Dear Editor:

This is Catholic Schools Week. Every year during the last week of January, many Catholic schools celebrate with an opening Mass on Sunday, followed by an open house and a week of various celebrations.

In 2019, Governor Murphy declared, during his signing of a proclamation honoring this week, “Catholic schools provide students an education that emphasizes the formation of moral values and a commitment to community service. The welfare of the state requires that this and future generations of school-age children be assured ample opportunity to develop to the fullest of their intellectual capacities.” Catholic education goes beyond the core curriculum; through the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith we teach each child to reach inside and beyond to realize his/her own full potential spiritually and academically.

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Why do we celebrate at the end of January?

Although the school year begins in September, now is the best time to take stock and review your options. Choosing the best school environment is one of the many important decisions you will make for your children.  There are many options; public school, charter school, private school, or religious school. If you are considering Catholic education, it is an investment worthy of a lifetime, your child’s. The benefits of a Catholic school are many. They include:

  • Higher academic achievement,
  • Smaller class sizes,
  • A caring and challenging curriculum that includes the arts and technology,
  • The development of leadership, moral values, respect for self and others, and
  • Faith formation.

Step into a Catholic school at any time of the year and you will see positive student interactions among grade levels, classmates, and staff. It is through teaching the importance of faith in God and serving others that develops the whole person, creates character, and builds leaders.

Holy Trinity School provides opportunities for students to help one another, pray together, and learn more about themselves. Seventh graders teach kindergarten students how to tie their shoes. Second graders read stories they’ve written to sixth graders. PreK students perform plays for the elementary grade students. These are the moments in which we “teach more.”  There are so many opportunities for students to interact, such as in basketball, volleyball, track, and clubs which include robotics, chess, and scouting. And what about academics? Holy Trinity School is a Blue Ribbon School, a high standard for an elite group of schools throughout the nation. Our school is Middle States Accredited and all of our graduating eighth graders are accepted to their high school of choice. The graduating class of 2019 earned over $500,000. in scholarships to the various high schools of their choice. 

For over one hundred years, Holy Trinity School has educated students with the values and traditions of the Catholic faith and the vision of the education needed to be the successful leaders of our greater community. If you are looking for a school that not only teaches academics, a place where everyone will know your child by name, a place where your child will be loved and nurtured, consider Holy Trinity School. We teach more.

To learn more about Holy Trinity School, call for a tour or Student for a Day, (908) 233-0484 or visit our website, holytrinityschool.org.

Dr. Adele Ellis
Holy Trinity School Principal
Westfield, NJ