By a Staff Reporter
One Catholic parish In London, Ealing, its population Increased by the flux of war, has faced up to the problem of post-war education by deriding to build its own free primary school, on a co-operative basis.
The whole parish has been rounded up to help in the scheme. A free kindergarten already has been established, St. Scholastica's, which is run in the Parochial Hall. Fifty children are being taught in this school; many more are on a waiting list.
Ealing is one of the districts where the exodus of old parishioners and the influx of new during the war brought special problems. It was found that many fhildren were being educated at non-Catholic schools. The Prior of Ealing, the Very Rev. Charles Pontifex, 0.S.B., enlisted the aid of the parishioners to solve the pressing problem.
It was decided to build a school. The first steps have been taken with the issue of a subscription list which asks for regular subscriptions no matter how small to defray the cost. It is emphasised that this is a parochial and co-operative effort. Ministries and the Local Authority concerned have proved very helpful and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster has sent his blessing not only to the kindergarten but to the protected primary school and for the Garden Fete which will be held in the grounds of St. Benedict's on Saturday, when it is hoped that £1,000 will be raised to go towards the fund for this free Catholic primary school for Catholic children.