New chapter opens for Bellerive

School's new state-of-the-art facilities

Bellerive FCJ Catholic College welcomed Bishop Tom Williams on 12 April for the opening of two new buildings. Bishop Tom blessed the Sefton Park and O'Neill buildings, both recently completed as part of the college's programme of capital investment.

The O'Neill building is named in memory of Mother Xavier O'Neill FCJ, who died in the 19th century from cholera which she had contracted as a result of her work with the poor of the city. The school's Sixth Form leadership team (pictured) were on hand to provide a tour of the new accommodation, which includes state-of-the-art facilities for Science, Music, and Design and Technology, as well as a purpose-built Sixth Form centre.

Bishop Tom has a long association with Bellerive, having served as school chaplain there in the 1970s. Students, staff and governors joined him for the blessing, together with head teacher Niamh Howlett. Sister Brigid Halligan FCJ, the recently-retired former head, was also in attendance to celebrate this exciting new phase of the college's development.

During his visit, Bishop Tom was also able to celebrate Mass with Bellerive's Year 11 students as part of their spiritual preparations for the upcoming exams.