SJCS celebrate in style for the 50th anniversary
Undoubtedly, the highlight this year has been the 50th Anniversary celebration, the weather was wonderful, the school looked immaculate and the food was delicious. The evening started with Mass which was led by Bishop Declan Lang and many past pupils were delighted to read old newspaper clippings and scrutinize old photographs.
For 50 years we have been educating our young people, and preparing them for life. For 50 years we have been standing on the shoulder of giants, building on the hard work of all of the previous staff of St Joseph’s Catholic School. This phrase, standing on the shoulders of giants has a strong link to Salisbury, it’s etched into the side of a £2 coin referring to Isaac Newton, however you may not know that it was Bernard of Chartres, a Catholic scholar who first used the phase and John of Salisbury was the Bishop of Chartres.
I thought I would offer a few comparisons of life and situations now against those of 50 years ago. Obviously with the World Cup final last weekend, we can see that not everything has improved, 50 years ago we won! But in contrast, life of our young people is very different today, they and we, enjoy electricity to every house, the internet and we could even become a space tourist, of course they would need some very good exam results!
A loaf of bread cost 5p, the average house cost just over £2000. No one could have imagined just how much life would change if they were transported though time to today. And to some degree it’s the same situation we are in now, it’s impossible to predict the future, but we will continue to educate and prepare our young people so that they are living out their dreams and fulfilling their true vocation.