On Tuesday 10 July the Archbishop
of Westminster visited St Thomas More School in North London to celebrate Mass
on their annual St Thomas More Day.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols had an
excellent first impression of the school, which is expecting its best exam
results to date this summer.
The Archbishop congratulated head teacher
Mr Tissot and all the staff noting impeccable student behaviour and uniform
along with the welcoming and positive atmosphere of the school as a whole. “St
Thomas More School,” said the Archbishop, “is a good option for Catholic
parents and young people in this area.”
Williams, from the Diocese Education Department affirmed that, “St Thomas More
is a school investing in a positive future for each and every student. The
atmosphere here is of purposeful learning and it’s a feeling that radiates
throughout the school along with each teacher’s commitment to the highest
Before Mass students performed an
excellent piece of drama about their school’s history; the Archbishop said it was,
“The best acting he had ever seen from young people, humorous, thoughtful and
During Mass an outstanding student
Gospel choir led the singing and other students participated by bringing up the
offertory, altar-serving and reading the bidding prayers in different
In his Homily Archbishop Vincent
Nichols reminded the pupils of the principled nature of their school’s patron
saint, encouraging them all to emulate similar qualities of honesty and
integrity and to take pride in themselves, their families, their school and
their faith in God.
At the end of Mass, the
Archbishop thanked everyone for inviting him and said he would remember this
day for a long time to come. He congratulated the school on the outstanding
improvements that have been made.
Cllr Pat Egan, the Chair of
Governors, thanked the Archbishop for his attendance and acknowledged that the
next school year would not be without its challenges whilst highlighting the
successes that the school has achieved in the last year.