Cardinal O’Malley speaks to children participating in teacher Bryan Sharland’s art class at Trinity Catholic’s lower campus. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
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BROCKTON -- The first day of school at a renovated facility and new faces in the classroom are exciting enough without Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, followed by a media entourage, touring the halls. But students at the new Trinity Catholic Academy experienced all these thrills and more on Sept. 10.
When the cardinal entered a classroom, students chimed in unison, “Good morning, Cardinal Seán.”
One girl in an art class with a new pencil box containing markers, crayons and pencils in an assortment of colors, said of the cardinal’s arrival, “I think this is so cool.”
The archdiocese combined three schools in Brockton -- St. Casimir, St. Edward and Sacred Heart -- as the first project of the 2010 Initiative, a plan to revitalize Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The three Brockton schools were located within a mile of each other.
The new school, Trinity Catholic, consists of an upper and lower campus. The former St. Edward’s building now welcomes students from pre-kindergarteners to third graders, and fourth through eighth grades are taught at the former St. Colman’s, which had previously been leased to two different educational groups.