Oban pri­mary school was se­lected to launch Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week 2017

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OBAN’S St Columba’s Pri­mary School was the cho­sen venue to launch this year’s Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week.

The pri­mary school was se­lected by the Scot­tish Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice (SCES).

It was picked in or­der to help the ser­vice reach ar­eas where the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend Catholic schools isn’t as read­ily avail­able.

The pur­pose of the week is to high­light the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion in society – ev­ery­one, from young and old, is asked to re­flect on their own roles in re­gards to ed­u­ca­tion. Speak­ing to The Oban

Times, St Columba’s head teacher, Michaelina MacLel­lan, said: ‘ We felt very hon­oured and priv­i­leged to host the launch.

‘Part of the rea­son we were cho­sen was be­cause it was Bishop Brian McGee’s first year as Bishop of Ar­gyll and the Isles.

‘ We are very grate­ful for the sup­port that we were given.’

The Oban pri­mary school was given a week and a half to pre­pare for the launch.

Pri­mary seven pupils cre­ated videos, dis­cussing what Pope Fran­cis’ new beat­i­tudes meant to them and classes from pri­maries one to seven col­lab­o­rated and cre­ated a wall of art.

‘Our pupils and staff were an ab­so­lute credit to our school. I just want to thank ev­ery­one who helped,’ Ms MacLel­lan said.

‘The theme of this year’s event is to de­velop our school as a com­mu­nity of faith and learn­ing.

‘This is part and par­cel of what we do any­way with be­ing a Catholic school. We will carry on to build re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple in our parish.’

In the school’s monthly news­let­ter, Ms MacLel­lan wrote: ‘The launch for Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week was a huge suc­cess for our school and we have been over­whelmed by the let­ters, emails and kind words that we have re­ceived from the vis­i­tors who at­tended, com­pli­ment­ing our school’s ethos and prais­ing our chil­dren and staff.

‘ We are very for­tu­nate to have such a sup­port­ive com­mu­nity and we are truly grate­ful to ev­ery­one who helped us to pre­pare for this very spe­cial oc­ca­sion.’

A wide range of per­son­nel at­tended the launch, such as Oban North and Lorn coun­cil­lor Kieron Green; mem­bers of the church, in­clud­ing Bishop Brian McGee of Ar­gyll and the Isles; parish and par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tives; Anne Pater­son, act­ing head of ser­vice for ed­u­ca­tion; and Bar­bara Coupar and Ellen McBride, from SCES.

Ev­ery­one then joined se­nior pupils and staff of St Columba’s Pri­mary for a cel­e­bra­tory lunch.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sces.org.uk/ catholic- ed­u­ca­tion-week.

Pic­ture: Paul Mc Sherry, SCES St Columba’s Pri­mary in Oban launched Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week, when Bishop Brian McGee and Bar­bara Coupar vis­ited the school.

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