Page 15, 27th January 1939

27th January 1939
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Page 15, 27th January 1939 — SCHOOLS IN THE NEWS

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NEW REORGANISATION SCHEME CONSIDERED At a meeting of the Warwickshire Education Committee held on Friday last, the elementary education committee presented a report in which reference was made to a substantial change in the attitude of Catholic echools towards reorganisation.

The Diocesan Schools Association, it was stated, has submitted more comprehensive suggestions dealing with all Catholic schools in the county.

The association proposes to retain the existing school organisation at Coleehill and Rugby. It wishes to proceed with Leamington and Nuneaton schemes if the County Education Committee will make concessions in the matter of transport. In return, it is prepared to agree to the decapitation of all other Roman Catholic schools in the county and to encourage the children to attend council or Church of England senior schools if provision can be made for religious instruction under the Anson by-law.

Having forced their fellow countrymen to courses of action contrary to their most cherished convictions. The committe could afford to be generous to the stranger in our midst.

It was decided that the cotimittee should give what help it could to refugee children in the way of admission to secondary schools and remission of fees.



Port Talbot Education Committee discussed a letter from Canon Hannon applying for a 75 per cent. grant for the erection of a new Catholic school for plus 11 children. One Councillor said the application formed itself into a question as to whether the general body of ratepayers should contribute a grant towards the erection of a denominational school. He could not understand why Catholics wanted their children educated at their own school. It was suggested that a deputation should be sent to the managers of the Catholic school to tell them that arrangements could be made for the education of children at the local senior schools, and that the application for e grant should be withdrawn.

This was agreed to. To the honour of Port Talbot it should be said that one Councillor refused to form part of the deputation, saying: "It is the most undignified deputation I have ever heard of."


NEW SENIOR SCHOOL TO COST £30,000 It was revealed at last week's meeting of the Education Committee that a new senior school designed to accommodate 520 of Nottingham's Catholic boys and girls and estimated to cost £30,000 is shortly to be built in the city. The Lord Mayor, Alderman J. Baldwin, who is chairman of the Elementary Schools Sub-committee, informed the Education Committee that his coramittee's report dealing with the matter would be ready for presentation at the next meeting of the full Education Committee.

Transport to the new school will also have to be considered. It is suggested that tokens be issued to the children for use on the buses. The matter is to be left, however, until such time as cases of hardship are reported.


BOARD REFUSE CATHOLIC SENIOR SCHOOL It was announced at a recent meeting of the Wrexham Education Committee that the Board of Education have refused an application for the erection of a proposed senior Catholic school in Wrexham on the ground of the Insufficiency of eleven plus scholars.


The Board wrote that the arrangements proposed by the managers of the school would involve the creation. of a new separate department for a number of children, which in the Board's opinion wouid not Justify it.

The Board accordingly suggested that the managers should consider the advisability of arranging with the local education authority for the attendance of the children from the Catholic school at the new Council senior schools about to be erected.


NATIVITY FLAY BY GIRLS AT NEW BOYS' CLUB A Nativity Play entitled The Prince of Peace was presented by the Senior Girls of St. Monica's, Hoxton, on Thursday, January 19, at 7.30, in the Hall of the Boys' Club, to a crowded audience of parents and friends. The play was beautifully and reverently acted, and the singing of the incidental carols and hymns was specially commended. The Old Boys of the Club were responsible lor the painting of the scenery. The Catholic Boys' Club attached to the Schools at Hoxton was recently opened at a cost of some £8,000.



The Middlesex Education Committee have recommended the County Council to make a grant at the rate of 75 per cent of the approved expenditure in aid of the provision of a new Catholic public elementary school for senior children near Donnington Road, Kenton. The finance committee of the Middlesex County Council will be asked to submit an estimate of 131,300 in connection with the grant of 75 per cent. of the approved expenditure of the school. The school will provide accommodation for about 480 children. The purchase price of the land is 12,750. The total cost is expected to be £39,250. Kenton is one of the new districts in the famous Harrow District Council.



At a meeting of the Herts Education Committee in London, statutory notice was received from the Managers of the Watford (Holy Rood) Catholic School to provide a new public elementary School for 200 senior children on a site of seven acres at. Watford Heath at £575 an acre.

The Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee recommended approval of the proposals. A grant of 75 per cent. of the actual total was recommended.


NEW JUNIOR SCHOOL FOR 290 The newest Manchester parish of Christ the King is to undertake the building of a junior school which will involve expenditure of some £10,900. The school is designed to accommodate 290 pupils, there will be a large assembly hall capable of seating about 500 people which will serve as a Mass centre for the parish. The work is expected to be completed by October. Owing to the lack of Catholic school accommodation in the district and the fact that children were forced to attend council schools,

many of the children in the parish even up to the age of thirteen had not made their first Communion and eome had never had any rrkiginus instruction at all.

To overcome this difficulty until the school is completed the Rev. John A. O'Neil is holding weekly Catechism classes in the old weaving shed church, which since the parish was opened about fifteen months ago, has served as a church and social centre.

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