Published on: Thursday, September 15, 2022

On Holy Cross Day, Wednesday 14 September, the new Headmaster of King’s College Taunton, Mr Michael Sloan, was officially Installed in the College Chapel. The whole school community and the school Governors attended this celebratory Mass.

The School Chaplain, Father Mark Smith, invited The Reverend Justin White, the Senior Provost of Woodard Schools to deliver the sermon and ceremonially lead Mr Sloan to his stall in the Chapel where he promised to “do all in my power to promote the Christian character, practice and teaching of this school”.

During the sermon, The Reverend White spoke about the meaning of service and made specific reference to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all she had given and sacrificed for our nation. He said "Your Majesty, you did many things with great love, inspired by the love of your Saviour, who so loved the world that he gave his very self so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. We pray that this promise is yours today."

Members of the King’s College community then presented the Headmaster with symbols of the life of the school.

The Headmaster said, "I accept the appointment of Headmaster with the full knowledge that, as a Woodard School, the school shares the Woodard Corporation's object of providing an education in accordance with the doctrines and principles of the Church."

The practice of installation began in 1848, with the purpose of giving Heads and chaplains the responsibility of promoting and nurturing Christian values within the school community.

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