Brentwood Preparatory School kicked off celebrations for its 125th Year with an uplifting Cathedral Service in the presence of school governors, parents, staff and local dignitaries.
The Mayor of Brentwood Councillor Noelle Hones, Brentwood & Ongar MP the Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles, and the Queen’s representative in Essex Lord Petre, joined a packed congregation at a service to mark the beginning of a year dubbed ‘Prep125’.
The special service, in the newly-opened Brentwood Cathedral following its redecoration, was led by School Chaplain, the Rev’d. Dr Adrian McConnaughie, with the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Rev’d Stephen Cottrell giving the address.
Brentwood Prep was founded in 1892 with the first lessons being held in the School House dining room. Today, the School is a thriving community of over 400 pupils and a teaching and non-teaching staff body of 60.
Reflections by Prep Headmaster Jason Whiskerd and 10-year-old pupil Scarlett Catton were followed by an entertaining talk from Bishop Stephen which included him showing his juggling skills to the spellbound young audience.
The year of celebrations continue with a special Victorian Day in April, Gala Ball in June, and music concert in October.
Headmaster of the Preparatory School Mr Jason Whiskerd commented: “We are grateful to the Dean of the Cathedral, Father Martin Boland, for allowing us to start off this celebratory year at such an auspicious venue. The service had a superb balance of commemoration and humour, with uplifting music, and all the pupils will remember it for many years to come. Thank you to everyone who joined with us to mark the occasion.”