Fairfield – Fridays at Saint Catherine Academy are usually very busy. But this Friday was even more so – we had two very special visitors come to share is a ‘typical’ day at Saint Catherine Academy. But as most visitors find out, there is no such thing as a typical day! Bishop Caggiano and Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, Superintendent of Schools saw firsthand what – and how our students learn.
First stop was photos in front of St. Catherine of Siena. Her statue is the centerpiece of the entry way of the school. Then it was down to hall to the Life Skills apartment where the students were preparing a fruit salad as part of a special snack for our visitors.
With Eli on one side and Kelly across the table, Bishop Caggiano heard about Kelly’s favorite class, reading, where she is using computer aided technology to read Romeo and Juliet and about Eli’s job of cutting pineapple for the fruit salad. The students had baked muffins yesterday in preparation for Bishop’s visit.
Finally, Bishop Caggiano and Sr. Mary Grace followed the school van up to Easton where a group of students were working at their job site at Gilberties’ Herb Farm. Jennifer explained the job – loading and stacking pots for the soil machine. Today they loaded and stacked 11,000 pots. This is the busy season at the Herb Farm and the students are helping by getting the pots ready to be filled. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbertie came by to meet Bishop Caggiano, who thanked them for providing an opportunity for our students to have an authentic vocational experience.
Back at Saint Catherine Academy, another group of students returned from seeing the Notre Dame Student production of Hairspray. They loved the show and its foot tapping music!
All in all, it was a great day at Saint Catherine Academy.