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Schools’ Walsingham pilgrimage and netball champions

Latest news from East Anglia Catholic schools includes news of a Walsingham pilgrimage and county netball champions.

Cambridge schools St Alban’s, St Laurence and St Bede’s joined other pilgrims to celebrate Mass in the basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, on the feast of St Bonaventure, Monday July 15, reports Joe McCrossan, Headteacher of St Alban’s.

The children started their pilgrim from the station and walked along the one-mile Pilgrim Way before reaching the Shrine.

The schools were blessed with a lovely day and the children were able to picnic in the grounds before visiting the Slipper Chapel and looking at the Stations of the Cross. The shop also proved to be a big success as the children enjoyed seeing the array of medals, rosary beads etc.

The Mass was a very spiritual experience for the children as they participated with the readings and serving on the altar. All schools were very respectful and prayerful and this was acknowledged by other pilgrims and Sister Jane who said:” Please let the children know that we were impressed that they behaved so well.”

Afterwards all three schools went for a lovely dip in the water at Wells-next-the-Sea, and everyone enjoyed a delicious ice cream in the sun too.

St Alban’s Catholic Primary was delighted to receive the prestigious award of Cambridgeshire Netball School of the Year at a recent presentation. This means St Alban’s has made a clean sweep of all the primary netball awards in Cambridge, including Coach of the Year, Floria Marshall.

St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School have been county champions in 2015, 2017 and 2019 and Cambridge city champions in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

The Year 5 team has also been city champions in 2017, 2018  and 2019

St Alban’s is a one-form entry school with limited sports facilities. To achieve this against larger schools is a tremendous achievement.

Pictured above is the St Alban’s A Team with their medals and trophy.