Diocese officially opens newest site for St Nicholas at Newcastle West

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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is excited to announce the official opening of St Nicholas Early Education, Newcastle West tomorrow. The Newcastle West site will be the second for the diocese under the St Nicholas name, following the Singleton centre's opening in May.

Moving into early education sees the diocese continue to extend its services throughout the community, says Bishop Bill Wright:

"As a diocese we are continually working to support people in our local communities – through faith and worship in our churches, education in schools and social services at CatholicCare. Now with early education at St Nicholas, we can continue to assist families by offering quality care for children,"

"I'm pleased to officially open our Newcastle West centre tomorrow, and extend our services to two within the Newcastle and Hunter regions," Bishop Wright said.

By moving into early education, the diocese hopes to offer a smoother transition to school for children says Vice Chancellor Administration, Sean Scanlon:

"Being part of the diocese, St Nicholas is supported by the resources of each of our agencies – meaning we can offer parents access to dedicated pre-school programs for four and five year olds, seeing children able to link with local Catholic primary schools and become familiar prior to starting school,"

"Our Newcastle West site is the latest in what we envisage to be a number of early education centres throughout the region in the next few years. We're committed to providing parents access to quality early education where they need it." Mr Scanlon said.

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What: Official opening of St Nicholas Early Education, Newcastle West
When: Wednesday 15 June, 10.00am
Where: St Nicholas Early Education – 845 Hunter St, Newcastle West.
Who: Bishop Bill Wright, Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp, Newcastle City Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, senior leaders from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.