Nuns on the run for Swaffham school’s centenary celebrations

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Racing nuns, fashion shows and reunions with old friends were among the highlights as a Swaffham school celebrated its centenary.

Three days of activities were held at the Sacred Heart School, in Mangate Street, at the weekend to mark the anniversary.

And former pupils, including one aged 92, joined in the celebrations, including people who had travelled from as far afield as Canada and Israel.

Headteacher Sister Francis Ridler said: “We had a fantastic weekend and everybody worked so hard, the staff and the pupils.

“Everybody joined in and everybody enjoyed themselves. It was a real celebration.”

The weekend included a host of fun activities, which culminated with a nuns’ race and a balloon launch on Sunday afternoon.

An array of dance, drama and music performances were also included in the programme, as well as a show of fashion through the ages.

The Catholic Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes, led the main mass of the weekend in the school’s chapel on Saturday.

And Sister Francis said the programme avoided the heavy downpours that hit the area throughout the weekend.

“God was looking down upon us”, she said.

Visitors were also able to secure copies of several new books, including a new school history covering the past 25 years, Our Faith Stories, written by pupils themselves, a volume by the sisters in which they share the stories of how they became nuns and a new book on the original founders of the school who came to Swaffham from Austria in 1914.