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Happy Birthday Queen’s Gate!

Posted on 22 September 2016 by Miss Amy Hinds, Communications Officer

Since January, a host of exciting events has taken place at Queen’s Gate School, in celebration of the 125 years since our Founder, Miss Eleanor Beatrice Wyatt, took five girls under her wing and brought them to 132 Queen’s Gate.

On Wednesday 21 September, the School’s Founder’s Day was celebrated in traditional QG style, with a beautiful church service and afternoon tea.The whole school made its way to Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road and was joined by guests including Governors, Old Girls, former staff and parents for the beautiful service marking 125 of extraordinary education.

The service began with a trumpet fanfare from the London Military Band, followed by a procession, opening hymn, the Welcome from Mrs Kamaryc and an opening prayer by the Reverend Liz Russell.

Senior School Head Girl, Poppy Hooper, and Deputy Head Girl, Evgenia Siokos read from the Psalms and the Book of Proverbs, and six selected Junior and Senior School girls read out ‘What Queen’s Gate Means to Me’. QG Governor, Old Girl and Former Parent, Mrs Manina Weldon, read the poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling during the service.

The Anthem for the service was the excellently-performed Thorns in the Straw, a QG favourite for girls and audience alike. The current LIV performed extracts from their Remove Showcase 2016, A Queen’s Gate Time Machine, during which we met AFS wardens from WWII and Miss Wyatt herself in 1891!

A beautifully-created candle holder, by DT Teacher, Mr Francis, held 12 candles, which were lit during the service representing pupils, teaching staff, the QG Society, the PTA, the local community and more, with guests including Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor, Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford, Chair of Governors, Mr Michael Cummings and QG Old Girl, Mrs Louise Douglas. A poignant moment in the service, with the lights dimmed and organ music playing in the background, silence fell in the audience to mark this special time.

The end of the service was jubilant though, with the singing of the School Hymn and the National Anthem, before attendees headed back to Queen’s Gate to drink tea, eat a fabulous four-tiered celebration cake, created by OG Nicola Tesler, and spend time together on this momentous day.

Happy Birthday Queen’s Gate!