Leighton Park School enjoyed a fabulous day of celebration on Thursday 22nd January commemorating the 125th anniversary of their founding.
A party-themed birthday breakfast in Oakview started the day with bangers and bacon rolls accompanied by balloons and bunting.
Collect (similar to assembly) and lessons from 1890 took place during the morning with teachers robed in gowns and many people employing language appropriate to the Victorian classroom. Breathers, a nineteenth century form of aerobics, was undertaken by the whole school together, resulting in plenty of laughter. Students from Year 7 to Year 9 created time capsules from 1890 discovering much about life at Leighton Park for the first pupils. “It was a great insight into a day in the life of a student in 1890” said Evie Morgan, Year 9.
Scrumptious cupcakes were enjoyed by all at break followed by a fantastic 125-shaped photograph of students and staff on the sports field before lunch.
A sporting afternoon of girls’ U15 netball against LVS Ascot and boys’ U16 football against Maiden Erlegh was supported by a celebratory 125 crowd getting into the carnival spirit with fun, hotdogs, popcorn and face-painting.
Following the sports, the Vintage Old Leightonians, alumni over the age of 70, shared the official 125th anniversary birthday cake at an afternoon tea, Parents of current students were also welcomed to the modern dining centre, Oakview, to join the party. The cake was cut by the school’s youngest pupil, Maia Stevens, and most senior OL on the Park today, Karl Lehmann, after a warm welcome by the Head, Nigel Williams.
And finally, as a wonderful way to end the birthday celebrations, the Park was visible in a whole new light with students, parents, OLs, governors and staff sharing the enchanting illuminations.
“This has been a day of fun and reflection on our distinctive heritage as a Quaker school whilst highlighting the strengths of our community and committing ourselves to upholding these values in the future“ enthused Nigel Williams, Head.