In with a prayer

22nd March 1996 at 00:00
Great has been the excitement of Glasgow's Roman Catholic community, or at least its better-off members and those who qualify for an assisted place, as their sons and daughters compete for a limited number of vacancies in primary 4 at John Ogilvie Hall, the preparatory school for the Pounds 3,000-a-year St Aloysius College.

Gone are the days when every child started at P4. The school has operated a pre-preparatory department since merging with the independent St Francis primary at Merrylee. There is also a pre-school playgroup.

This puts those who still aspire to join at P4 under considerable pressure, especially as the school demands that they write a 150-word essay on "Myself". Since parents are also asked about their background, no doubt those who identify themselves as Old Aloysians win points.

The only sure route into the college is through the playgroup. As today's Jesuits might say: "Give me a child at the age of three and I will give you a place."

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