Foundation Day


Foundation Day – A Double Celebration 

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Current and former pupils, parents, staff and friends of St Catherine’s gathered on Foundation Day for the double celebration of the 134th Birthday of the School and the 125th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Chapel.  

The afternoon began with a special chapel service of commemoration which closely followed the exact service of dedication led by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1894.   Our Chaplain, the Rev’d Dr McNair Scott, was joined by The Venerable Paul Davies, Archdeacon of Surrey, The Right Rev’d Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking, and former Chaplain, Rev’d Canon Colin Tickner, each of whom took part in the Service.  The Chapel Choir followed the theme of the Address by singing the specially composed anthem ‘Let Us Go On’ by Matthew Greenfield, Director of Music, a setting of the words from Hebrews, VI, from which we take our school motto.  

This was followed by a fantastic, inspiring talk by Nikki Henderson (Year of 2011) in which she told us how she had competed in the Fastnet Race, had been the youngest skipper in the history of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, finishing second in 2018, and was a guest skipper on Tracey Edward’s yacht for the first leg of the all-female ‘The Maiden Factor’ World Tour.  Nikki also reminisced about her school days and how her career path has developed in what might be seen as an unorthodox way, yet the perfect fit for her.  

This was followed by a delicious afternoon tea.  The dining room was abuzz with people sharing their memories of St. Catherine’s whilst reuniting with old friends and viewing the many displays from the School archives.  The traditional cake was cut with Nikki Henderson and her year group friends who returned with her helping out.  

Thank you for such a lovely Foundation Day event yesterday.  What a great celebration - Nikki was an inspirational speaker and the scones were fab!  We thoroughly enjoyed having a chance to look through the archive material that was on display.  It was all so interesting.  (Current Staff) 

What a wonderful celebratory occasion! Such a buzz and the community at its best - family, friends, alumnae, past staff. (Current Parent) 


The Chapel has always held a special place in my heart, where many a day I sat in reflection and contemplation, and to be part of yesterday’s dedication service was the perfect start to such an enjoyable day.  (Former Staff) 


I just wanted to pass on my gratitude for the opportunity to attend this lovely occasion and rejoice in past memories of the chapel.  (Former Staff)