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A PLEA FOR SUPPORT FROM THE BISHOP
My Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am writing to you to thank you for your support of our Catholic schools. Our family of schools across the Catholic Diocese of Wrexham plays an important part in education in Wales. I am proud of their success and of the hard work and commitment of everyone who makes that possible. The work of education has always been a central part of the Church’s work and it has been so for centuries.
Today it is more important than ever for parents to be able to choose a distinctly Christian education. In so doing they help their young to grow and to flourish in many ways and hopefully go on to make good choices on how to live in the modern world. Catholic schools find themselves today under increasing pressure from those who want only secular schools. So I ask you to work and pray for the rightful place for our Catholic schools and for their continuing success.
Having and controlling our own Catholic schools is also costly. There is a legal liability on Catholic school governing bodies to pay 15% of all expenditure on school buildings.
At this time, the Welsh Assembly is launching a whole new project to ensure that every school is improved and is fit for its purpose in the 21st Century. This is an ambitious project, for some it will need new buildings and major renovations, and this is over and above the costs that governors have to pay towards the development and maintenance of the schools.
I am asking you to help the governing body and children of St Richard Gwyn in every way you can, to help them raise the funds they need to develop the school’s buildings. In this way, our young people will have the best environment in which to learn and grow.
In the next few days the school will send home a special Gwyn News fundraising newsletter with details of how each family can make an annual contribution. I thank you in anticipation of your support, and am aware that you make this contribution not only for your own family but for the good of the school and its future.
I ask that the blessing of God be on you and your young people and on the school that supports you in the important work of education.
With my prayers and good wishes.
Bishop of Wrexham