities are very appealing.””


Director of the Catholic Schools Office, Mr Ray Collins, is excited that a new school will soon be available to meet the ever-increasing demand for high quality Catholic education in the Lower Hunter region.


"The Maitland region is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW and the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is committed to providing the necessary infrastructure to match this growth," Mr Collins said.


"Students at Chisholm Catholic Primary School will be encouraged and supported in their faith, will develop the tools and skills of independent and critical thinkers and will blossom under the encouragement and wisdom of their teachers," Mr Collins said.


Like the other couples, Danielle and Daniel Willingham are thrilled that their daughter Maddison will belong to the “class of 2015” in a brand new school.


Expressions of interest are now being taken. People considering enrolling their child in Chisholm Catholic Primary School in 2015 are encouraged to phone 4979 1207. Visit the Catholic Schools Office Galleries page for some artist impressions of the new school.


* subject to STCA and CBGA approval.

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