The most special of fundraising and founders’ days once again went off with a bang. The traditional Eucharist service involved a particularly stirring rendition of the school hymn (as well as a jazzy bonus from Chapel Choir), and the 2p race out on the tennis courts had a particularly special guest this year – Miss Joy Gilliver, who actually invented the 2p race 35 years ago when she was a teacher at the School. She fired the starting gun and the mad dash to lay out hundreds of hearts along the court lines had all the usual vim, vigour and humour. The winners were:
- Team spirit: 10J
- Length: 10M
- Weight: Juniors
- Neatness: 11K
- Teamwork: 7M
The charity fair in Old School Hall and the Atrium boasted such old favourites as face painting and Whack A Mole, as well as an epic cake stall, courtesy of the Juniors. The final fundraising total was £2,389, a brilliant achievement.
The lacrosse match versus Abingdon’s first rugby team at Church Farm was a thumping triumph this year, with the Upper Sixth side winning 9–2. With spectators from both schools making their voices heard, the usual good humour and fun abounded. The day was rounded off with the House Dodgeball tournament and the Upper Sixth's lovingly satirical play ‘Harriet Posher’.
It was wonderful to see so many Old Girls joining in with the school hymn, sending in their KitKat photos and sharing memories, proving that you can take the girl out of St Helen’s but never the St Helen’s out of the girl…