The academic year 2009/10 was an important anniversary for Coloma Convent Girls’ School. It was celebrated by triumphant birthday celebrations as Coloma turned 140. In 1869 the school was opened with one pupil by three Sisters of the Congregation of the Daughters Of Mary And Joseph (Ladies of Mary) – a year which also saw the arrival of earth shattering inventions such as the vacuum cleaner, chewing gum and the Kodak camera! Now, 140 years on, Coloma can proudly boast its position as being consistently on of the highest achieving girls' state school in the country. Head teacher, Mrs Maureen Martin, commented:
|The 140th birthday celebrations are a glorious time for our school. Coloma thrives on a strong family foundation and throughout this academic year we will be calling all past and former pupils to join in our calendar of celebratory events. As our school goes from strength to strength, we all look forward to the next 140 years with great excitement.
Mrs Maureen Martin, Headteacher
The anniversary was launched with the cutting of a special anniversary cake by the youngest Coloma student11 year old Kimberley Onah and its eldest known former pupil, 91-year-old Kathleen Des Moulins.
Mass of Thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral
This was swiftly followed on 28th September when over 1000 current students and more than 700 guests (made up of parents, old girls, ex staff and other friends of the school) celebrated Mass at Westminster Cathedral. The event was a great success and it was wonderful to see so many Coloma friends there.
The Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Father Robert Hamilton, Superior General of the Josephites, the ‘brother’ congregation of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph who founded Coloma in 1869.
During the Opening Hymn, symbols representing the history and work of Coloma were presented. A globe represented the international dimension of both the school and its founders: The school has just been awarded the International Schools Award and the Daughters of Mary and Joseph had earlier in the month launched a new primary school in Uganda also called Coloma. Lacrosse sticks characterised the school’s continued success in sports and a violin symbolised the outstanding musical achievements made by so many of the school’s pupils.
Celebration Concert at the Festival Hall
March 25th 2010 was the date set for the culmination of Coloma’s Anniversary Year, a whole school spectacular at the Royal Festival Hall. The date, the Feast of the Annunciation, was very appropriate as the event looked back to the birth of Coloma and celebrated its journey thus far.
The work of the whole school was celebrated through a wide range of magnificent subject and whole school displays and the stage programme allowed for recognition of pupil and former pupil achievements and contributions.
The audience of present and past students and staff, parents, guests, DMJ sisters was also treated to excellent performances of Music, Dance and Drama finishing with the World Premiere of “The Pearl” by Howard Goodall. This piece, which had been specially commissioned for the event took us through our own life journey and pointed us towards our everlasting life in a most spiritual, musical setting. Our girls are Pearls!
This is an event which will live with all who attended for the rest of their lives.
To order a copy of the DVD of the evening please contact the Marketing Department at Coloma.
Looking to the Future
For 140 years, the Coloma story has continued to be one of successful expansion, sharing the message and aspiration of its founder at Coloma and as girls leave throughout the world. The students of today, as much as the Sisters who started the school so long ago, continue to live out the school motto in all that they do, “To Work is to Pray. We look forward to the future with confidence and grateful thanks for all our rich history.