Broughton Hall High School - One Heart, One Mind

On the 11th November, Broughton Hall had the privilege of welcoming Archbishop Malcolm to the school in order for him to bless the chapel and new school build, and to take part in the school's Remembrance Service.


The service started at 10am in the school chapel, where representatives from each year group, staff, governors, and friends of Broughton Hall were reminded of the work of Catherine McAuley through her prayers, and stories of her life and death. The 11th November is when her anniversary is celebrated; a fitting date to bless a Mercy School (Catherine McAuley began the Mercy Sisters, who are the associates of Broughton Hall).
After the blessing of the Chapel, Archbishop Malcolm was taken on a tour of the school led by Head girl Chloe Spencer and Head prefect Lucy Dunbavin. During the tour he was able to spend time talking to pupils as they participated in their lessons.
The tour concluded at the Dance/Drama Hall, where a larger gathering of pupils, staff, governors and friends awaited the Remembrance Service. It was a fitting service, with readings and poetry performed by the pupils, and a thought-provoking homily from Archbishop Malcolm about the effects of war and how it had touched his family.
As it approached 11am, the congregation assembled outside by Broughton Hall's Memorial Garden to remember the fallen with a 2 minute silence. The silence was concluded with a rendition of 'The Last Post', played by Year 11 pupil Jadziah Brookes-Smith, and a reading of 'For The Fallen' read by Year 9 pupil Niamh Bush. Pupils and staff placed remembrance crosses at the foot of the Memorial Cross, with Archbishop closing the service by placing a memorial wreath on the cross.
It was an important and enjoyable day for all involved at Broughton Hall.