Miss Ursula Morrissey, Headmistress 1995 - 2012
St Michael’s School has played a huge part in my life – and I in its, I suppose – but I have never felt more privileged to be headmistress here than I did in 2008 when we celebrated its Centenary. My sense of privilege arises from the uniqueness of the School as a foundation, although I realise I have come to think of it as a person (it certainly has a personality!) rather than an institution. I wonder if the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus who founded it could have imagined in 1908 what it has become today. The only convent school in North London among so many founded at the period, to have survived as a Catholic state-aided grammar school for girls, it really is an educational landmark.
During our Centenary celebrations I received many touching letters from Old Girls of St. Michael’s, too elderly to attend our celebration, who remember not just a happy school with kind friends but religious Sisters and lay teachers whose impact on them they acknowledge to have been life-changing. So many of those who have left us more recently now occupy positions of leadership in public life, the professions and the arts which leads me not just to feel pride in their achievements but a real belief in the mission of St Michael’s School in education and the Catholic Church in England. I pray it may continue for another 100 years!
Photos taken during the Mass of Thanksgiving for Miss Ursula Morrissey, Headmistress to celebrate her retirement after 41 years of dedication and devotion to St. Michael’s on Tuesday 10th July 2012.Celebrant - The Most Reverend George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff