Anniversary Day for us CGSers was no day off. Instead we attended Day 1 (of 5) of Level I Part I training. Level I means for the 3-6 age group and Part I means the first part of two parts of training for that age group.
5 catechists-to-be from St Pius attended, plus an occasional sit-in, and we had 1 from the atrium at St Mary’s School in Tauranga, 3 from Little Sweethearts Montessori preschool in Tauranga, a lecturer from Good Shepherd College, someone from the sacramental programme at the parish in Papakura, and another mum some of us know from our Montessori school who will unfortunately be returning to the US in a few weeks, but will take her new knowledge with her.
We were extremely lucky to be able to use the hall/function room at the school attached to our church, so we had airconditioning and a kitchen and a toilet, and a short walk down the driveway from the church after Mass, and back to the church to use the atrium.
It was a very full on week. Some of us had to semi take care of children while missing as little as possible, or take a tired pregnant body home for a nap at lunchtime, and the Tauranga trainees drove to Hamilton and back every day. Because there were a lot of physical presentations of works, we had to take things back and forth from the atrium, depending on where we were seeing the presentations. There were lectures too, and morning teas and lunches full of chatter (what a surprise!).
We all learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each other better. And we decided that we will need in invest in a fan for the atrium because it is sweltering at this time of year, with just one tiny window that opens and a huge one that doesn’t and gets all the afternoon sun.
Carol the trainer was extremely well prepared – I think about 3/4 of her luggage was atrium stuff. She also brought us a few presents, like Good Shepherd statues and snuffers and white cloths, plus tracing packets and Scripture booklets (we were a little confused about those!), and some info on the 6-9 programme so we can also make a start with our older children.
All in all, a thoroughly satisfactory week, challenging though it was. We are, however, glad to be able to not have to worry about organising that anymore, so we can focus on getting the atrium ready in the next few weeks. We’ve realised we need to organise a few more things before we can actually start sessions, so have taken the pressure of a tiny bit, but it won’t be long! And since we all want to cater for older children too, we will be doing a group organisation of the next lot of training… so watch this space for details when we have them.
The youngest trainee, who mostly behaved appropriately, but didn’t pay all that much attention.