King’s Celebrates 50 Years of Co-education in Springtime Style
This year, we have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of a key moment in the history of King’s College: the arrival of the first girl pupils. A few brave souls led the way in the first year, and girl numbers grew from there. For many years the school had a mixed Sixth Form only, but in 1991 we began to take girls into other year groups. It has been a long journey of change, but every step along the way has been a step in the right direction.
We’re delighted to announce that our Spring Fair event, organised to coincide with our annual OA Day, has been a resounding success. The weather stayed dry and kindly facilitated this old-fashioned country fair. We were joined by a good number of former pupils, many revisiting the school for the first time in some years. They particularly enjoyed the wonderful historical display created by our Archives Department.
Throughout the day, our whole King’s community were able to partake in the variety of activities on offer; from carriage rides, to paint ball shooting, coconut shies to a tin-can alley – there was something for everyone.
Our Big Band performed pretty much non-stop, entertaining those seeking refreshments from our PFA-led tea room. Beyond, their jazz sounds could be heard filtering through the trees and across to the girls’ cricket matches taking place on the first XI pitch.
The fun dog show was well attended, with impeccably well-behaved canines all battling it out for titles such as ‘cutest canine’, ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘the judge’s favourite’.
Concluding the day was a beautiful evensong in the school Chapel, led by our Chaplain, Father Mark, and a choir of pupils, staff, parents and friends.
Thank you to our housemistresses and other staff for making this such a memorable event. Everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion and as always, our pupils were fantastic ambassadors for the school.
Commenting, Lisa Cashmore, the current housemistress of Meynell House said: “The Spring Fair was the perfect celebration of the wonderfully inclusive community we have at King’s. The school was turned in to a village green for a few hours, allowing around 650 people to enjoy some old fashioned fun together. The girls’ cricket matches, featuring a high standard of play by the King’s, Somerset and club teams, made a statement as to not only how far the school has come in terms of co-education, but also how we are seeking to move forward for the next 50 years and beyond”.
She added: “We managed to raise in excess of £3,500 – a fabulous achievement. The proceeds of the event will be going to the Malala Fund, a charity chosen by the girls’ houses, which aims to make it possible for every girl in the world to go to school. There could be not be a more appropriate and worthy cause.”
Published on: Thursday, May 9, 2019