Commercial Travellers' Schools
Archbishop's Letter, Catholic Champion
A letter sent from the Secretary to the Archbishop of Liverpool to Mr. H. R. Watson, Life-Governor and Honorary Vice-President Royal Commercial Travellers' Schools, reads as follows :
" The Archbishop, to whom I showed your letter, expressed his appreciation of the efforts made by the Liverpool Branch of the National Union of Commercial Travellers to secure freedom of instruction and practice to all entrants to the schools.
"If there are any Catholic children in the schools, he certainly holds that they should be given the Opportunity of instruction in the Catholic Faith and of practising their religion, and he approves of your action in the endeavour to obtain this freedom for t hem."
Mr. F. J. Ashcroft, 42, Birmingham Road, Kidderminster, would be very pleased to receive letters or postcards from commercial travellers who are in sympathy with the endeavour to change the conditions of entry.
Archbishop to Lay Foundation Stone
The foundation stone of the new schools and parish hall for St. Osburg's, Hill Street, Coventry, will be laid tomorrow, Saturday, November 5, by Mgr. T. L. Williams, D.D., M.A., the Archbishop of Birmingham.
Accommodation is provided for babies' reception department, planned as a separate unit with its own cloakrooms, lavatories, and toy store, as well as provision for infants and juniors with special room for practical subjects.
In conjunction with the school buildings, the parish hall will be rebuilt, with special arrangements with regard to stage, refreshment room, cinema projection room, dressing rooms and green rooms and also a spacious crush hall so as to serve as a social centre for the needs of the parish. .4 special dance floor will he provided in the hall as well as facilities for catering and serving refreshments.
The design has been prepared so as to enable the existing schools and parish hall to function and remain in operation whilst the new buildings are being erected.
The school is planned to accommodate 288 juniors and infants and will be erected from designs prepared by Mr. George Bernard Cox, and the contractors are Collins and Godfrey, Tewkesbury.
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Unique Achievement of St. Bernard's
The following is an extract from a letter addressed to the Headmistress, dated October 21 :— " I have great pleasure in informing you that the Council of this Society has awarded the Sir Cuthbert Grundy Challenge Shield to your school.
"Including the year 1934 when your School was hors contours, this is the fourth year in which St. Bernard's has won the trophy. a success which is unexampled in the history of the Society.
" The Council desires me to convey to you their most cordial congratulations on this notable record and to express their appreciation of the artistic talents and industry of your pupils and the excellence of the teaching they receive.
" The number of schools taking the Examination this year exceeded a thousand and the school which last year gained the Shield, the City of London School for Girls, this year took second place...."
Middlesex Agreeable to Plan The Middlesex Education Committee at their meeting last week decided to raise no objection to the provision of a Catholic
Senior School to accommodate 250 children in Oakleigh Park South, Friern Barnet, and are recommending the County Council to aid their provision financially under the Education Act of 1936.
Scheme Opposed—and Defended
Because of Kent County Council's refusal to make grants in respect of children from one county area attending a non-provided school in another area, Erith Council, at their meeting last week, decided to reject a proposal by Catholics to build a new school at Bostall Heath.
Councillor Wilson pointed out that extra classrooms would have to be built at Bedonwell School unless the new Catholic school was erected, and that some thirty or more children from Bedonwell School would go to the proposed school which the Catholics were prepared to build at their own expense.
Crowded Meeting Supports Catholic Scheme
Kidderminster Catholics attended in large numbers at St. Patrick's Hall after the evening service on Sunday, when they re-iterated their determination to proceed with the scheme for the erection of a senior school at Hagley.
The scheme has been rejected by the Local Education Committee on the grounds of the cost of transport.
The Rev. J. H. Faulconer-Morgan, the new parish priest, presided, accompanied by the Rural Dean (the Rev. P. J. Bierings) and the Rev. F. V. Lucas.
