By JOHN GORALSKI
The soccer team arrived just as the ribbon cutting was about to begin, and a few students—still dressed in their school uniform—joined the procession of student tour guides that wound their way through the corridors of Southington Catholic School.
On Aug. 23, the collaboration between local parishes opened their doors with a ribbon cutting by the Archbishop of Hartford. On Thursday, Oct. 29, a second ribbon cutting was held to give local officials a chance to view the school, now in its first year of classes.
The local Pre-K through Grade 8 school celebrated an ongoing effort to become a part of Southington’s educational services by celebrating their new entry into the Southington’s Chamber of Commerce. The event, sponsored by the chamber, gave local and state officials a chance to see the school and its community.
“I love being in a classroom and seeing ones like I visited here,” said State Rep. Joe Markley (R), a former parochial school teaching in Washington, D.C. “Everyone was smiling, and the teachers were as happy as the students. I think that there’s a special spirit that comes from the love that permeates an effort like this. Proper teaching can’t take place unless that’s part of the education, too. Thank you for doing this for our children.”
Students and athletes then began a tour of the school, including the decorated classrooms, the computer labs, and the robotics table that was set up in the school cafeteria. Students and soccer players demonstrated their projects, including one student who was connected into the robotics demonstration through an internet video chat service.
Principal MaryPat Wirkus said that the school, which is mainly a melding of the former St. Thomas Elementary School and the St. Dominic School, has already shown a small but vibrant spirit in its inaugural school year.
“Our mission states it very clearly,” she said. “Southington Catholic School is a Christ centered, nurturing learning community that fosters Catholic faith based values in our students while achieving academic excellence. Our students will become responsible and faith filled leaders with creative minds, compassionate hearts, and the courage to act on our beliefs.”