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Holy Cross Girls’ PS – 50th Anniversary

Holy Cross Girls’ PS opened its doors to a wonderful new school for girls in the parish on May 12th 1969. Under the Principal, Miss Mary Hanson and her staff, the school provided exceptional education and was an oasis of calm during the political unrest at that time.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school the present principal, Mrs Maura McNally, and staff organised a special mass in Holy Cross Church on Thursday 31st May. The school orchestra and Primary 7 girls provided beautiful music. The P4 First Holy Communion class lead the congregation in the Our Father. The staff and children offered prayers for all those who worked over the years in Holy Cross Girls to make it the outstanding school that it is today. However, the highlight of the mass was the P1, P2 and P3 children who sang on the altar the beautiful hymn, Our Lady of Knock. The performance was followed by well-earned applause from the congregation many of whom had a tear in their eye.

Mrs McNally thanked all those who attended the mass in such a large number. She thanked everyone who worked in the school, past and present, for their commitment to the children and parish over the years and their contribution to making Holy Cross Girls’ PS ‘simply the best’.   She asked God to continue to bless them and the school in the years ahead.

Afterwards there was great excitement and delight as past staff, parents and pupils gathered in The Houben Centre to view old photographs and reminisce with old friends about times gone by.

The children were treated to a 50th Anniversary Buffet on Friday in school. They enjoyed their hot dogs, ice-cream, juice and sweets before the celebrations ended with a well-deserved disco when everyone let their hair down and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment.


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