Queen Anne's Celebrate Service Of Thanksgiving At Westminster Abbey

Thursday 29th October 2015

The community of Queen Anne’s School in Caversham came together to celebrate the school’s biennial Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. Parents, pupils, Governors and staff attended the service on Friday 23 October. Members of the QA Society (Alumni) were also present alongside invited guests including Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE.

The-Reverend-Rose-Hudson-Wilkin

The preacher was The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin. Born in Montego Bay, The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin was appointed a Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen in 2007. She was appointed a Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons in 2010, as well as a Priest Vicar here at Westminster Abbey. Rose is a trailblazer, being ordained to the priesthood in 1994, the first year that the Church of England ordained women, and being the first black female to be appointed a Chaplain to The Queen. She is known for her commitment to challenging institutional racism in the Church and wider society.

The service began with a performance of “The Introit” by the Consort Choir in the nave of the Abbey. Following a welcome to the service, given by The Reverend Professor Vernon White, Canon Theologian of Westminster, the Foundation Chalice, a Victorian silver chalice gifted to Grey Coat, was carried to the High Altar by Queen Anne’s Deputy Head Girl Orla Jones, U6, and the School Bible was carried by Deputy Head Girl, Laura Bunce, U6.

Mr-Steven-Jackson

During the service, Mrs Julia Harrington, Headmistress, read a poem during the prayers, written by Martin Niemöller. Mr Niemöller was a Lutheran pastor and initially a supporter of Adolf Hitler, who later opposed the Nazi state. Following his imprisonment in a concentration camp, he expressed his regret at not taking the opportunity to do more to help the victims of the Holocaust. Mr Steven Jackson, Teacher of English, also recited a passage from Esther 4: 4-17.

GCSE-Drama-Performance-During-The-ServiceAs well as readings given by members of staff, GCSE drama pupils Francesca Coleman, Camille Morana, Bronwen Stuttaford, Ella Yeo, Laura Clarke and Lauren Philliban performed a modernised version of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Head Girls Kate Turner, U6, and Amelia De Normann, U6, alongside Head of Chapel, Alice Brazil, U6, then led the congregation in the prayers, accompanied by music from Camille Morana who performed Sarabande in D minor on the violin.

The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin gave an Address to the congregation during which she encouraged pupils to not just simply follow the path but to create their own trails and praised the work of Queen Anne’s staff and parents for preparing girls to be creative, courageous and compassionate human beings.

The Consort Choir and the Chamber Choir of Queen Anne’s School led the service and following the Address, the Chamber Choir performed an anthem, which had been Camille-Moranaspecially composed by U6 student, Gabrielle Woodward. The anthem is based on the text “Christ is made the sure foundation”.

Following the service, members of the congregation were handed a Queen Anne’s Gingerbread as they exited the Abbey. The significance of the gingerbread dates back to the school’s links with Westminster and the Grey Coat Hospital and how children who took part in annual processions of “Charity Children” to St Andrew’s Church in Holborn were provided with £12.00 of gingerbread as a ‘comfort on the way home.’

Queen-Anne's-Choir-at-Westminster-Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view photographs from the Westminster Abbey Service

 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Sports News

20 September 2017

A round up of the latest sports news from Queen Anne's in the week commencing Monday 11 September.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Make It to Botswana!

18 September 2017

In the wind and rain on Friday 15 September, the pupils and staff (and dogs!) of Queen Anne's School completed their epic walk to Botswana!
 

Recent News

The L6 Get Stuck In with the Army Outreach Team

14 September 2017

On Friday 8 September, the L6 braved the damp conditions at Longmoor Camp in Hampshire where Queen Anne's were the first to experience a bespoke day organised by the Army Outreach Team.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne’s Head Girls attend Tatler School Awards

13 September 2017

Monday 11 September saw Queen Anne's two Head Girls attend their first outing of the year representing Queen Anne’s School at Tatler’s 14th annual Schools Awards 2017.
 

Recent News

Bella Competes for England at the Lacrosse Festival

07 September 2017

Over the summer holidays, Sixth Form student and Sports Captain Bella competed for the England U19 A Lacrosse team in the Lacrosse festival held in conjunction with the Lacrosse World Cup at Surrey Sports Park.
 

Recent News

The Queen Anne's Summer Sport Round Up

07 September 2017

A round up of all the summer sports news from Queen Anne's including an Alumnae achievement and our sports awards guest.
 

Recent News

GCSE Success for Queen Anne's Girls

24 August 2017

Queen Anne’s School is delighted to announce another year of outstanding GCSE results with 55% of pupils achieving A*/A grades.
 

Recent News

Outstanding A Level Success for Queen Anne’s Girls

17 August 2017

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, is delighted to report another set of excellent A Level results for 2017 that the girls can be very proud of with 66% of all grades at A*, A or B.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's girls going for Gold!

03 August 2017

31 intrepid Sixth Formers boarded a coach at 6am on the first day of their holidays and headed north to the beautiful mountains and tarns of the Lake District in Cumbria to take part in their DofE Qualifying and Practice Expeditions
 

Recent News

Silver Qualifying Group Reduces Duke of Edinburgh's Assessor to Tears

26 July 2017

One of our DofE Silver groups actually reduced a Sam Sykes Ltd professional outdoor instructor to tears on their qualifying expedition in the Yorkshire Dales with their courage and determination.
 

Next Event

Joep Franssens UK Premiere at Queen Anne's

03 October 2017

On Tuesday 3 October at 7.30pm, Queen Anne's School will be hosting the UK premiere of Joep Franssens 'Gift of Song' - a work for two pianos: one pre-recorded and one live.