OPENING the £1 million Mary Ward. Catholic College of Education at Keyworth. Notts, on Tuesday, Princess Anne said: "Your foundress was obviously a remarkable and far-sighted woman. Her spirit has survived for many years, through many difficulties, and I am sure continues to be an inspiration."
The Princess, given a rousing reception at the college entrance by 1.000 flag-waving schoolchildren, spent two hours touring the buildings, which are spaced over 27 acres and designed with modern and striking simplicity.
She was welcomed at the college gates by Bishop Ellis of Nottingham and Archbishop Beck of Liverpool.
"EXCITING TIME" Sister Mary Marry, the principal, said this was an exciting time for teachers because youth today was so keen on what was happening in the world. "It is our job to foster this idealism," she said.
The order contributed 25 per cent of the total cost of the building and equipping the college as well as paying for its simple but impressive chapel, which seats 450.
The Princess unveiled a commemorative plaque and signed the visitors' book in the chapel before touring the college to meet students and staff.
The Mary Ward College was originally planned to provide a three-year training course for 300 women, but during its design and construction, facilities were expanded at the request of the Secretary of State for Education and Science. to accommodate 540 students, of whom 225 are in six halls of residence within the college grounds.