Come back to Abbotsholme this December, and sing Christmas carols with us in Chapel!
Here is your chance not only to re-live what is, for many Old Abbotsholmians, some very happy memories – but to bring your families along, too. Much of what you have told them of your school days must puzzle them: what was an MoD? how can anyone study in Marmalade? who did you say this Radiant Lover was? what on earth were ACAs? why were you a Red? did the whole school really go off hiking for three days each year? The Carol Service is your chance to bring them to Abbotsholme, where they can visit some of your old haunts – and you can relive your schooldays for an afternoon, listening to the age-old readings and, under the kindly gaze of the Radiant Lover himself, joining in with the traditional carols you know so well.
It has been my great privilege to serve as Headmaster at Abbotsholme School since 2003. I have, however, decided that the time has come to retire and I will do so at the end of this academic year.
Throughout my time it has been a great pleasure to have served our school community and to share the values that underpin an Abbotsholme education. The School is very dear to my heart and I have seen a great deal of change; the site has certainly improved with, for example, the growth of the Prep School, the development of the Pre-Prep and Nursery and the Sixth Form cabins for independent living, the Snell building and, most recently, the synthetic pitch. The School now offers a roots to wings opportunity for the academic, social, physical and moral development of its students and I am immensely proud of everything that Abbotsholme stands for in offering a true education for life.
I would like to share with you four aspects of School that I think you will be interested in:
New Chapel Seating
Some time ago, we had an amusing incident in one Chapel service. One of the chairs creaked and eventually gave way, sending a member of staff sprawling across the Chapel floor. After dignity and decorum were restored, the service continued. On leaving, one Year 11 (5th Form) pupil said to me that this was the “best Chapel ever!” (I am aware that there have been more exciting Chapel services in Abbotsholmian history, but I did not wish to correct him!).