|Dr Kilmartin on right with Bishop Kieran and pupils from the school|
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
The Induction Dr. James Kilmartin as Head of Cardinal Newman Catholic School
The opening bars of Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ set the tone for what was to be a vibrant, varied and moving celebration of Dr. Kilmartin’s vision for the school. The chapel was full as Bishop Kieran called in his homily for the new Head teacher to be an inspirational leader. As the choir sang For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, eight groups, representing parents, students and other members of the wider school community created a tableau, designed and made by the Design and Technology Department, which recreated the logo of the Catholic Year of Faith. The image of a ship, its sails filled and its direction clear, formed a clear and powerful visual symbol of the school community moving forwards with confidence into the future. In his response to Bishop Kieran Dr. Kilmartin spoke of his sense of being both honoured and privileged to take on the leadership of the school and thanked those present for their help and support.
Soloist Paula OSullivan, a parent, sang La Vergine degli Angeli with a clarity and intensity which provided one of the most moving moments of the afternoon. The chapel echoed to the words of the final hymn, Praise to the Holiest in the Height, and then a reception in the school’s new dance studio provided an opportunity for further celebration of this important moment in the history of a unique and very special school community.
Story and picture from Peter Shears