St Leonards-Mayfield School, on the
border of East Sussex and Kent, has marked the end of its 150th
anniversary year celebrations at a special event at the school. Students, parents,
teachers, governors, benefactors and alumnae packed the school’s chapel last
month for a special mass to close the anniversary year, celebrated by
the Most Reverend Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio for Great Britain. Later
that day, guests filled the school’s concert hall to watch students perform in
a unique closing ceremony, marking the end of the celebratory year.
The audience watched a special
presentation highlighting key moments in the school’s 150 year history, as well
as details of the anniversary celebrations, which included the burial of a
special time capsule in July, containing letters from each current student,
artefacts from the school’s history and Mayfield memorabilia. The capsule will
remain sealed at the school until its bicentenary in 2063.
Performances during the closing
ceremony included songs from the school’s choir, Schola, who are soon to
perform in St. Paul’s Cathedral, musical recitals, drama, dance and a special
blessing from the Holy Child School of Killiney, Ireland. St Leonards-Mayfield
School’s Headmistress, Antonia Beary closed the ceremony with the lighting of
an anniversary candle, which was in turn passed to each guest in the audience.
Miss Beary said: “It is certainly
an amazing feat for a school to be celebrating its 150th
anniversary. The celebrations throughout the anniversary year have been a great
success and have brought our school community together to reflect on the
school’s history, as well as
looking forward to its future.
“Our sincere thanks to the Most
Reverend Antonio Mennini for leading the very special mass and marking the
close of what has been a truly memorable year. Here’s to the next 150 years!”
The day also saw the opening of the
school’s brand new state-of-the-art sixth form centre, which allows sixth
formers at the all-girls Catholic school to have their own dedicated learning
area and community space. The centre was declared open during a plaque
unveiling and blessing by the Most Reverend Antonio Mennini.
Notes to Editors:
St Leonards-Mayfield School was
founded in 1863 when Mother Cornelia Connolly and her group of young pupils
enjoyed a picnic in the grounds of The Old Palace, leading to the restoration
of the medieval ruin and the establishment of St Leonards-Mayfield School, more
usually known as ‘Mayfield’.
Today the school looks to the
future with a highly successful Independent Schools Inspectorate report from
September 2012 which gave the school an overall rating of ‘excellent’ and has
been included in the 2012 list of the Top 50 Girls’ Boarding Schools in the UK.
Media contact: Caroline
Burgess, PR Manager, PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street,
Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9HP.