The College celebrated the 450th anniversary of its foundation by Queen Elizabeth throughout 2013. A number of activities were scheduled to celebrate this significant year:
Kenya 450, 5 to 17 February. A team of 17 Sixth Form pupils from Elizabeth College travelled to Kenya to visit a school at Turi in the African Rift Valley. The aim was to establish some longer term links with the school, potentially on an annual basis. For the students who travelled the objective was to develop their understanding about the lives of other people in other parts of the world, something which should help to focus and shape their lives.
While in Kenya the students helped to teach local children as well as helping with building work to develop the school facilities.
The Elizabethan Week, 4 to 8 March. This week formed the main focus for 450th anniversary activities within the College. Events included themed lessons, mini projects and other curriculum-based activities.
The first major celebratory event in 2013 for the whole College community was the 450th Anniversary Ball held on Saturday 13 April in the David Ferguson Hall at Beau Sejour. 450 parents, Old Elizabethans, staff and other friends of Elizabeth College and Elizabeth College Junior School hugely enjoyed this historic occasion. The evening featured a filmed musical performance by ECJS, a drama interlude of Blackadder and a charity auction before the diners took to the dance floor to enjoy the music of The Barlows.
450th Foundation Celebration – A celebratory event for donors to the Elizabeth College Foundation held on Saturday 25 May 2013. The Letters Patent recording Elizabeth I’s orders to establish Elizabeth College were issued on 25 May 1563.
“Proms in the Park” – a whole-school informal music event and mass-picnic at College Field on Thursday 27 June.
The annual Guernsey OEA Dinner took place on Friday 28 June in St James and the London OEA Dinner took place on Friday 11 October at the RAF Club.
The Elizabeth College Music Festival (Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September) featured a massed choir and orchestra of as many OEs as could be squeezed into St James. The programme included a new piece written especially for the occasion as well as classical favourites and, of course, a rousing Carmen.
Statutes Day Celebration on 27 September. The statutes of the “School of Queen Elizabeth” are contained in a letter of the Royal Commissioners, dated 27 September 1563.
The formal opening of the Colborne building on Friday 18 October. The Colborne building contains the new FG Manchester Refectory, Performing Arts Studio and the Music department and was opened by the Bailiff before the annual Commemoration day Service at Town Church.
End of Year Carol Services on 16 and 17 December.
The climax of the 450th Celebrations for the JuniorSchool was our Elizabethan themed day, with a visit by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, who was then able to cut her very own celebration cake!
Despite the midnight thunder storm (causing more than a few teachers an anxious wait), the day itself dawned clear and by mid morning and we were enjoying sunny skies. The time just flew past. Both staff and pupils have felt so proud to be celebrating the 450th year of ElizabethCollege.
Our Tudor Day was an immense success where the Acorn House children joined their Beechwood friends and immersed themselves in the Elizabethan era by dressing up in the most majestic costumes; baking traditional gingerbread just as Queen Elizabeth herself did for her servants; decorating crowns and tiaras; carefully cutting silhouette portraits of themselves; creating craft Tudor Roses and playing traditional Elizabethan games.
Acorn House also celebrated in style by performing an Elizabethan Tale named ‘Rubies, Ruffs and Royalty’. All 109 children had individual parts in this year’s Summer Play which included Henry VIII’s amazing banquets; competing with Francis the King of Spain in archery; fencing and jousting competitions; Elizabeth I’s portrait artists; Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh and the Spanish Armada; Shakespeare performing three of his plays with his Chamberlain’s men and finally celebrating Elizabeth’s proposal of building a school in Guernsey with a royal walkabout and Grand Ball. All were accompanied by rousing and humorous songs. A fantastic celebration and as one of the songs says “Rubies, Ruffs and Royalty are now part of our Acorn history”.
The morning, at Beechwood, was taken up with a variety of activities designed to give a taste of Elizabethan times. Writing with a quill, designing a Personal Coat of Arms, decorating gingerbread (an Elizabeth I speciality!), clay candle holders and Tudor dancing all went on indoors while Mrs Pollard was busy in the garden planting a Tudor rose with many willing helpers.
Lunch saw the magnificent roast hog served to lots of hungry children and staff – the delicious smells as they cooked having taunted us all morning. Birthday cake (of course!) finished off the meal, cut by our visitor, Elizabeth I herself, who had been circling the school all morning.
The afternoon events allowed the children to enjoy some relaxation time and they charged around the field enjoying apple bobbing, a coconut shy, pin the tail on the donkey and Roll a penny games. Various corners were given over to croquet and boules and a hoopla games was tucked onto the hard court. A couple of bouncy castles worked off some stored energy and helped the whole system to keep moving.
The day was certainly one to remember.
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