Fr. Faulconer-Morgan said Mgr. T. L. Williams, the Archbishop of Birmingham, had urged him to do all he could to have the school at Hagley.
He would do his utmost to carry out the wishes of the Archbishop, and he was confident that he would have the support of the parishioners.
The Rural Dean recalled that at the last parish meeting a resolution was passed that the offer made by the Local Education Authority of places at Habberley Road Council School was not acceptable to the Catholics of Kidderminster for several reasons.
A Fighting Resolution
One of the parishioners moved a resolution that they reaffirmed their determination to proceed with the Hagley scheme.
" We _must tell the Council that the Habberley Road School will not satisfy the Catholics of Kidderminster," he said.
" Our forefathers fought hard for Catholic education and we are not worth our salt if we do not put up a fight."
The seconder said :
" We have maintained a Catholic school for 100 years or more, and we are not going to entertain any scheme which entails sending our children to nonCatholic schools," he added.
The resolution was carried unanimously, and the Rector said, " We shall see that our children get the most efficient instruction possible, as Catholic children under Catholic teachers."
Extension to St. Anne's Opened
An extension to St. Anne's Secondary School, Southampton, consisting of an assembly hall, ten classrooms, laboratories. and domestic science room, was blessed and opened by Mgr. Cotter, Bishop of Portsmouth, last Thursday.
In an address to the school, Dr. Cotter congratulated the Reverend Mother and community of La Sainte Union des Sacres Coeurs on the magnificent new buildings which, he said, would enable them to carry on their work even more successfully than they had done in the past.
As Bishop, he was very proud of St. Anne's. which. in competition with some of the oldest established schools, had won its way to the very front rank.
He 'aclieved there-was not a school in the (Continued at foot of next column.) country, Catholic or non-Catholic, which gave a better education than St. Anne's.
An Old-fashioned Mother
The Mayoress of Southampton, who was accompanied by the Mayor (Councillor G. E. H. Prince), spoke to the children as " an old-fashioned mother." She recalled that her own daughters attended the school, and went on to say that although she was proud of being a grandmother, and of being oldfashioned, she also believed in moving with the times.
The safest and best way of moving with the times was to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
The ceremony concluded with the singing of the Te Deum and the hymn to St. Anne. Dr. Cotter and the Mayoress were thanked in a charming little speech by the school captain.
At Dr. Cotter's request, the children were granted an extra day's holiday.
Council Adopt Recommendation
On Monday of last week the recommendation of the Education Committee of Hornsey Borough was considered at a meeting of the full Council.
The Committee, as reported, recommended that no grant be made because (a) the number, 160, would not allow of efficient organisation (b) there was already sufficient accommodation in the borough schools.
The formal proposals submitted in August counted on at least 200 senior children drawn from St. Paul's, Wood Green and Hornsey.
Catholic Councillor's Defence
Mr. W. V. Wall, who is the only Catholic representative on Hornsey Borough Council, said that naturally the Catholics were very disappointed at the result, and surprised that there was such a discrepancy between the figures given by the Church authorities and those furnished by the Director of Education.
On that account alone he thought that it ought to be referred back for further consideration.
The Education Authority in Tottenham, under the powers given to them in the 1936 Att, had actually purchased a site for the erection of a school. The Church authorities had a better site in Hornsey, and it was up to the Hornsey Education Authority to use the powers they had to purchase that site.
At present many Catholic children from Hornsey attended the Catholic school at Wood Green, and the Wood Green authorities got no payment from Hornsey for them.
Throughout London negotiations are going on to purchase sites with the assistance of the L.C.C., and if Hornsey did not do something, he feared it might come back on them through the Board of Education.
The amendment was seconded by Mr. Alderman Double. Several councillors spoke in favour of it. The chairman of the Education Committee of Hornsey, Mrs. Councillor Cave, was very sympathetic. The amendment was, however, defeated, only Mr. Wall and Alderman Double voting for it.
But the matter can hardly rest there.