Opening the Door of Mercy in celebration of the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy on Sunday 13 December, 2015, was a catalyst for Morisset parishioner, Frances Dunn, in strengthening her community relationships and opening doors across the diocese.
The House of Hospitality first opened its doors to men recovering from alcoholism in 1991, and since then has evolved into a drug and alcohol-free, safe place for families and individuals experiencing homelessness to stay while they search for accommodation.
Emma Pratten, St Nicholas Newcastle West Assistant Director and 0-2 years room leader, has had her heart set on being an early educator since high school, where she built the foundations for her career by studying Children’s Services as part of her HSC. She has worked in both preschools and long day care for the past 15 years, and brings her own interests, in teaching kids about nature, to the centre.
Kendall Lyons, pictured above centre in her Book Week costume, is an Early Education Teacher and manages the preschool program at St Nicholas Early Education, Newcastle West. She shares why she’s so passionate about early education and why it’s important for children to learn social skills in preparation for school life.