Bishop blesses St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford as new building programme begins
Chairman of the Westminster Diocese Education Commission, the Right Reverend John Wilson, visited St Mary’s Catholic School in Bishop’s Stortford to officially open refurbished classrooms.
The bishop also blessed Year 11 and Year 13 as they head towards their GCSE and A-levels this summer and celebrated mass with Father Peter Harris, in charge of the parish church of St Joseph and the English Martyrs in Windhill and his cleric counterparts in Ware and Cheshunt, Fathers Charles Cahill and Clement Nyarko.
Head pupils Amy Brogan, Felix Cameron-Mowat, Ellie Gallimore and Joe Wright said: “He was inspirational; for example, his experience of working in prisons really opened our eyes to how we should care for all sections of society, not just the more obvious in need. He also challenged us to consider what will make us really happy in life, and how often that is our relationship with others and ourselves, rather than possessions and material things.”
After completing the classrooms and science block redevelopment, the school is about to embark on phase three of a £5m refurbishment programme and Mr Celano added: “At a time when the school is enjoying the fruits of successes in so many areas, for example results, new facilities, and a cohesive, joyful staff and pupil community, Bishop Wilson gave us great encouragement and a further boost to keep striving for ever-better things for all within that community.”
He said the bishop was keen to be kept informed of developments and successes as the school looks ahead.