Woodford County High School first opened to its pupils on 29 September 1919. Seven teachers oversaw the education of 110 girls in a building which would doubtless be familiar to us, but had only recently been repurposed having served as a military hospital throughout World War One. Over the intervening century the school has increased ten-fold in size. While its core purpose remains unchanged, the ways in which it prepares girls to thrive in adult life is constantly evolving.
This week, we mark the school’s 100th birthday.
On Friday, we celebrate with our current students. The day will start, in line with tradition, with a Parade of Banners on the Front Lawn, followed by our Birthday Service for which we’ll be joined by a number of invited guests (governors, former staff, Old Girls and PFA representatives). The service concludes the formal part of the day and gives way to the eating of a great deal of cake.
Activities for the rest of the day include:
Year 7: a puzzle challenge
Year 8: a murder mystery to solve
Year 9: Outdoor activities at Gilwell Park
Year 10: a wide variety of activities from cookery to dance, here on site
Year 11: Outdoor activities at Thriftwood
On Sunday (the actual Centenary) 700+ former students will return to the school to celebrate this mile stone anniversary at an Old Girls’ Association event.
The end of the week should bring some surprises. It is our hope that there is something for everyone in our celebrations, making these truly memorable occasions.
Ms Jo Pomeroy