Class act! Islington’s St Aloysius’ RC College chalks up 140 years
21 June, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
Headteacher Jane Heffernan, Father David Evans, chair of governors, Bishop Nicholas Hudson from the school diocese, Andy English, associate headteacher, with some of the current pupils
FORMER students, staff and pupils of a secondary school in Highgate celebrated their 140th anniversary yesterday (Thursday).
St Aloysius’ RC College in Hornsey Lane, whose former students include Pink Panther actor Peter Sellers, and Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, held a mass in St Joseph’s Church in Highgate Hill before going to the school hall for nibbles and snacks.
Jane Heffernan, who took over as headteacher last year, said: “It is the oldest boys’ school in Islington. It is really exciting to reach this anniversary and to still be carrying on the mission of this school. We are very fortunate to have talented staff and pupils.”
Nathan Fernandez, 13, said: “It feels like a blessing to be part of this school, which is 140 years old. My dad and my uncle went to this school and my children will go here too one day.”
Stefan Kasprzyk has lived in Junction Road all of his life and went to the school in the 1970s. He said: “I have had the privilege of helping knock down this school twice. It was rebuilt in the 1970s when Islington Council paid us, the students, to help do some of the heavy lifting. I still have my pay cheques.”
Mr Kasprzyk, ex-mayor of Islington, added: “I then came back around 2005 when this building was built and helped with the works again.”