Our school was very fortunate to receive substantial funding from the Diocese and Camden Local Authority to carry out necessary improvement works to the building and also the outside environment. Major building works took place from 2012 to 2014 and resulted in a wonderful new learning environment for our school community.
The Mass to celebrate and bless our refurbished school building took place on Wednesday 24th September 2014 and it was a very memorable event for everyone concerned. Mass was celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, and other clergy. Archbishop McMahon is himself a past pupil of the school and we were delighted to welcome him back to see how the school had changed and bless the work completed. It was an opportunity for the school to give thanks to all the individuals and organisations such as Camden Local Authority and Westminster Diocese who have made this fantastic redevelopment of our school possible over the last two years. In his homily Archbishop McMahon talked about his own happy memories of the school and thought about the learning opportunities the children now have. He also spoke about how each one of us is created in the image and likeness of God and is unique.
The children were a credit to us all and we were incredibly proud of them. Their participation throughout the Mass was very reverent and so many parents and guests commented afterwards on the incredibly high standard of the readings, the singing, the responses and all the other roles carried out by the children. A massive thank you to all the children for their role in the Mass and particular thanks to the children who welcomed our guests before Mass began, who read or took part in the offertory and other parts of the Mass, the servers on the altar and the Choir who lead us all so beautifully in the hymns.
After the Mass, Archbishop McMahon blessed each classroom and other new areas inside and outside the building and had the opportunity to speak with many of the children while they enjoyed a treat in class. He was joined by a group of pupils, staff and Governor representatives and again the children were wonderful representatives for the school. We were delighted that so many parents/carers and other family members were able to join us for the Mass and also for refreshments afterwards. Archbishop McMahon enjoyed the opportunity to also speak with visitors during this time and has asked me to pass on his thanks for the very warm welcome he received and to say how much he enjoyed returning to the school for this occasion.