Chafyn Grove School Centenary
Two-hundred old boys and girls of Chafyn Grove re-visited the school last Friday to celebrate its centenary. The celebrations began with a moving service in the Cathedral followed by a reception at school.
Two-hundred old boys and girls of Chafyn Grove re-visited the school last Friday to celebrate its centenary.
Centenary Celebrations for Chafyn Grove School began with a moving service in the Cathedral. The nave had been decorated with huge banners in the house (Eights) colours made from strips sewn by the children. Lewis Hingston, a year 8 pupil, impressed with his masterful performance on the organ of Tuba Tune by C S Lang.
The service took the theme of the passing of time and varied in tone from the amusing prep school reminiscences of Col. James Dewar, a pupil from the 1960s, to a reading of Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man', the readers ranging from Year 5 pupils to various staff members and an ex headmaster, James Barnes. The address was given by Rev Jim Findlay, who considered some of the landmark events marked during the school's history.
Interspersed between the readings were spirited songs from all sections of the school, from Pre-Prep to the Chapel Choir and it was the occasion of the first performance of the new school song, words written by pupil, Jonty Nottingham and music by Dylan Price. Past and present Chafyn Grove pupils and parents appreciated the opportunity to hear Mr Simon Head, the new Headmaster round off the service with a look to the future before the orchestra struck up with a rousing rendition of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance'.
The service was followed by a reception at the school where ex staff and pupils were able to reminisce and renew old friendships. Some went on a tour of the school with current pupils. Their stories of their time at the school made the present staff grateful that pupils are not as naughty these days!
The school archives have been unearthed and curated to produce a fascinating display of photographs, letters and other artefacts to document the school's long history. This is enhanced by a newly edited film taking the school from 1920s games lessons and camping trips to the latest drone footage shot last week.
Amongst the recollections was the time a train full of American troops bound for the Normandy landings paused by the school during a cricket match. Play was interrupted by the shower of chewing gum and rations which rained down on the outfield. Many of the other memories recalled shenanigans and rescues in the swimming pool - several at midnight, one just before a confirmation service.
Amongst the returning old boys was Mike Lapage (OCG 1931-1937) who won a silver medal for rowing at the 1948 Olympics, and was a torch-bearer at London 2012.
All recalled their time at Chafyn Grove with warmth and affection, wishing it well for its next one hundred years.
Report filed 5/10/16