Catholic Herald Reporter ri"tWO large new primary schools are to be built by the Westminster Diocesan Schools Commission to relieve
severe " pressure spots " in Islington and Hammersmith, it was announced this week. They will cost about £60,000 each, and will provide for a total of 440 pupils with possibili
ties for further expansion.
1 hey will be the first permanent buildings to he erected as a result of the recent survey of primary schools carried out by the L.C.C. in conjunction with the Commission. details of which were given exclusively in the CATHOLIC HERALD in June.
"This is the third stage in the programme of substantial increases in Catholic primary school accommodation. agreed on as a result of the survey." a diocesan spokesman told me this week. "Results of the first two stages, dealing with increased temporary accommodation. are so encouraging that the original target date in late 1965 for the permanent buildings may have been reached by September 1964.
"Particular credit is due to the many school managers and teachers in the London area who have kept to the terms of the accommodation agreement made with the L.C.C., and thus made this increase possible." he added.
Nine other new primary schools have also been planned for Middlesex and Hertfordshire as part of the scheme to provide over 1,500 extra primary school places in the Westminster archdiocese between now and 1965.
Public notices have already been issued for four new primary schools in Middlesex and, in one case, the Commission has arranged to buy from the Middlesex Local Echicaton Authority half a twoform entry primary school which is superfluous to the Authority's requirements. This was described as a "very happy arrangement".
"In Hertfordshire." the spokesman added, "where five extra primary schools are being planned, we are particularly grateful to the religious orders who have undertaken to hear the cost of several of these buildings themselves."
CENSUS FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED
ACENSUS of mentally handicapped children is being made in the Southwark diocese by Fr. A. D. Paterson, Bishop Cowderoy's representative for all work concerned with handicapped children in Southwark diocese.
"We hope to get some idea of the scale of the problem which faces us," Fr. Paterson says, "so as to make as full provision as possible in all aspects of care for mentally handicapped children, whether or not they suffer from additional physical handicaps." Parents and guardians of handicapped children are being asked to send Fr. Paterson their names and addresses and any additional details which may be useful, even though their child may not need help at the present moment.
Hcadteachers to hold conference
"I■liE, need for Catholic head
teachers in tke. London area to meet to discuss common problems and share experiences was stressed by Mr. A. C. F. Beaks, Reader in Education at London University, when he addressed a meeting of Catholic headteachers sponsored by the Metropolitan Catholic Teachers' Association on "Catholic Schools' Strategy at Notre Dame Convent. Southwark, last week.
Headteachers at the meeting decided unanimously to hold a one-day conference at Digby Stuart Training College, Roehampton, on March 20. 1963, to discuss the staffing of Catholic schools. and the work of the Diocesan schools' commissioners.
KENYA'S NEW `AMBASSADOR'
PETER NJENGA, one of two 14-year-old Catholic boys from Kenya, who, arrived in London on Wednesday to publicise the Youth Helps Youth Campaign which is being organised by the Youth Council of Kenya to raise funds for starving and destitute children in Kenya.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 vagrant children—mostly six to 16 years of age—are picked up every year on the streets of Nairobi alone. Tragic histories of delinquency and crime, triggered off by initial physical deprivation, have become almost commonplace.
The Youth-Helps-Youth Campaign was launched in Kenya schools six months ago, with the children of Kenya raising funds for organisations helping their less fortunate fellows. But it soon became apparent that, if the target of £50,000 was to be reached. help from overseas would have to be sought. Relief organisations in Britain offered to help, and circulars outlining Kenya's needs are now being circulated to thousands of schools and youth clubs throughout the country.
It is hoped that each school or youth club will "adopt" one of Kenya's destitute children. Under this "adoption", each school will collect 2s. a day, making a total of £36 a year. which is enough to clothe and give education to the adopted child.
Peter Njenga, who is pictured above, is an ambassador for the thousands awaiting this " adoption". He was himself destitute before he found a place in one of the resdential youth centres in Kenya.
In a tight schedule for his visit to Britain this week, he will meet civic heads and educational representatives, and the Sword of the Spirit is arranging for him to visit the National Catholic Chaplaincy for Overseas Students, also leaders of the Young Christian Students' movement. A visit has also been scheduled to St. Benedict's, Ealing, where the boys arc making special efforts in the Freedom from Hunger Campaign.
Coffee-bars 'out' for schoolboys
CONFLICTING interests challenging the serious work of the grammar schoolboy today were described by Brother Alban. headmaster, at the annual prize distribution of St. Joseph's Academy, Blackheath, which took place at Lewisham Town Hall on Wednesday.
Television. after-school jobs, coffee-bars and clubs were, he said. designed to help boys and youths spend pleasant and safe evenings, but were not meant for the grammar schoolboy. It was the boy who sacrificed himself to become a serious student who succeeded, not the one with the most intelligence. Prizes and certificates were prepresented by Mr. C. L. Pountney. Secretary of the Anglo-Chilean Association, representing the Chilean Ambassador, who was unable to attend.
New Probation hostel opening
Catholic Herald Reporter
THE Society of St. Vincent de Paul is opening a new hostel in London on Monday for Catholic Approved boys on probation.
Situated in Leigham Court Road. S.W.16, and dedicated to St. Edmund, the hostel will eventually take in 20 boys, aged 17 to 20. in eight single rooms and three four-bed dormitories. It has been approved by the Home Office and will therefore receive grants from the Government and Local Authority.
Archbishop O'Hara, the Apostolic Delegate, will sing a Te Demo of thanksgiving at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Institute of St. Teresa at Cedar Court, Wimbledon. on December 11. Founded in Spain in 1911, the Teresians are members of a secular institute devoted to education. and came to England in 1952. They have houses at Wimbledon, Oxford and Bexhill-on-Sea.