Wee school gives BIG welcome to Archbishop Cushley
A SELKIRK school with just 15 pupils gave a big welcome to Archbishop Cushley on a special visit.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary invited him on Wednesday to show all that’s great about their school.
They were joined by pupils from St Margaret's Catholic Primary in Galashiels.
Archbishop Cushley said: “Both St Joseph’s and St Margaret’s punch above their weight when it comes to the talent and enthusiasm of the children.
“It’s a close-knit community with a positive learning environment and the headteacher of both schools, Nicola McLeod, and her team are doing a wonderful job.
“It’s a pleasure to be here and discover more – a big thanks to the pupils for telling me the best bits. They are proud of their schools and rightly so.”
The event began with Mass celebrated at Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church in nearby High Street, before pupils gave the Archbishop and visitors, including parish priest Fr Andrew Kingham, a presentation and Q&A session.
Nicola McLeod said, “It was a great honour and privilege to welcome Archbishop Leo Cushley to St Joseph’s.
"The children and staff worked extremely hard to share the uniqueness and ethos that is present in both St Joseph’s and St Margaret’s, which stems from our Chirstian Values.”
St Joseph’s roll may be limited but there are no limits in the rich experiences had by the children attending there.
Melissa Gavan, the Archdiocese’s Religious Education Adviser for Primary Schools, added: “It was a wonderful occasion for all involved and it is evident how proud the staff, pupils and parents are of the great work taking place in the schools.
"St Joseph’s roll may be limited but there are no limits in the rich experiences had by the children attending there. Fond memories will be cherished by all who were present.”
Also present was Marian Docherty, Church Representative for the Scottish Borders, along with Justin Sinclair, Chief Education Officer, and Christian Robertson, Quality Improvement Officer.