SFX celebrates its 175th anniversary

St Francis Xavier’s College (SFX) in Woolton is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

The school has marked the incredible milestone with a celebration mass at the College Chapel which was attended by students, parents, families and staff.

Following the anniversary service, attendees had the opportunity to view a spectacular art and photography exhibition which showcased the hard work and creative talents of SFX pupils. A delicious buffet and refreshments were also served.

SFX has a vibrant history dating back to 1842 when it was established by the Society of Jesus. It was named after the patron saint of missionaries and one of the founders of the Jesuit order, St Francis Xavier.

Over the years, the school has moved locations several times including Soho Street, St Anne Street and Salisbury Street. In 2002, it settled on Woolton Hill Road where it proudly stands today.

The anniversary also commemorated the retirement of executive headteacher, Les Rippon after 37 years with the school.

Les said: “It is important that we celebrate the school’s heritage and that every student understands its vast history. This really helps to create a sense of pride amongst the year groups.

“Our assistant headteacher, Peter Evans even designed a dedicated 175 years tie which students have been proudly wearing.”

Speaking about his retirement, Les said:  “I have had a wonderful 37 years with SFX. Seeing thousands of students benefit from a strong and varied curriculum, over this period of time, is what makes this job so worthwhile.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words since the announcement of my retirement.”

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