Students steal the show on Letchworth school’s 100th anniversary

The oldest girl, Catherine, and youngest boy, Bart, cutting the centenary cake. Credit: Holly Bazley

The oldest girl, Catherine, and youngest boy, Bart, cutting the centenary cake. Credit: Holly Bazley - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth boarding school celebrated its centenary with a ‘morning talk’ packed with rousing songs and voices from the past.

Musicians accompany the singing of the school song and Jerusalem at the St Christopher centenary ass

Musicians accompany the singing of the school song and Jerusalem at the St Christopher centenary assembly. Credit: Holly Bazley - Credit: Archant

St Christopher School marked the occasion with a fond look back at the past 100 years featuring speeches from old scholars and an address from head Richard Palmer.

But students of all ages stole the show with presentations delving through the school’s past and hearty renditions of Jerusalem and the school song.

Mr Palmer said: “For 100 years St Christopher School has provided a distinctive education for thousands of children.

“Today the school thrives and successfully blends the preservation of childhood with preparation for life in a modern world.

Headteacher Richard Palmer speaking at the St Christopher centenary assembly. Credit: Holly Bazley

Headteacher Richard Palmer speaking at the St Christopher centenary assembly. Credit: Holly Bazley - Credit: Archant


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“There is ever growing pressure for children to grow up too quickly and we continue to resist this.

“When young people leave St Christopher they do so ideally equipped for the modern world: creative, careful, compassionate and considered thinkers who value all people and who are open to change.”

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The school – where teachers are called by their first name and students aren’t expected to wear uniform – is marking the anniversary with a series of talks throughout the year.

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