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On 20 July, past and present staff, pupils, parents and governors gathered to celebrate the end of the 60th anniversary year of St Bede's Catholic High school Omrskirk with Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP was the celebrant and Father Godric Timney OSB delivered a thoughtful homily.
The music was led by a 100 strong choir of pupils, staff and parents and the Headteacher Mr Horrocks paid tribute to all those who had been part of the school community over the past 60 years. The deputy mayor of West Lancs was also in attendance.
The Mass was the culmination of a year long celebration of the life of the school. On the previous Saturday over 200 past pupils, parents and staff attended a celebration in the school. The evening involved entertainment from past and present pupils, including the comedian Jon Culshaw and boxer Tony Bellew.
St Bede’s Catholic High school opened its doors for the first time sixty years ago. As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Friends of St Bede’s have provided two new cherry trees to mark the anniversary. Councillor Savage, the Mayor of West Lancashire Borough Council, officiated at the tree planting and time capsule burial. The Friends of St Bede’s also supplied prizes for two competitions. One was for producing an appropriate contents list for a time capsule and the winner was Matthew Reynolds from Year 10. Isabella Murray in Year 8, won the 60th Anniversary logo competition. The trees were planted by staff and clients at Midstream a training centre in West Lancashire which caters for people with learning difficulties and other special needs.