Last Friday, the Our Lady of Fatima community celebrated new beginnings with the help of Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. The leader of the Diocese of Bridgeport led a mass and ribbon cutting to bless the official launch of the Wilton church’s Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy, introducing a new classroom model and educational approach as well as a different governance.

Also on hand were local officials, including State Rep. Gail Lavielle, State Sen. Will Haskell, selectmen Lori Bufano and Joshua Cole, as well as OLF’s Father Reginald Norman and Bridgeport Diocese Superintendent Dr. Steven Cheeseman. They all helped to cut the ribbon in front of OLF Academy students, parents and teachers and OLF parishioners.

The launch of the new academy model will incorporate a personalized approach to learning for each student in Pre-K3 through Grade 8, something introduced for the first time last year. In addition, educators at OLF will introduce multi-age classrooms for Pre-K through Grade 5. Outside of the classroom, families will now see a different Academy governance, more strongly rooted in the localized Wilton district.

Principal Stanley Steele says the move reflects both a confidence in the school by the Diocese of Bridgeport as well as a demonstration of how strong the community of families involved in the school is.