'All Saints march into York Minster'
MORE than 1,000 pupils from All
Saints’ Roman Catholic School crammed into York
Minster to celebrate the school’s feast day.
The 1,230 students, who are aged between 11 and
18, were joined by teachers, parents, governors,
friends, local parish priests and others for the
celebration, which was held a few days after All
The celebration is a new tradition, having been
started last year, but head teacher Bill Scriven
said it was one that would continue.
He said a service had always been held to
celebrate All Saints’ Day in local parish churches
but the whole school had never been able to come
together. This is because the school is on two sites
– in Nunnery Lane and Mill Mount Lane – so it was
decided to approach the Minster.
Mr Scriven said: “It was a fantastic occasion and
it was such a privilege for the whole community to
come together to celebrate Mass. As head teacher I
was so proud to be part of the whole school
community and the way they took part in the
liturgical celebrations. After Canon Ryan had given
his sermon, there were a couple of minutes where
over 1,400 young people and adults were completely
silent, reflecting on what he had said. You could
have heard a pin drop.”
The logistics of getting more than 1,000 pupils
together in the same place and back to school was
also a consideration.
Mr Scriven said the majority of students met at
the Minster and were then taken back to the school
across the city in their form groups with one
teacher at the front, another at the back and staff
manning the various places where they had to cross
After last year’s event the school council asked
that teachers consider including fun activities in
the afternoon. So lessons were suspended for the day
to allow various activities, including film club,
science club, badminton, arts club, board games and
Mr Scriven said thanks should go to the Minster’s
Dean and Chapter.