As we’ve recently had a state-of-the-art T-Level block built on site, and needed to choose a name for this new building, we decided to take the opportunity to re-name some of the older parts of the college as well.
Here at Notre Dame, there is special significance to the names we’ve chosen for our buildings. All have a link to the history and tradition of the college. For example, St Joseph’s Court is named after the partner and protector of Notre Dame (Mary, mother of God) herself. John Paul II was dedicated to the late pope, who has since been canonised and is now a saint. Cuvilly was named after the place where St Julie, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame, grew up. And the St Julie building was so called because of the woman herself, who believed in the right to education for all, and without whom the college would not exist.
Our new building names follow in the same tradition.
The English and Maths Block has now become the Bowman Building after Sister Thea Bowman, whose chosen religious name – Thea – is the Greek for God. Like Mary, often known as the Mirror of Justice, Sr Thea's chosen name matched her purpose: to reveal to others the justice and peace of God.
The T-Level building has become Oscar Romero House. Oscar Romero was a Catholic prelate, assassinated while attending mass, having spoken out against social injustice. This is especially fitting as one of Our Lady’s titles is ‘Queen of Martyrs’.
St Francis of Assisi – the patron saint of the environment – inspired the new name for our science block, now the St Francis of Assisi building.
As you can see from the photo above, each of our newly named buildings has a framed image and explanation that will be displayed just inside the entrance. This is so present and future staff and students will understand that each name has been chosen to reflect Notre Dame’s mission and ethos as a Catholic college. We welcome all, and seek through education to fulfil our college virtues; most especially faith, hope and love.