BY CHRISTINA WHITE
CARDINAL Comae MurphyO'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, travelled to Andover in Hampshire this week to open a new kindergarten and pre-prep building at Farieigh School.
The ceremony was attended by pupils, staff and governors of the school together with invited guests.
The Cardbuil blued each of the new classrooms and unveiled a plaque in the new building. He then unveiled a bronze statue of the Madonna and Child in the prep-school courtyard (see left), sculpted by Nicholas Fiddian-Green of Bramley and donated by a friend of the schooL The new development which includes eight clawrooms, a lihrary, an activity mom and a large outdoor allweather playground is the first phase in a plan to improve facilities at Farleigh. Future projects include a new art and design and technology facility and an indoor swimming pooL Headmaster John Aficon said that the much admired bmnze Madonna was destined originally for Capuchin Monks in South Wales.
"They decided not to take it," he said. "We feel incredibly fortunate to have such a beautiful piece of artwork."
The statue has been placed in one of the busiest places in the school. "The children pass by it many times in the day," said Mr Altai& "She is much loved and central to school life which is just as the donor wished it to