Three generations celebrate St Cuthbert's diamond jubilee

Thanksgiving Mass for 60th birthday

Three generations of students have helped celebrate the diamond jubilee of St Cuthbert's Catholic High School in Sutton, St Helens.

St Cuthbert's was opened in September 1957 by Liverpool's then Archbishop (the future Cardinal) John Carmel Heenan, and its 60th birthday was marked by a special Mass of thanksgiving at the Metropolitan Cathedral on 20 September.

The Mass was presided over by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and attended by more than 1,200 students, staff, parents and friends of the school, as well as 150 Year 6 pupils from partner primary schools.

As a fitting tribute to the anniversary, the school flag was carried by Year 11 and Year 7 students Kiara and Kelise, whose mother Janice Wilson – in the 1990s – and maternal grandparents Vincent and Pauline had also gone to St Cuthbert's when it was a secondary modern. Remarkably, Vincent carried the cross during the school's opening ceremony in 1957.

At that time, Archbishop Heenan had remarked: 'St Cuthbert's will yield dividends in the well-instructed Catholic men and women trained within its walls.'

Mrs Catherine Twist, the latest of the school's seven head teachers, saluted the current generation of pupils, saying: 'I don't think anyone really imagined how beautiful the jubilee Mass would be and how truly awesome our students would be. They were a credit to themselves, their families and St Cuthbert's. Of course, these events do not just happen: the planning has been over 12 months in the making and has involved many staff.'

Also in attendance at the Mass were: the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Stephen Burrows; trustee of the Pilkington Family Trust, Lady Kirsty Pilkington; the mayor and mayoress of St Helens, Councillor and Mrs Pearson; and local MP Conor McGinn.

There are several other celebrations planned throughout the year. Details can be found on or via the school's Facebook and Twitter accounts.