Family Educator

In 2011, a Family Educator was appointed to the school by the CEO. The Family Educator role aims to build upon the work of our dedicated staff in upholding and nurturing the religious life, spirit and support network of our families in the school community; to strengthen the relationship between families and the sacramental life our Parish of St Francis Xavier, Lurnea; to provide opportunities for exploring and nourishing the spirituality of our parents; and to support parents in their sacred task of teaching their children as they grow in all aspects of their development: spiritually, educationally, socially and psychologically. 

Family Educator:
The role of the Family Educator is to nurture strong and meaningful parish/parent/school relationships and to explore new models of supporting the spiritual, social and educational formation of families.

There are four domains in which the Family Educators work to do this. They are:
1. Connecting/reconnecting/enhancing the faith life of parents.
2. Connecting/reconnecting/enhancing families to the faith life
of the school.
3. Connecting/reconnecting/enhancing families to the faith life
of the Parish.
4. Enhancing family well-being.

Our Family Educator Natalie McMahon 
In each school/parish community, a variety of initiatives/events/activities are planned in each of the four domains. Some of these initiatives include:

SPaR (Parent Prayer): SPaR is a short time of prayer for the parents/cares and grandparents of our community. You are invited to come for about 10 mins after Monday morning assembly. There is no expectation on you to do anything, you will not be asked to read or speak (if you don’t want too), just the opportunity to begin your week in prayer.

Family Week Activities: Various activities during family week to further engage parents with the school community

Candle making workshops: For students making their Confirmation

Flash mob: In 2016 a number of students in year 5 & 6 took part in a Refugee Week Initiative. These students were joined by approximately 60 other students from St Francis Xavier Lurnea, Clancy Catholic College and Holy Spirit Carnes Hill to carry out a Flash Mob during Refugee Week at Liverpool Westfield’s. The students worked really hard and were very excited to be part of this public support of one of our most vulnerable of people.  As part of this initiative students had an opportunity to not only meet each other but listen to guest speakers from The Australian Refugee Council share some facts and their own personal story of seeking asylum.  Click on the image below to see video footage and read more about this event.