Rejoice with us! Today, we opened the doors of the new St. Malachy Catholic School to welcome 257 new and returning students in Pre-K through 8th Grade. We’ve been blessed with this building, a tremendous $5 million learning facility, and excitement was high this morning as students and their families gathered in the school courtyard, where they were greeted by school principal Stephen Janczewski (Mr. J), and met their teachers.
In this new building, our students will have access to a library and technology center, a science lab, a cafeteria, a music room, a peace room and, soon, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a new playground and playing fields!
With this new space comes the opportunity to provide a quality Catholic school education to more students in our North Philadelphia neighborhood. Enrollment has increased by 41 percent this fall! The 3rd Grade and 6th Grade classes are full, but there are still a few spots open in the remaining grades. There is also room for more students in our Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 classes. As enrollment continues to rise over the next few years, we will ultimately serve more than 500 children.
After an opening prayer, the students and teachers made their way to their new classrooms and Mr. J invited parents to a breakfast reception in the school library and then led parents on a tour of the new school. At the reception, Mr. J introduced Independence Mission Schools president Anne McGoldrick and Father John McNamee, pastor emeritus of St. Malachy Parish, who said a few words to the families and then toured the school, leaving a blessing at each classroom.
Today was a wonderful start to what will be the first of many wonderful school years at the new St. Malachy Catholic School!