The Anglo European School’s 40th Anniversary was extremely memorable for all involved. The celebrations were held over 3 days. On Wednesday 23rd October local historian, Robert Fletcher gave a lecture on links between the school, its land and some key historical figures. This lecture was well attended and enjoyed by all who came.
Representatives from our partner schools in Blanes, Cologne, Avignon, Lyon and Frankfurt flew over to England to join in with the celebrations following a programme which included them having a meeting with the Headteachers, a tour of Ingatestone, meeting some students who had been on an exchange to their school as well as joining in with the scheduled events.
On Thursday 24th October Norman Pitt, former Headteacher of the school spent the whole day with us and even sat in his old chair! Ex-students were invited into the school for tours with the Sixth Formers. The 24th October is of course UN day, so we held our “raising of the UN flag” ceremony in the morning. The Preamble to the UN Charter was read and the flag was raised and witnessed by many. We decided to follow this ceremony by the opening of the Sanctuary and invited special guests and supporters of this project to attend and watch as Norman Pitt cut the ribbon.
The Sanctuary was inspired by the Dag Hammarskjold Room at United Nations Headquaters in New York. This will be a place for quiet; a place for student voice; a place for prayer; a place for mediation and conflict resolution and a place for reflection. In the afternoon there was a special assembly held for Year 7 and 8 with Norman Pitt and David Barrs featuring a short film called the “The Spiritual Heart of the Anglo”. On the evening of the 24th we held a ticketed only event for all ex-students, staff and friends of the school to observe the exhibition of old memorabilia, catch up with old friends and reminisce in the school hall.
Entertainment was in the form of our resident Upper Sixth student Oliver Ward performing close up magic throughout the evening followed by a stage performance. Live music was provided by former student Devon Mayson who is now a singer/songwriter. On Friday 25th October the students and staff were invited to dress in non-uniform along a 1970s theme for the day. The outcome was hilarious – a great end to a fabulous week.