Bellerive FCJ Catholic College was honoured to host the family of the late Nelson Mandela during their visit to Liverpool. Dr Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of the late president of South Africa, and his granddaughter Tukwini Mandela joined students in a special assembly held in the college’s new Sports Hall. Also in attendance were Bishop Tom Williams, Bellerive governors and representatives from Mandela 8.
Tukwini Mandela spoke to the students about the lessons she learned from her grandfather, especially the importance of reading and aspiring for great things. She told the students that they will face challenges but that these were part of the journey towards achieving greatness in their lives. Bellerive’s choir led the singing and the Mandela family were presented with a beautiful hand-made banner, created by the students as a memento of their visit. On behalf of the FCJ sisters, the family were also given gifts from the Phillippines where the FCJ sisters are involved in many social enterprises.
Mrs Niamh Howlett, Bellerive’s headteacher reminded the students that they were privileged to be part of the Mandela family visit, leading as it will to the creation of a permanent memorial to the life of Nelson Mandela in Princes Park.