On Monday 18th July a celebration of the phenomenal amount of work Fr Andrew Ebrahim has put into the Salesian community in Chertsey. Held in St Anne's Church, at Highfield Road, the celebration was soon filled with people from current students to past teachers at the school as well as a whole host of people from the local community that has worked with Fr Andrew in the last 15 years.
The mass was celebrated by Fr Cyril who gave a moving homily about Fr Andrew's time in the school and the amount of work he has put in to the students and the Salesian priest community. He spoke of a student that once came to Fr Andrew in an emotional state and said they had come to find him because they trusted him and called for everyone to be the same sort of person for another. There were also musical performances by Brendan Soane and Henry Hawkins, Miss O'Carroll and Miss Carlile with a sixth form student and Cathra Plant singing her song 'It's not enough' that was promoted by Fr Andrew.
Fr Andrew then took to the lectern to say a few words and tell some stories about his time in the area. From climbing to the top of St Anne's church and getting caught on CCTV to being escorted from Tesco's with some young people. Once everyone had finished laughing at the different stories the mass was concluded whereupon everyone was invited back to Highfield Road hall for a few drinks, some buffet food and some more celebration.
A final speech was given by Fr John Dickson and Fr Andrew was presented with a leaving gift of a new laptop before a compilation video of students saying thank you and goodbye, a dance by the PE and support departments as well as a whole staff dance. The video concluded with a collection of pictures from Fr Andrew's years at the school.
Overall a humorous, enjoyable and emotional evening was had by all. Fr Andrew will be missed by many in and around the Salesian community.