Foundation 2017

Foundation Day 24th September 2017

The sun shone and alumnae of all ages, current & former parents and staff, as well as friends in the local area, joined us on Sunday, 24th September 2017 for Foundation Day which celebrates the birthday of the school in 1885, when St Catherine’s opened with 11 boarders and 6 day scholars.

Over 60 members of the Association gathered at 2pm for a lovely Chapel Service, led by Rev’d Dr Benji McNair Scott, on the theme of ‘Awe and Wonder”, and as part of the Intercessory prayers we remembered Lottie Fullerton, Year of 2013, who sadly died in a tragic trekking accident in Nepal in August.

It was a short stroll to the Lecture Theatre for a fascinating and insightful Keynote talk on “The Value of Art: Size Matters and Beauty Sells!”, by Sian Folley (2005), who is a specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby’s. She gave us riveting insights into the art market, the valuation and auction process and explained why some artists’ work command such extraordinary prices. She had many behind-the-scenes stories to share and there was a lively Q&A session at the end. 

The afternoon ended with a delicious cream tea in the dining room with much chat and laughter, catching up and networking. There was also the opportunity for a hands-on experience of our new digital archive. Several groups enjoyed a tour and were delighted to see how the school had changed.

Do come along and join us next year on 23rd September 2018 for the 133rd birthday party.