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Sr Mary Magdalen 1926-2020
Our Maricourt community was deeply saddened to hear that Sr Mary Magdalen, the foundress and first Head of Maricourt Catholic High school, died in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 2nd September.

For those who knew her, she was an incredible person and an inspiration as a Sister of Mercy and a Head. When we look around us, we can see the fruits of her hard work, determination, and faith. During her Headship, the school underwent a number of changes to the structure and administration of the building. Considering her role in the founding of Maricourt, it has been stated that she's been one of the most influential figures in Liverpool's academic history.

In 1957 Sister Mary 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 the school opened in the convent parlour (now in the sixth form) with only 16 eleven-year old girls!

Sister Mary Magdalen had great foresight and a sense of mercy in agreeing to make the school a co-educational comprehensive school in September 1968; the school changed its name to Maricourt and opened its doors to over 1400 pupils. Sister was tireless in her work and efforts to make Maricourt a great school, serving the needs of the local community and giving so many young people a fantastic education.

Sister Mary held the position of Headteacher for 32 years and retired in 1989.

In recent years, Sister was in a nursing home in Burnley and, despite advancing years, took great interest in everything that was happening in the school and was always keeping us in her prayers.

She is no longer held by this life anymore and we can now be assured of her prayers and care for us as we face the uncertain times ahead.

May Sister Mary Magdalen rest in peace and rise again in glory. Amen

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