Commemoration Service 2023
Commemoration Day on 24th November marked the celebration of the school's founding with a splendid service at the St Clement Danes Church in Holborn. It marked the 1,137th anniversary of the land allocation to the Danes by King Alfred the Great in 886, where the first church, later known as St. Clement Danes, was built. The school celebrated its forty-seventh year on its current site in Chorleywood.
The service was attended by students in Years 7, 11 and 13, VIPs, Old Danes, Trustees, Staff and Governors.
The service commenced with the Processional Cross carried in by Headboy, Sam James and the Acolyte Torches by Louie Green and Isabella Patterson. Reverend Mark Perry, Resident Chaplin to St Clement Danes Church, warmly welcomed the congregation.
The Year 7 Choir, Adult Choir, Chamber Choir and Orchestra, alongside the captivating solo performance of 'Pie Jesu Gabriel Faure' by Year 13 student Aine Cronnelly, filled the event with musical brilliance with their beautiful performances.
It was wonderful to hear the First Orchestra performing Year 12 student, Phillip Deeley’s, debut performance of his composition, Dies Irae.
Headgirl, Lucy Douglas, and Headteacher, Mr Sutherland, contributed to the service with insightful lessons and Reverend Andrew Prout delivered the final address. The symbolic 'The Anchor is Our Emblem' resonated with soloists, Maya Smart and Jayan Meggs, performing and the service ended with the enchanting Hallelujah Chorus by Handel.
It was a beautiful and memorable morning, with livestreaming for the remaining students who were based at school.
Thank you to all the staff involved, in particular Mr Butterfield, Miss Smart, Mrs Pullen, Mrs Maryubushi and Miss Ryan, for making the day truly special.