Coloma celebrated its 150th anniversary in the sunshine on the school field in a beautiful outdoor Mass, led by the Most Reverend Archbishop Peter Smith on July 11th 2019. It felt very fitting to celebrate the school in situ. Surrounded by the school, its pupils, governors, staff, clergy, former pupils, and various guests we were blessed as the sun shone and the community was able to come together to celebrate this very special school.
In his sermon, Archbishop Peter Smith, described the purpose of education as enabling ‘human flourishing’, the importance of living this out spiritually, and recognised that this has always been at the heart of Coloma. We were also honoured as a school to receive the Apostolic Blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis. In his blessing, he unites himself in thanksgiving with the pupils, parents, staff, Headteacher and Governors.
After Mass, guests were invited to visit our newly installed prayer garden; a wonderful, quiet, prayerful and serene area. Guests and pupils also enjoyed looking around the exhibition a selection photographs and other memorabilia is on display in the Performing Arts Centre; standing as a reminder of the people who have served the school in its 150 years.
Many things have changed in the school’s 150 year history but Coloma’s core values remain the same; putting Christ at the centre of everything we do. The school continues to live up to its motto, Laborare est Orare – To work is to pray.