Notre Dame’s pupils speak out: Keep us unique, keep us all-girls

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CA­TRI­ONA STE­WART

PUPILS from Notre Dame High School will hold a peace­ful protest out­side Glas­gow City Cham­bers to tell coun­cil­lors to “Keep us all-girls”.

City politi­cians will de­cide on Novem­ber 28 on to whether to open Scot­land’s last re­main­ing girls school to boys.

A cam­paign be­gun by par­ents has asked the coun­cil to end sin­gle sex ed­u­ca­tion in the city and make Notre Dame mixed-sex.

Groups have formed on both sides of the debate to put their views across as to what is best for the fu­ture of the sec­ondary.

But now its pupils are speak­ing out with a clear mes­sage: “Keep us unique. Keep us all-girls.”

From 3.15pm to­day the Pupil Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Group from Notre Dame will hold a protest out­side the City Cham­bers.

They will hand over a pe­ti­tion they say ex­presses the strength of feel­ing among pupils for the school to re­main all-girls.

A state­ment from the group says: “In 1897 the Sis­ters of Notre Dame trav­elled to Glas­gow to es­tab­lish a school for the ed­u­ca­tion of girls and we con­tinue to serve this legacy. We be­lieve that be­ing in an all-girls school en­ables us to grow po­ten­tial.

“All faiths and cul­tures are em­braced and re­spected, bring­ing girls from all over our city.

“We have a great ethos, en­cour­ag­ing every­one to try their very best, and this helps make us amongst the high­est­per­form­ing Catholic schools in Glas­gow.

“We do not be­lieve it should change.”

The girls go on to speak about the re­sults of a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, which had al­most 5000 re­sponses.

Fig­ures showed 39.9% voted to keep the sta­tus quo to our full while 13.4% said they would want to keep the school sin­gle sex and ex­pand the catch­ment area. How­ever, 45.9% of re­spon­dents said they would like to make the school co-ed­u­ca­tional.

Adding op­tions one and two sug­gests nearly 54%voted for the school to re­main all-girls.

The pupil group added: “Should a co-ed vote suc­ceed, there would be sig­nif­i­cant costs in­volved in adapt­ing the school build­ing.

“We be­lieve these funds would be put to much greater use if used to sup­port ed­u­ca­tional re­sources for the ed­u­ca­tion of all Glas­gow

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“Notre Dame High School is the only all-girls state school in Scot­land and we should be giv­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from this.”

Last month Glas­gow’s ruling SNP group voted in favour of mixed sex ed­u­ca­tion at Notre Dame High School and the city’s Con­ser­va­tive and Green groups said they plan to do the same.

It means a ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors will be in favour of co-ed­u­ca­tion when a fi­nal de­ci­sion is made on Novem­ber 28.

Pupils tak­ing part in a mod­ern lan­guages class at the all-girls Notre Dame High School

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