Pupils go back in time to celebrate Centenary!

Posted on 07 Oct 2019

Our pupils enjoyed a history lesson with a difference recently when they went back in time to celebrate the school’s centenary.

Although we have been marking this 100-year milestone with events throughout 2019, a special week of celebrations was organised at the end of September to mark our actual birthday.

It was on Monday 22nd September 1919 that St. Mary’s - then called the Catholic Institute of Crosby - opened its doors for the first time, with an initial intake of just over 80 boys.

The centenary celebrations included 'Back in Time' lessons throughout the week which gave pupils the opportunity to learn about the teaching and learning methods of the past.

In addition, Year 7 pupils dressed up in period clothes to re-enact the first-ever school day at St. Mary’s, and to pose for photos outside Claremont House, the original school building that is still in use as the school’s Bright Sparks nursery today.

Other highlights of the week included a 'Back in Time' lunch for lower school pupils, inspired by the so-called Peace Parties that were widely held throughout the UK in 1919 to mark the end of the Great War.

Historic tasty treats on the lunch menu included ham and cucumber sandwiches, buttered swede, crab pot, crumpets with lemon curd and scones with jam.

The week of celebrations concluded with a whole-school Mass at St. Helen’s Church in Crosby, which was celebrated by Bishop Tom Williams and attended by pupils and staff from St. Mary’s College and Preparatory School.

All students had been given a centenary T-shirt as a keepsake which they wore at the Mass, and at a celebration lunch back at the senior school which followed the service.

The festivities concluded with all College pupils and staff being photographed in the shape of a giant 100 from the first-floor window of Claremont House, the building where it all began a century ago.

St. Mary’s Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented: “We’ve had some fantastic celebration events throughout the year, and this week of special activities was equally successful.

“As well as being a lot of fun it was lovely for the whole school community to join forces and celebrate this special and memorable occasion together.”