In what can only be described as a momentous occasion, pupils from King’s St Alban’s joined together with pupils from across the King’s Foundation for a service in Worcester Cathedral this morning. Marking not only the start of the academic year, but new beginnings, the service was the first time in over 18 months that pupils from all three schools have been able to come together.
With many of our pupils visiting the Cathedral for the first time, the children from Year 3 to Year 5 behaved impeccably throughout and we are extremely proud of each and every one of them. The service began with the School Chaplain, Rev. Mark Dorsett, welcoming the whole community, celebrating the coming together of the whole King’s family, putting school life in ‘bubbles’ behind us and looking to the road ahead as one.
Following a rousing hymn, children were captivated by the Head of the Foundation, Mr Doodes, who addressed the congregation. Grabbing the imagination of our pupils with the history of the Cathedral from the laying of the very first foundation stone, Mr Doodes’ address culminated with what it is to be a true Vigornian.
The atmosphere within the Cathedral came alive, with congregational hymns together with the beautiful voices of the choir, many of whom are King’s St Alban’s choristers. Readings, read by the Heads of School from the senior school, included Luke 6:31: Do to others as you would them do to you, a theme resonating with our pupils and our Growth Mindset key word for the term ‘Kindness’.
The first of many opportunities our pupils will have to be inspired by Worcester Cathedral, today’s service was a truly a most significant occasion, not just for our pupils, but also for those at King’s Hawford and King’s Worcester. We look forward to joining together as a Foundation again as the year progresses.