Event - The Opening of our Prayer Garden

24 May 2017

On Wednesday 24th May we celebrated the blessing and opening of our new Prayer Garden.

The Prayer Garden was blessed by Bishop David McGough who spoke the following words: "Of all the prayer gardens I have opened, blessed or visited, this is by far the best. It’s not complicated or convoluted, it’s simple and created for the purpose in which it is to be used."

This is great praise for the children of St. Mark’s because it was the children who planned and designed the school prayer garden.

Brother Andrew from Holy Name Parish and Colin Diamond CBE (Executive Director for Education) also spoke alongside Headteacher, Mr Murphy. The ribbon was cut by the eldest and youngest member of our school; and the Spiritual Council children read some wonderful prayers about this new place of peace, prayer and spiritual reflection.

A special bench designed with two lions (the symbol of St. Mark) on either side has been placed alongside a memorial plaque for two very special St. Mark’s children that tragically died in October; Leanor and Saros Endris. The children decided the prayer garden would be the best location to remember our much loved friends.

This special occasion was also attended by many parents, parishioners and members of the local community who joined children, staff and governors afterwards in the school hall for refreshments.

The Prayer Garden is a beautiful addition to the school grounds and we thank all the children, parents, staff and governors for planning and supporting this project. We hope the garden will be enjoyed by all.

The space before construction begins.
The garden is beginning to take shape.

Construction goes on in earnest.
Our completed new Prayer Garden.

Bishop David McGough blesses the garden.
Children, staff, parents, governors and members of the local community explore our new garden.

Bishop David and some of our pupils.