King's St Alban's

8 July

King’s St Alban’s Day

After a year of so many missing special events and occasions, it was wonderful that all the prep school children, staff and Year 6 parents were able to gather in College Hall for King’s St Alban’s Day, and celebrate all that has been achieved over the past year.

During rehearsals on Friday, it soon became apparent that a huge number of our children had never been in the historic surroundings College Hall before, due to all the restrictions that have been in place. Mr Chapman explained to them that this was the site of the original King’s School and the children were able to soak up the history displayed through the honours boards.

Despite Saturday dawning grey and raining, spirits were not dampened and there was a real sense of excitement and anticipation as the children arrived in school. The skies cleared as we headed to College Hall and Mr Hugh Carslake, retiring Chair of the Governors, welcomed everyone before handing over to Mr Chapman for his review of the year. To reflect on all that we have journeyed through together, Mr Chapman chose seven songs, which Mr Freestone, Assistant Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral played in a fantastic medley: Help! (The Beatles), Under Pressure (Queen), All By Myself (Eric Carmen), Lonely This Christmas (Mud), Zoom (Fat Larry’s Band), The Show Must Go On (Queen), and Happy Together (The Turtles).

As we reflected on all that has been achieved by the children during this academic year, whether in the classroom, on the games field, in dance, drama and art work, at Worcester Cathedral by our choristers and also more widely in the local community, it was a real treat to hear live musical performances from two of our talented Year 6 pupils, Giles and Benedict. Other members of Year 6 also spoke, as they read the arts and sports reports and some also shared their Golden Moments of their time at KSA.

Form and Effort Prizes were awarded to children in every class across the junior school and an impressive array of trophies and shields were presented to some of our Year 6 pupils who have displayed impressive dedication, flair and ability during the past year. All of our Year 6 leavers were then presented with a yearbook before they sang the KSA Leaver’s Song – with lyrics rewritten to reflect the past year. The applause as they processed out into the sunshine was testament to just how proud we are of each and every one of them.

The full King’s St Alban’s Day event can be viewed here.

This year’s brilliant version of the Leaver’s Song can be heard here.