New principal puzzles parents

Our Lady of the Rosary principal Jackie Vella with Dimitri and Fiona Papaikonomou.

Our Lady of the Rosary principal Jackie Vella with Dimitri and Fiona Papaikonomou.

New Our Lady of the Rosary (OLR) Catholic Primary School, Fairfield principal Jackie Vella is challenging the parents as well as the students in her new role.

The former St Therese Catholic Primary School principal - who has a keen interest in mathematics and gifted education - subscribes to the theory that educating children is a partnership between the school and the parents.

It's why at recent interactive parent workshops she made the curriculum come alive for the parents so that they could live the experience of a maths problem solving lesson.

“It was so much fun and took me back to school,” said Dimitri and Fiona Papaikonomou, whose daughter started school at OLR this term.

Last week, OLR celebrated Catholic Schools Week - which marks the opening of enrolments for 2020 - by providing parents with multiple opportunities to engage in the life of the school.