50 years celebrated by Shirley School
Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School in Shirley, Solihull, celebrated 50 years in the borough with a visit from the Archbishop of Birmingham.
A special mass was held, led by Archbishop Bernard Longley, to mark the school’s golden anniversary and the completion of its extensive refurbishment programme.
Parents, pupils and staff were “delighted” with the school’s transformation into a modern, 21st facility.
Ben Taylor, deputy head said: “We were a building site for nearly 18 months having to manage the upheaval, disturbance and general disruption that this brings.
“It was definitely worth it as we now have a modern, light and airy building which will benefit children, staff and the wider school community for many years to come.”
During the mass, the part played by the Diocesan Schools Commission and Solihull Local Authority was acknowledged as well as the incredible £50,000 contribution from the school’s parents.
“It’s official, our new school building is amazing,” said proud pupil Saocha Murphy.
Aoife Fahy added: “Our refurbished school is way better than before. We have big airy windows and lockers for all our things. We even have sliding doors so we can join classes together!
Madeline Baughan said: “Our Lady of the Wayside’s celebration was tremendous. The mass was brilliant, a once in a lifetime experience! I am very proud to be part of Our Lady of the Wayside School.”