A BOROUGH school was blessed by the Archbishop of Birmingham as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.
Students and staff at St Augustine’s Catholic High School welcomed Most Reverend Bernard Longley who said mass as part of the milestone.
Pupils from St Bede’s, Walkwood and Ridgeway Middle School were also among those to attend, along with headteachers from across the county.
The distinguished guest then unveiled a commemorative plaque in the school’s reception and spoke to student Tib Manessa-Ard who designed a stain glass window to mark the anniversary as well as the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The Year 10 pupil then presented the Archbishop with a framed copy of the original artwork whilst Sixth Form ambassadors offered further gifts and a group of students played Beatles’ classic Let it be.
Principal Tony Quinn said: “It was a highly successful day in many dimensions and reflected the school in a superb way. The Archbishop left with a lasting impression of St Augustine’s as a caring, respectful and friendly place which supports our ethos and values to the core.”