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Bumper birthday celebration as St Constantine’s turns ten

The Archbishop of Glasgow marked a primary school’s 10th anniversary last week by presenting two pupils with awards for helping their classmates grow in the Faith

St Constantine’s Primary School, Govan, turned 10 years old on Tuesday June 18, and enjoyed Mass with Archbishop Tartaglia, parish priest Fr Robert McCann, Fr Peter Dowling and Fr Brendan Murtagh at St Constantine’s Church.

The school invited special guests, including Maureen McKenna, executive director of education for Glasgow City Council, to the occasion which all 370 pupils, 35 staff and a further 50 parishioners attended.

At the Mass, Archbishop Tartaglia awarded Certificates of Service to two pupils, Antonina and Alexandra (above, far right), for their excellence in leading a Rosary club and a Sacred Heart club at the school. The pupils ring bells in the school grounds to let their peers know the clubs are due to begin and help seat them before the clubs take place.

Headteacher Catherine Capanni said the school is ‘breaking all kinds of records’ despite being a relatively new school, as the certificates awarded to the two P4 pupils are generally only given to secondary school pupils.

“They’re both so committed and I am overwhelmed as headteacher to have two children so young here that were given certificates that are normally only given to high school children,” she said.

The school also held a special buffet and an afternoon of fun activities for the pupils to mark the 10th anniversary and celebrate their achievements.

Having been a part of the Govan community for a decade, Mrs Capanni said ‘the world is the school’s oyster’ in terms of the next 10 years, with many more exciting memories to be made.

“We’ve seen the school expand as part of the local Govan community and we’re forging relationships with the other schools in the community,” Mrs Capanni added. “We have a very strong Catholicity here.

“We try and make sure that the children feel welcomed and included at Mass, building on their home, school and parish life.”

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