Wednesday, 5 September 2012
New Catholic secondary school in Cornwall responds to prejudice
Catholics in Cornwall have responded with imagination to the Government's new provision for "Free Schools", that is, schools which are fully-funded by the Government but not under Local Authority Control. St Michael's in Camborne has just opened, with a capacity of 300, making it a small secondary school capable of maintaining small class sizes and giving close attention to children.
Naturally, various branches of the anti-Catholic brigade have taken a dislike to the idea. Some activists in one of the teaching unions have got upset, the Humanists are obviously foaming at the mouth, and the militant gay lobby were given a bit of a gift by some intemperate remarks by a grandparent at a recent meeting. Hence there was a protest today outside the school at which a whole twelve people turned up.
It all stinks of a stitch-up, using any excuse to have a go at a new school which aims to be family friendly; they accuse the school of prejudice but it seems to me that the main prejudice here is anti-Catholicism. The Headteacher and Governors have sensibly responded to this whipped-up storm in a teacup. Here is a link to the video of a fair-minded report on ITV Cornwall.
All this must be a trial to the Headteacher and staff as they get a new school off the ground. The local parish priest, Fr Chris Findlay-Wilson has consecrated the school to Our Blessed Lady. Do join him with your prayers for the staff, and for the children who will undoubtedly benefit from this excellent initiative.