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Commemoration & Thanksgiving for our founder Elizabeth Godolphin

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On Saturday 6th November, the Upper Sixth had the privilege of commemorating our founder, Elizabeth Godolphin, with a service in the Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey.

Spirits were high as we travelled to London in the morning, making our first stops at the London museums and galleries. We enjoyed this opportunity to immerse ourselves in their exhibits and displays, whether they were science, art, or history; a wide range that was enjoyed by everyone. We then spent some time exploring London in the afternoon, later making our way to the much-awaited service at Westminster Abbey.

As we walked through the Abbey, we were in awe of the magnificent architecture that surrounded us and were reminded of how special this event was. During the service, we enjoyed readings by Clemmie Boucher (Head Girl), Mrs Hattersley (Head), reflections by Rev Ayers-Harris (Chaplain) and prayers by Betty Blythe (Deputy Head). A group of the Upper Sixth sang ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ accompanied by the organ which complimented them beautifully. Their voices danced through the Chapel, and this powerful experience was definitely touching for us all. As an end to the service, we made our way to the Elizabeth Godolphin Memorial where Clemmie placed the wreath, filling the air with the soothing smell of eucalyptus. We departed with a strong sense of connection and appreciation for the chance to remember and celebrate this event.

Rachel Watson, Upper Sixth Prefect