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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
On Thursday evening 12th July Archbishop Malcolm McMahon concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in Maricourt Catholic High School's sports hall for parents, past pupils, current and former members of staff and the Sisters of Mercy. On Friday morning Fr. Grant Maddock celebrated mass for all the pupils in the school. Both masses were joyful, uplifting celebrations being the climax of our school's 60th diamond jubilee academic year.

In 1957 Sister Mary Magdalen was asked by her order, the Sisters of Mercy to open a Catholic school in Maghull following a request from the local community. On the 12th September 1957 Mater Misericordiae opened in the convent parlour with only 16 eleven year old girls. In March 1958 Cardinal Heenan blessed the first small sections of the school.

In his tribute to the foresight and wisdom of the Sisters of Mercy Archbishop Malcolm praised Sister Mary Magdalen's foresight and sense of mercy in agreeing to make the school a co-educational comprehensive school in September 1968, when the school changed its name to Maricourt and had an intake of over 1400 pupils.

Sister Mary Magdalen held the position of Headteacher for 32 years. Indeed as Archbishop McMahon pointed out there have only been three Headteachers in its entire history, underlining the stability and high regard in which the school is held.

One of the highlights of the Mass was the Mercy Anthem sung beautifully by the choir of school children and specially written by Mr. McCabe the school chaplain. The Archbishop also singled out for praise the liturgical dance.

During the Mass on Friday Fr. Grant commented on the positive ethos and spirituality in the school: "I feel there are great things happening at Maricourt".

After the Mass on Friday the children were given an extended break time, candy floss and a lolly ice which they all thoroughly enjoyed. As one of the pupils wrote in a thank you letter to Sister Mary Magdalen, the first headteacher and still going strong at 92 years of age: "Thank you for the school, the amazing teachers and for the education, without you I would not be here learning all sorts of things. Thank you for all the trips and sports. My favourite trip was Chester Zoo!"

Mr. Brendan McLoughlin, the current Headteacher, commented: "Sixty years ago Sister Mary Magdalen laid the foundations for the successful school that we have today, with Christ at our centre and the desire to ensure that every child flourishes and achieves their potential".

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