St Mary's pupils take centenary trip back in time

Ham and cucumber sandwiches on vintage menu

Pupils at St Mary’s College in Crosby enjoyed a History lesson with a difference when they went back in time to celebrate the school’s centenary.

It was on Monday 22 September 1919 that St Mary’s – then the Catholic Institute of Crosby – opened its doors to an initial intake of around 80 boys, and a special week of celebrations included ‘Back in Time’ lessons as pupils discovered learning methods from the past.

Year 7 pupils dressed up in period clothes to re-enact the first day at Claremont House, the original school building that remains in use.

Another highlight was the ‘Back in Time’ lunch for lower-school pupils, inspired by the so-called peace parties held in 1919 to mark the end of the Great War. This meant treats such as ham and cucumber sandwiches, buttered swede, crab pot, crumpets with lemon curd, and scones with jam.

The celebrations concluded with a whole-school Mass at St Helen’s Church in Crosby, which was celebrated by Bishop Tom Williams and attended by pupils and staff from St Mary’s College and Preparatory School.

Every pupil received a centenary T-shirt as a keepsake which they wore at the Mass, which was followed by a celebration lunch.