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Bellerive FCJ Catholic College was honoured to host the family of the late Nelson Mandela during their visit to Liverpool.


Dr Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of the late president of South Africa, and his granddaughter Tukwini Mandela joined students in a special assembly held in the College’s new Sports Hall.  Also in attendance were Bishop Tom Williams, Bellerive governors and representatives from Mandela 8.  


Tukwini Mandela spoke to the students about the lessons she learned from her grandfather, especially the importance of reading, showing kindness and aspiring for great things.  She told the students that they will face challenges but that these are part of the journey towards achieving greatness in their lives.  Bellerive’s choir led the singing and the Mandela family were presented with a beautiful hand-made banner, created by the students as a memento of their visit.  On behalf of the FCJ sisters, the family were also given gifts from the Phillippines where the FCJ sisters are involved in many social enterprises.  


Mrs Niamh Howlett, Bellerive’s Head teacher, told the students that in times to come they would be able to tell their children and grandchildren that they were part of this momentous visit to Liverpool.


Year 10 pupils were also present when the memorial to Nelson Mandela was blessed in Princes Park.

Mrs Howlett said: “The oil drums planted in the ceremony and commissioned by Mandela 8 to represent the oil drums used as an allotment by Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment have been gifted to Bellerive.


“We will treasure them as a reminder of this special visit”.

Mandela family visit Bellerive

Tukwini Mandela spoke to the students about the lessons she learned from her grandfather

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