Commissioning Service at Maricourt

A long-held tradition within Maricourt Catholic High School is the annual Badges and Gowns commissioning service, in which the Head Boy and Girl, prefects and form captains of the school receive their badges and gowns as they take on their roles for the academic year ahead.

On Wednesday, September 29th staff and students gathered together in Newman Hall for the annual commissioning service for prefects and form captains, as well as sports captains and wellbeing champions. The latter two groups were incorporated into the commissioning service for the first time this year in recognition of how these roles contribute to the holistic development of each student and how they fulfil Jesus’ desire that all “have life to the fullest.” (Jn 10:10) The service included the beautiful singing of the Maricourt choir, particularly their poignant and moving rendition of The Servant Song, with the chaplain Mr Ken McCabe reminding the students how their roles are pivotal and central to living out the mission and ethos of the school.

Headteacher Mr Joseph Mangan led the students in reciting their promises and presented them with their gowns and badges. Mr Mangan said “Service to others is integral to being a Christian and a student of Maricourt. Today’s commissioning service was about affirming our students in taking on these important roles and asking God to give them the courage and grace needed to be role models and a compassionate and caring presence for their peers so all our students can thrive in this school.”