Blessing and Official Opening of the New Building 8 October 2012
HEAD MASTER’S WELCOME
"And if you have faith, everything you ask
for in prayer you will receive."
- Matthew 21:22
In June of 2006, after six fruitless years of campaigning for new
buildings, Saint Ambrose College was selected to become a ‘One
School Pathfinder’. This was to be an opportunity for the Local
Authority and the College to set up and test a joint approach to
educational transformation. The journey took longer than intended,
six years instead of the allocated three; the Lord clearly wanted us to
spend more time in the design and planning!
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Michael D Thompson. MA, FRSA.
The Right Reverend Mark Davies,
11th Bishop of Shrewsbury
I am delighted as your Bishop to be with you for the blessing and official
opening of the new building. The College is strikingly new in its appearance
and facilities but remains the same in its identity and foundation on the
Catholic faith and the educational vision of Blessed Edmund Rice. Today I
wish to congratulate the Trustees and Governors, the Headteacher and Staff,
the students and parents who have worked and waited patiently to see this project realised and a new Saint
Ambrose College standing in Hale Barns today.
Be assured of my prayers for you all.
OFFICIALLY OPENED BY
2011 - 2012
Mr R M Haig (Chairman)
Mr K Nodding
Mrs G Centeleghe
Fr A Cogliolo
Mr P Donnelly
Mr W Hammond
Mr P Hatchman (Vice Chairman)
Mr T Hutchinson
Mrs Y Kearns
Mrs M Kerr
Mr M Lalley
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
Warren J Smith JP
I am most grateful to the Head Master for his invitation to contribute to the
Commemorative Booklet to mark the official opening of the New Build at
Saint Ambrose College.
Since becoming Lord-Lieutenant over five years ago, I have made young people
and their development one of my key areas of interest and have spoken at
many Speech Days and school assemblies on the importance of social and academic education in the future
leaders of our country. However, I am particularly pleased, as Her Majesty’s representative in Greater
Manchester, to have been invited to formally Open the new building that not only stands for increased
opportunities for the boys at the college but also makes a statement of spiritual growth in the midst of a secular
and postmodern society. The Eight Essentials of Edmund Rice Schools, upon which the ethos of the school is
based, are a strong statement about the importance of compassion, justice and the need to share Christ’s love in
his world and I applaud each of you as you leave this college who hold these tenets to your heart.
My sincere congratulations to the staff and Governors and to the parents whose determination and support
have brought about this very special day.
Mrs D McDermott
Mrs H Norwood
Mr S Parkinson (Director of Finance)
Cllr B Sharp
Br J Sullivan
Mr R Thomas
Mr M D Thompson (Head Master)
Two former Governors also played
a key part in this project, namely:Mr R Broadbent (former Chairman)
Mr N Milligan
THE JOURNEY SO FAR
Saint Ambrose College, was founded during the Second
World War, by a group of evacuee De la Salle Brothers.
Towards the end of June 1940, when the Channel Islands were about to
be occupied by hostile forces, the parents of boys attending Les
Vauxbelets College were asked to decide whether they should allow their
sons to be evacuated to England or keep them at home with all the
attendant risks (hunger, forced labour etc.).
On 21 June 1940 an apprehensive...