Page 15, 25th February 1938

25th February 1938
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Page 15, 25th February 1938 — ILFORD'S URSULINE HIGH SCHOOL

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People: R. L. Covington
Locations: London


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A Protestant Parent Answers the Enemy

Ilford has lately had a dose of NoPopery administered to it by a Protestant lecture, a side fine being the distribution of an anti-Catholic leaflet at the High School kept by the Ursuline nuns.

That school has been made an object of attack, on the ground that its pupils include non-Catholic girls whose "contacts" with the school may be inimical to the Protestant convictions.

As to this, and on the question of the school generally, the Ilford Recorder for February 17 has printed a strong letter from a prominent Nonconformist parent in the district, Mr. R. L. Covington, whose own daughter is at the school.

An Unwarranted Attack

The recent attack on the Ursuline High School, Ilford, Mr. Covington writes, is, I fear, unwarranted and ill-conceived, and I, as father of a present Protestant pupil of the school and a member of a family not unknown in Ilford and other parts of London for its work in Nonconformist circles, can only regret ihat a Protestant Society should raise, with so little regard for and knowledge of the true conditions at the school. isaues which can only give rise in the minds of the scholars to con

flict between their loyalties to their school and to their religious principles.

The attack having been launched, it may be that the parents of some of the younger Protestant girls attending the school will view with concern the three or four years' course before them, but, from my experience, I am convinced that the school will honour its obligations to its many Protestant scholars.

"I Had Nothing to Fear"

Some five or six years ago, when wishing to enter my daughter to a secondary school, I was advised that the quieter and more sympathetic atmosphere of the Ursuline School was more in tune with her temperament, and I had to make what was to me then a decision of great importance. I experienced the usual fear of a close contact with Roman Catholicism, but, reassured by other Protestant parents whose girls had attended the school, and assured by her elementary school teachers and headmistress That 1 had nothing to fear, I decided to send her to the Ursuline School.

I have had no occasion to regret my decision, and in the five or six years she has been at the school, which she still attends, no attempt has been made by the school to sway her towards Roman Catholicism nor any trespass made against our religious convictions.

"My Daughter Has Been Fortunate Indeed" My personal contact with headmistresses and staff have convinced me that my daughter has been fortunate indeed to have studied under their guidance both educational and moral.

There may have been a few cases in past years where close contact with and school friendship with Roman Catholic children have ultimately proved stronger than home influence. but such defections cannot be attributed to direct instigation on the part of the school, the value of which to Ilford and to the many Protestant girls who have been educated there should be too well known to allow the minds of Protestant parents to be unduly disturbed by such unprovoked alarmist reports,

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