Eight priests came to con-celebrate at the thanksgiving and farewell mass for Headteacher Paul Halliwell yesterday, July 10, to thank him for his nine years at St Bonaventure’s.

It was a fitting tribute to Mr Halliwell who was very moved by the beautiful sermon by the Right Reverend Monsignor John Armitage and his favourite hymns that were sung with gusto including the magnificent school hymn that was introduced two years ago.

The choir sang ‘Remember Me’ from the film Coco that Ms Warren had adapted specially for Mr Halliwell which was very moving.

Readings and bidding prayers were read by students with Headboy Rishi Patel leading prayers. Chair of Governors, Tim Campbell, did a reading too.

The staff choir performed  The Irish Blessing, May The Road Rise To Meet You which that had been practising secretly for weeks.

It was a lovely tribute to a successful nine years Headship and Mr Halliwell wanted me to pass on his thanks to all staff, students, governors and parents who have shown him love and support during his time at St Bonaventure’s and especially during these last few days when he has been inundated with well wishes, cards and gifts.

He will miss you all.

God bless.

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