St Paul's Catholic College Providing Education For The Diocese Of Westminster
Feast Day and 30th Anniversary
The Feast of St Peter and St Paul is always a special event at St Paul’s Catholic College but this year it has particular significance as it is the school’s 30th Anniversary where in 1988 St Theresa’s and Cardinal Godfrey came together to form one educational establishment. This academic year 2017/2018 is also the year the school was recognised as an `Outstanding Provider of Education’ by Ofsted.
The Mass was celebrated outside on the lawn on Friday 29th June with the whole school in attendance together with close associates and local members of thecommunity. Special guests included the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Jean Pinkerton, the MP for Spelthorne, Kwasi Kwarteng, Julia Corcoran (Advocacy Worker, Westminster), Edward de Quay (Development Worker, Caritas) and Kevin Lawler from CAFOD.
Father Philip Dyer-Perry presided over the celebration with many staff and students playing an active role in Mass, giving readings and offering prayers. The priest in his homily reflected on the unison of two very different schools coming together to become St Paul’s CatholicCollege alongside the England football team who use their unique gifts for the benefit of the team. Three doves were released during the Penitential rites, symbolising our need for peace and prayer for our troubled world. During the first reading a group of Year 8 students performedalongside the reading from the Acts of the Apostles on the conversion of St Paul. The wonderful voices of the school choir provided the musical accompaniment throughout Mass. The staff choir accompanied the Offertoryprocession whereupon symbols representing St Theresa’s and Cardinal Godfrey were offered along with the Romero Cross which was kindly given to the school by CAFOD.
As you are aware, during the period of Lent the school raised £12,500 for its nominated charity CAFOD throughvarious fundraising activities including the Sponsored Walk and we were delighted to present Kevin Lawler from CAFOD with a cheque after the Mass. With government matching, this will be doubled to the fantastic sum of £25,000.
The Mass concluded with everyone joining in song with the ‘The Servant King’; the school's hymn - a lovely close to a wonderful celebration.