THERE was commemoration and celebration as Lord Williams’s School held its annual Founder’s Day last week.
Every year the school hosts former pupils and staff for a special service at St Mary’s Church, followed by a series of presentations, sports fixtures and tours to see how the school has developed since their time.
On the Friday, guests were shown a presentation about the recent World Challenge expedition to India.
On the Saturday after the church service, current sixth formers showed past pupils around the school and shared stories.
Later that afternoon a series of sports fixtures featuring current pupils and old Thamensians were played out.
Head teacher David Wybron said: “It’s an annual tradition that’s over 100 years old.
“It’s a very powerful day, a key part of the calendar and is always a success.
“The people coming back are reminiscing and today’s pupils are chatting with them and learning about the past. Both sides find it fascinating.
“You see the present mixing with the past.”
As part of the celebrations a piece of art created by four current students was unveiled. Called Memory, the piece by Eileen Higgs, 17, Laura Simons, 16, Yolande Lomas, 16, and Caitlin Stanway-Williams, 16, was designed to represent the way we record events and what happens to those archives.
Mr Wybron added: “It was a great weekend of commemoration and celebration which also saw the school looking forwards.”