On Friday 9th July, we were delighted to welcome back OVs from the year of 2020 for their belated Leavers’ Service in the Cathedral after their King’s Day was cancelled last year due to Coronavirus.
Unfortunately due to current covid restrictions, we were unable to invite Parents, Guests or the wider King’s Community to the leavers’ service. Instead, the service was live-streamed from within Worcester Cathedral so that, at the very least, they could be virtually present. The recording of the service can be viewed below.
The leavers’ service was held, as is tradition, in Worcester Cathedral and the 2020 Leaver relished being together one more time in this historic landmark. There was a lot of excitement as past classmates and friends arrived for the service and pupils used the time before the ceremony to catch up, albeit whilst ensuring they were socially distanced.
The Leavers’ service was conducted by Mr Ricketts ( Acting Head in 2020) and included prayers from Ellie Deehan and Edmund Poel, including the Leavers’ Prayer and then concluded with the Irish Blessing from Rev Dr Dorsett.
There was a beautiful rendition of Make You Feel My Love sung by Jessica Crithard and the King’s Choir concluded the service with a lovely performance of We’ll Meet Again.
Following the service, Pupils were congratulated and fist-bumped (the best option whilst handshaking is still not allowed) by Mr Ricketts as they passed through the doors of College Hall, where they were met by the sound of applauding staff, who had lined up along College Green to congratulate the leavers. The video of this can be seen here.
There was then time for some photos on the lawn and a chance for our 2020 Leavers to catch up with their Teachers on what they had been up to since leaving King’s last year.
It was wonderful to be able to welcome our 2020 Leavers’ back to King’s and to be able to give them a King’s Day at last.
All photos from the event can be found on the King’s Worcester Flickr.