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SFOGA Restoration of Statue for 85th Anniversary
20/11/2018
85th Anniversary Statue Restoration

In 1933 a group of nuns from Belgium came to Letchworth Garden City to open St. Francis’ College. The headmistress was Sister Elisabeth of the Trinity, and she was supported by Sister Patrick who acted as her Deputy Head until her death at the College in 1956. Sister Patrick was a strict disciplinarian whose role was to supervise the running of the school. Her office was in the current base for reprographics and at the beginning of each term she would stand outside the gate to the Middle School to collect the fees from the day girls. It was impossible to sneak into school late at the beginning of the day without getting a reprimand from her. In 1948 Sister Patrick founded our old girl’s association which is thriving today with over 1500 members.
On December 8th 1952 she celebrated the Golden Jubilee of her Religious Profession. The day began with several masses in the Chapel after which the celebrant placed a gold crown of flowers on Sister Patrick’s head. Everyone then assembled in the Theatre where Sister Patrick was presented with a beautiful statue of the Sacred Heart made out of Portland stone. Money for this statue had been raised from pupils and parents past and present, and friends of hers in the UK and abroad. A speech of thanks on behalf of the senior school was given by Bindy Hewitt, Head Girl. Bindy will be returning to the College on July 1st for the SFOGA reunion.
The next day this statue was erected in the college grounds near the tennis courts where it still stands today. After many winters and bad weather, the statue was beginning to deteriorate. In 2018 SFOGA decided to arrange to have the statue restored to mark the 85th Anniversary of the College and the 70th Anniversary of SFOGA. The transformation was remarkable, and hopefully will result in the statue keeping a watching brief over the College for another 66 years.
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