Celebrating 400 Years
You can download the special edition of The Wilsonian, 400th Anniversary Edition.
Raising the Flag, 29/9/2014
ON MONDAY 29 September 2014, we celebrated the school's 399th birthday. After introductory remarks from the Head, the School Captain recited the school's hymn. CCF representation was provided by M. Alvarado-Rivero and Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary was played by M. Ahearn as a new flag was raised. Mr Wisson, Chair of Governors hoisted the flag along with Samuel Powell of 7G, who shares his birthday with that of the school. A tour of the Lower School followed, with associated hard hats and high visibility jackets! And so begins the countdown to 29 September 2015, the 400th anniversary of the school’s foundation by Edward Wilson, and the associated campaign to raise funds to refurbish the school hall.
The Marsden March
ON 22 MARCH 2015, as part of the school’s 400th anniversary celebrations, a team of boys and staff participated in the Marsden March, with a target of raising £8,286.50 for the Royal Marsden Hospital. The target was more than achieved, and on May 7th, the Head and outgoing School Captain (Harry L. Perkin) were joined by many of those who were involved in the 14 mile walk, in order to hand over a cheque for £16,150 to Janet Tobin (School Liaison Officer). She said that it was almost certainly without precedent for a school to raise so much, a sum that neatly reflects the year of our foundation: 1615.
A fine example of the school’s motto, non sibi sed omnibus, being put into action!
The John Jenkins Hall
OVER THE LAST YEAR the school has been raising funds for a major refurbishment of the main school Hall, to include the stage, seating, sound and lighting systems and overall décor. The appeal has now ended and the work is complete. The new hall commemorates the late Director of Studies and Deputy Head John Jenkins, who will be remembered with gratitude and affection by the generations of Wilsonians who passed through the school in the years after its move to Wallington. We are therefore delighted to announce that the hall will be known as the John Jenkins Hall.
The Hall was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO, during his visit on Wednesday 23 September 2015.
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Founder’s Day 2015
ON SEPTEMBER 29 2015, the day of the 400th anniversary, the whole school travelled to Southwark Cathedral for a special service of commemoration and thanksgiving. The service featured the 1597 silver chalice, used by Edward Wilson himself, which was brought out of the silver vault in Covent Garden and carried to the cathedral from Saint Giles’ in Camberwell.
At the same time, there was a service at Saint Giles’ Church Camberwell, the old school church, attended by Old Wilsonians, followed by a reception.
At 11 am, there was a simultaneous ringing of the bells at Southwark Cathedral, Saint Giles and Croydon Minster.
The school also received a letter from Buckingham Palace in recognition of the school’s quatercentenary and a visit from HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG GVCO, in the week leading up to the anniversary.
Old Wilsonians’ Dinner at the Travellers’ Club
A fabulous evening was had by all, as generations of Old Boys (from the 1940s to the 2000s) shared stories of their school.