Top school Henrietta Barnett celebrates centenary at St Paul’s Cathedral
Henrietta Barnett School celebrated its centenary in style as 2,000 people attended a service in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Students, staff, parents, governors, ex-staff, and former pupils attended the ceremony at the cathedral, which featured Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, giving a sermon on the importance of education.
Former pupil Caroline Anstey, managing director of the World Bank, had flown in from the US to give a speech. The service also featured a talk by the current head girl, who spoke about the Henrietta Barnett’s vision for the future.
Attendees were also treated to a foray into the school’s past. The service featured hymns which were part of the school’s history, including Praise My Soul.
Headteacher Oliver Blond said: “We were going through the years and the different traditions that were part of the school.”
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The service also gave a nod to the different nationalities at the school, as pupils gave readings in 10 different languages.
Mr Blond, said: “This was a fantastic event with the whole of Henrietta Barnett School coming together and celebrating 100 years of educational excellence.”
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The school in Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, was founded in 1911 by Dame Henrietta Octavia Weston Barnett, who was a pioneer of early female education.