Hanford Celebrates

Jul 14

Last week saw pupils, parents, old girls and staff coming together to celebrate the end of the school year and the girls’ many, and considerable, achievements.  Hanford has also been celebrating its 75th anniversary, making this year’s Parents’ Day all the more special.

This year Hanford girls were awarded 15 scholarships to a range of prestigious senior schools; an incredible achievement and testament to the girls’ ambitions and the incredible support and guidance they receive from their teachers.  The awards included academic scholarships to Oundle and St Mary’s Calne, Music to Wells Cathedral School, Art to Bryanston, Clayesmore and Monkton, Sport to St Mary’s Calne and Equestrian to Leweston.

In addition, we were able to celebrate girls in Years 7 and 8 recently being crowned National Prep Schools Champions in the high jump. It is perhaps no surprise that Hanford has been shortlisted in three categories for this year’s Independent Schools of the Year Awards.

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Mr J said, “We are extremely proud of this year’s leavers who, despite all the
challenges thrown their way over the past two years, have flourished in all areas, as our number and range of scholarships show. We are equally proud of their broader contributions to the school, whether through their music, their drama, their leadership, their support for others.”  He added, “We will be sad to see them leave Hanford but we know that the education they’ve received at Hanford will enable them to thrive at their senior schools.  The girls themselves know that they will always be welcome back here; our community of Old Girls is extremely strong and loyal, providing girls with a ready-made community for life.”

Parents’ Day was a wonderful opportunity for the school community and parents to come together to celebrate the girls’ collective and individual brilliance. It started with a concert, including recitals on the piano and flute, some orchestral pieces, a song written by the Leavers and a wonderful rendition of From Now On.  This was followed by dancing and gymnastics displays on the lawn and even a synchronised swimming display to Mamma Mia.

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After picnics on the lawn, the parents enjoyed a whole school play in the shadow of the cedar tree before ice creams and the end of term.  The Leavers then headed to Chapel for their final service at Hanford.

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