Executive Director Greg Whitby reads Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr Seuss
Executive Director Greg Whitby reads Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr Seuss

Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby,  joined Year 3 students at St Paul the Apostle Primary, Winston Hills for a special event to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Greg was greeted by a group of students pleading with him to ‘show us your socks!’ Greg took off his shoes to show a pair of his famous brightly coloured socks to the delight of the students. 

Greg brought in his favourite book, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day, by Dr Seuss which he read to a group of Year 3 students. 

He explained that he often asked teachers to read the book because it was about a school that students loved because they are taught to think not just sit a test. 

After reading the book to the enthralled group, Greg asked the students what sort of school they would like and one eager student piped up saying ‘ we already have a Diffendoofer school!’

Greg said it was great to get back into the classroom and spend some time reading with the students. 
‘Catholic Schools Week is an important time for us to celebrate as a community and to showcase the quality learning and teaching taking place in our schools every day,’ said Greg. ‘It is terrific to be able to spend some time with a great bunch of our students and discuss what makes a great school.’

This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week is 'More than a Great Education', and Catholic schools are celebrating throughout the week with special liturgies and Masses, events, open classrooms, school tours and a whole host of activities.


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Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese

Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese


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