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St Marks begins its golden jubilee celebrations

Communities / Mon 19th Oct 2015 at 10:59am

By Shannon Pinnock

IT is with great pleasure for us as a school to be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Marks Catholic School. The students and teachers were all joined to honour the growth and achievements that past and present students have made. It was a fantastic celebration that touched the hearts of many, learning about the schools background was something that was an inspiration to the community and to us as present students to carry on with this legacy.

Mrs Gunn, a long term teacher of St. Marks since 1975 prepared a presentation to develop our knowledge of the schools background. St. Marks Comprehensive School began on the 8th September 1965 however, the year 7’s did not begin their next chapter of their educational experience at St. Marks as the building was not yet complete. It amazed us how there was only 100 pupils, 6 teachers and the founding headteacher Anthony O’Shea within the first cohort who moved to the site on 7th January 1966.

The assembly taught us about who our school was named after one of the four evangelists – Gospel Writers St. Marks who came from a wealthy Jewish family and was very well educated. It gives us as a school great confidence to know that our symbol the winged lion represents courage and leadership characteristics that we can take with us along our journey.

The school has been here for 50 years and throughout this period teachers that are here today, or have previously been here were former students of the school – former science teacher Mr. Paris was a student of both the secondary school as well as the sixth form, Mr. Bendall, Mrs Elward, Mr. Hockley, Mr. Richards and so on were also former pupils. Some staff have served for the St. Marks community for a considerable number of years: Mrs Gunn, Mr. Watts, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Walsh, Mr Kerrins and Mr. Gordon. Each of these outstanding teachers have offered wisdom and stability through their experience as well as offering support to the new staff that are joining our St. Marks family.

This special service enabled us to celebrate the achievements of past and presents students like David Hearn, Jackie Clune who are appearing in West End theatres in London, Roddy O’Shea – Mr O’Shea’s youngest son who is now the CEO of Intel Europe, Naomi Harryman who attended the school only two years ago who is focused on qualifying for the Olympics. The service did not only celebrate the accomplishments made by past students we were celebrating the talent that is before us as many pupils sang songs and many read readings in honour of this service.

Over the past 50 years so much has been achieved by the students of this school and we hope that much more can be achieved as we, the present pupils have the power to be the future of shape society.

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