On Friday 17th September The Kingsley School hosted its first non-virtual community event since the pandemic began. Students, staff, parents, governors, alumnae and extended families were all invited to ‘Kingsley’s Big Birthday Bash’.
The event was a celebration of the Leamington-based school’s 137th birthday and all of the other birthdays members of the Kingsley community were unable to enjoy together during lockdown.
The outdoor event took place at the school’s 17-acre playing fields off Sandy Lane. Students of all ages enjoyed party games and fun activities including a whole-school pass-the-parcel, inflatable obstacle courses and silly sports. The Sixth Form Leadership Team set up traditional side-stalls for younger pupils (and staff!), including beanbag throwing, face painting and ‘guess the name of the teddy bear’. Food and ice cream vans were on site to provide refreshments and sweet treats.
During the evening, guests enjoyed musical performances from students and alumnae, including alumna and recording singer/song writer, Bronte Clare, and Alex Meixner. Acting Headteacher, Mrs Christina McCullough, gave a special birthday address; she spoke of the school’s founder – Rose Kingsley – and its 137-year history, the resilience shown by students and staff during an extremely challenging 18 months and, above all, the joy of bringing everyone back together again. Following a heartfelt rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, Head Girl Molly Hunt was given the special task of cutting the birthday cake. The cake was decorated with Kingsley blue cornflowers which are featured on the school’s historic crest.
Acting Headteacher, Mrs Christina McCullough, says: “It was so nice to celebrate not only Kingsley’s birthday, but all of the other birthdays we were unable to celebrate during lockdown. Hearing the sound of our pupils singing, laughing and having fun felt very special after such a challenging 18 months.”