OPENING the second Catholic school to be built in Plymouth since the war, Bishop Resticaux appealed to parents to keep in mind the great responsibility they had in the Christian upbringing of their children. The school, St. Joseph's Primary, which cost £70,000, is on the former site of Raglan Barracks, Devonport.
It replaces the outmoded building at Mutton Cove which had served the Catholic community of Devonport for 112 years. It has room for 160 children, but there are only 60 on the roll at present. Eighty per cent of the cost has been met from Government grants and the remainder contributed by Plymouth Catholics.
After blessing the four classrooms and the crucifix the Bishop was introduced to the assembly by the parish priest, Fr. Charles Foley. Among former pupils present were Mgr. Harold Shepherd, VicarGeneral of the Royal Navy for many years, and Fr. Managhan, Prior of Buckfast Abbey.