Lady Margaret School Centenary

Dear Parents / Carers,

As you are all aware, this year marks our Centenary at Lady Margaret School. Over the last year the Centenary committee has met regularly and I would like to share with you some of our plans and ideas, and to let you know about key dates for our celebrations. We hope to mark our Centenary in a number of different ways, including:

March 2017

Special Assemblies to mark our ‘Founders’ Day’, to celebrate the contribution our founders made to LMS and to give the girls and overview of plans for the year ahead.

Friday 29 September 2017

Our 100th birthday

We will celebrate our school birthday with services in St.  Dionis’ as we usually do. We will plan a special programme for the girls for the rest of the day.

Saturday 30 September 2017, 12 noon-5pm

Centenary Birthday Party organised by the PTA. This will be an opportunity for parents, girls, members of LMX and members of our local community to visit the school.

Tuesday 17 October 2017

12 noon

Centenary service at Westminster Abbey

Lady Margaret Beaufort is buried in Westminster Abbey, and we have been given the chance to worship in Westminster Abbey as a whole school community.

Sunday 11 March 2018

3-4pm

Concert in Cadogan Hall

Given our strong musical tradition at LMS, it is great that we will have this opportunity to be able to celebrate the centenary with a concert in Cadogan Hall, near Sloane Square.

In addition to these key events, our year will be marked by our usual events and services which are so important to the life of our school. We are also in the process of planning additional ‘special’ events – more details to follow.

Fundraising continues for our Centenary Garden; planting will take place in the summer of 2017 so that it is complete for the start of the Autumn Term in September.

Our librarian, Mr Bennett, has been working with other members of the Centenary Committee to organise our archives. There will be a display of material from our school archives ready for the School Birthday in September.

Celebrating our Centenary should not only be about our ‘goodly heritage’ but about our legacy, and about how we reach out to the world. When we come to choose our school charity for 2017-18, we will ask the girls to focus on charities which promote the education of girls in parts of the world where girls do not have easy access to education or training. We will choose the school charity earlier than we usually do, so that the charity for 2017-18 has been selected by the end of the summer term.

I know that our girls have very much enjoyed listening to the range of outside speakers who visit us during the course of the year. I would like us to mark our Centenary with a project that aims to invite in a wide range of women to speak to groups of our girls over the course of 2017 and 2018. Our ‘100 Women’ programme will be a focus for the newly appointed Senior Order, and could include already established links with speakers, and with people girls have worked with outside school.

Our Centenary Committee will be meeting again on 28 March to develop these plans. If you have any ideas or suggestions or contacts, then please let us know by then. Every year is exciting and different at Lady Margaret School, and our Centenary Year will be a special opportunity to celebrate our community and our ‘goodly heritage’ and to look forward to the next 100 years of Lady Margaret School.

 

Elisabeth Stevenson

Headteacher