JFK 50th Anniversary Mass
On Wednesday 27th September 2017 we marked the beginning of our Golden Jubilee year with a whole-school Mass. We were joined by members of the Governing Body and the headteachers of our local Catholic primary schools. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Brendan Seery, a student of JFK between 2001 and 2008. In his homily Fr. Brendan reflected on the significant changes in the world during the past fifty years but suggested that the core values of our school were still strongly rooted in its faith life. He remembered, with affection, his time at JFK and said that he felt extremely privileged to be celebrating this special Mass with the school community.
It was a wonderful celebration and was the first time that the whole school community has come together in the Sports Hall. In a short address to conclude the Mass Paul Neves, Headteacher, relayed some of the early memories of the school received from one of the teachers who was on the staff (of four teachers) when the school opened its doors to 100 students in 1967. These memories showed that many aspects of the school have not changed a great deal over the fifty years. In particular, we are told that the first headteacher, Mr Singleton, ‘was passionate about the sense of community and belonging for children to enhance their self-esteem and develop a proactive approach to their education. The systems he introduced were aimed at reflecting the values of equality, respect and community development.’ Fifty years later those themes are just as important to JFK today.