Monday, 22 July 2013

School Head Retires with a Mass

Bishop Kieran with Carole Baker
Sister Mary Andrew, Chair of Governors for the Towers Convent School in Upper Bedding, West Sussex writes:
Carole Baker is retiring after 10 years as the first lay Head of The Towers School. She has done an amazing job: under her direction, a beautiful new wing was erected, pupil numbers increased, academic achievements have been exceptional and there is a great spirit in the school.

Blessed Peter Vigne, founder of the Blessed Sacrament Sisters who established The Towers, said, “To educate is to help the young seek happiness,” and that the principle of education is love, “ … which is full of kindness and seeks only the good of others.” Carole sought to live out this charism, always putting first her pupils’ happiness, guiding them with love into becoming mature and well-balanced young people who will make a difference to the world.

When asked what she would like as a retirement gift Carole requested a “Mass celebrated by Bishop Kieran Conry”. In the last week of term Bishop Kieran along with fellow Priests and Deacons, including Canon Gerald Coates, Father Tony Lovegrove, Father Dominic O'Hara, Father Tadeusz Bialas, Deacon Seamus Mahon and Deacon Richard Edwards, celebrated a whole school Mass at The Towers. The service was both joyous and uplifting – a fitting end to her time at the school. Past pupils, local Heads and other people who have supported Carole throughout her career were able to be part of the congregation.

They look forward to welcoming our new Headmistress, Clare Trelfa, in September.

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