CAUT1ON in regard to comprehensive schools and the need for trained and specialist teachers in our Catholic secondary modern schools were notes sounded at the 42nd annual conference of the Catholic Teachers Federation held earlier this week at Bristol.
Our grammar schools, being an invaluable part of the educational life of the country, should be retained, so speakers maintained, while close scrutiny continues on the present experiment of the comprehensive school. In regard to our Catholic children being prepared to play their part in the new scientific age, it was argued that the Government should in its drive for new teachers, give due consideration to the need for trained teachers in our many new Catholic secondary modern schools.
Bishop Rudderham of Clifton welcomed the members of the Federation on Tuesday after Mass in the Pro-Cathedral. and a civic reception was given by the Lord Mayor of Bristol. The new president is Mr. J. 1. Wells, who succeeds Miss P. McMahon.
" Now we meet under the shadow-or dare I say under the hopeful light 7 of the recent White Paper on Secondary Education for All,'" said Bishop Rudderham of Clifton, in his address on Tuesday. For the first time since the passing of the 1944 Education Act voluntary school building was placed alongside that of the county schools. Now Catholics are required to submit their proposals for the schools they required during the next two to five years. " Our programme is going to be a bi.g one," said she bishop.
" We haven't got much time to prepare the first part-indeed, the demand to submit our full proposals for the next two years before the end of this year is quite unreasonable. But we have already at least given an outline of what we .propose for that period, and it rather took my breath away when we had prepared it."
After describing the difficulties Catholic schools were at present labouring under, the bishop went on to renew the demand for a flat rate grant of 75 per cent. for all voluntary school building.
Lower grant higher fees
Difficult days ahead for St. Aloysius' College. Glasgow-"and, I should imagine, for most fee-paying schools like it"-were forecast by the headmaster, Fr. John Tracy, S.J., in his annual report at the College prize-giving last week.
The "very generous level" of grant the College had been receiving in recent years was going to be reduced. This meant a relatively small increase in fees in the present session, and in the next one a more substantial rise which would gradually increase over five years, to balance a corresponding gradual decrease in the supplementary grant from the Scottish Education Department.
Quemoy priest decorated
Fr. Bernard Druette, 0.F.M., the nnly Catholic missionary on Quemoy. has been decorated with the " Brilliant Flower " medal by the Chinese Nationalist Government of Formosa for his rescue work and giving of medical treatment during the bombardment of the island. Fr. Druette is a qualified physician.
Fr. Druette celebrated midnight Mass at Christmas in a church on Quemoy built with his own hands, Afterwards he said three further Masses at scattered points on the island.
Stage Guild Gala Concert
Joan Hammond, who shortly returns to Sutlers Wells for a season, will make her first appearance in a Catholic Stage Guild Gala Concert at the London Coliseum on Sunday, February 8. at 7.30 p.m. Among the other artists giving their services for this annual event are Vic Oliver, Harry Bailey, Tony Hughes, Walter Midgely, Catherine Lacey, and Viola Lyel. The guest of honour will be the Apostolic Delegate. Archbishop O'Hara, and another distinguished patron will be Bishop Cashman. Tickets may be obtained at G. S. Lashmar's, 77 Davies Street, W.I.