450th Anniversary

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:

Students in Kenya

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 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.

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