APPEAL TO BOARD WITHDRAWN At the meeting of the Essex Education Committee last, week, it wan reported that a further communication from the Bishop of Brentwood had been received re the proposed new Catholic school for 320 junior and infant children at Porters Avenue, Barking, Essex.
On the understanding that the proposed new school would be reduced to 280 places and that the promoters did not intend to admit Essex children, it was resolved that the appeal to the Board of Education be withdrawn.
Both Barking and Ilford authorities have given their approval to this project.
SENIOR SCHOOL PLAN AGREED At the meeting of the Essex Education Committee last week, it was reported that the Catholic authorities were desirous of providing a Senior School for about 500 children who are now attending Dagenham, Romford and Hornchurch schools.
Last July the committee agreed that eight acres of land, forming a part of their site at Becontree Heath Farm, Dagenham, be sold to the authorities for the erection of a senior school. Details in regard to the number of children at the proposed contributory schools were submitted and further consideration was given to an application from the Bishop of Brentwood for a grant under the provisions of the 1936 Education Act.
After careful consideration, the Senior Schools Sub-Committee recommended (1) that a grant of 75 per cent. of the. agreed cost of providing the new school be made to the managers, and (2) that In the first instance 60 per cent. of the school staff, excluding the teachers of practical subjects, shall be regardA as reserved teachers and that, if desired by the managers, the matter be reviewed after the school has been open for one year.
To this the Essex Education Committee agreed.
SALESIAN COLLEGE, BATTERSEA
CAPTAIN EYSTON AT OLD BOYS' DINNER A very successful meeting of the Salesian Old Boys' Association, at which about 160 were present, took place at the Salesian College, Battersea, on Sunday, January 8. Captain G. E. '1'. Eyston, M.O., Chev. de In Leg, d'Hon., presided.
The Rector. the Very Rev. Fr. V. Couche, S.C., B.A., in opening the meeting in the college hall, expressed his pleasure at seeing such a fine attendance. He thanked them for their interest in the association, an interest which was largely responsible for its very flourishing condition.
The Very Rev. Fr. B. M. Tozzi, S.C., Provincia/, proposing the health of Captain Byston, said that he was proud to welcome in their guest a direct descendant of St. Thomas More, a man with a history of fine Catholic traditions, which, were re-echoed in his own fine Catholic family life.
He thanked him and his wife for the great help they had given to the Salesian work for poor boys at Blaisclon.
He welcomed him also as a sportsman, comparing him with St. John Bosco, who, as a young man, was able to challenge and defeat even the professional acrobat in feats of strength and endurance, and congratulated him on the records he had broken.
Captain G. E. T. Eyston thanked Fr. Tozzi for his kind remarks. He assured him that he and his wife were always ready to do what they could to help the Salesian work, Referring to his racing work, he spoke of the strain inseparable from the task of checking details and arranging transport, and paid a great tribute to the un-murmuring patience of he splendid British crew. He felt that in his own case his Catholic Faith had always steed him in good stead en those trying circumstances.
He regretted that his absences abroaa had prevented hint from taking as active a part as he would have wished in the soccer, in which he had a very keen interest. In conclusion, he thanked the organisers of the reunion for inviting him to preside, which he had done with very great pleasure, and he wished the association continued prosperity.
The evening's programme concluded with the showing, in the college hall, of the talkie film, Don Bosco.
ALDERSHOT SENIOR SCHOOL
TO ADMIT FARNBOROUGH CHILDREN At a meeting of the Aldershot Borough Education Committee last week a letter from the County Education Officer stated that the County Committee had agreed that if a Senior School for Catholic children was erected at Aldershot they would accept financial responsibility for any Catholic children from Farnborough who may attend the school.
Further, that their contribution towards the cost of education of these children should be calculated on the basis of the Education (Institution Children) Act, 1923.
The letter, together with the observations received from Canon F. O'Farrell, was referred to the special committee dealing with Senior. Schools,
National Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Cardinal Hinsley will lead the National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lade of Lourdes, which leaves London on Tuesday, May 16. Other Bishops in the pilgrimage will be the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Bishops of Plymouth, Clifton, Nottingham, Menevia, Hexham and Newcastle, and Lamus. The intention of the pilgrimage is for the preservation of peace among all nations. The director is the Very Rev. Canon C. J. McKenna.