Founders’ Day 2018

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Founders’ Day 2018

Exeter School gives thanks

Exeter School’s annual Founders’ Day Service was held at Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday 21 March.

The whole school, comprising boys and girls aged 7-18, staff and governors, gathered to give thanks to its founders in a beautiful service.

The Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Robert Atwell reflected on ways to feel happy and alleviate anxiety, encouraging the pupils to face up to their fears, stop worrying and be thankful.

The service was conducted by Exeter School's Chaplain, Revd Tom Carson.

Danny Rowe, Beatrice Hughes, Alexander Leaver and Francesca Jenner from the Junior School led the intercessions beautifully.

The Chairman of Governors, Andrew King read the Act of Commemoration together with Head Boy Ben Hayes and Head Girl Megan Stride.

The music was led ably by the Director of Music Peter Tamblyn and the organ was played beautifully by Andrew Daldorph.

Bishop Robert gave the blessing at the end.

The Lord Mayor entered the Cathedral to Fanfare for a Bishop by Michel Rondeau played by the school’s Senior Brass Ensemble and exited to The Theme from The Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein, played by the Symphony Orchestra.

The school’s Chamber Choir performed Ave Verum by Mozart, and Stars by Ēriks Ešenvalds beautifully. The Junior and Middle School Choirs combined to sing Walk On by Carl Strommen.

Alumni and Chair of Governors, Andrew King, Governor Gillian Hodgetts and Tim Hawkins, and OE Club Chair James Brown attended the ceremony.

A cream tea followed for staff and Sixth Formers.

Thanks to everyone who made this significant event in the school’s calendar so enjoyable and run so smoothly.