Kendrick School celebrated 140 years of girls’ education at the start of this academic year. Starting with a whole school assembly on the 25th September and a cake competition with each form baking a cake or cakes for the occasion, this was followed by a reunion of former students on Sunday 1st October. The reunion saw 300 former students return to their school for a birthday tea and to hear an address given by the Headteacher, Ms Christine Kattirtzi and,Head Girl, Lily Firth. Both Ms Kattirtzi and Lily spoke about the proud history that Kendrick has and how it has enabled students/women to study and take advantage of all opportunities open to the. Speaking to students past and present, Ms Kattirtzi said, ‘there should be no barriers to what you choose to do, other than the limitations you put on yourself and how you see yourself’.
The birthday celebrations continued on Monday 9th October when a former students and international double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku, OBE, returned to Kendrick to do a Master Class and concert. This was a magical experience and Chi-chi’s story about how she took up the double bass at Kendrick as a result of a knee injury which halted a sporting career in sprinting, enthralled the audience.
Kendrick will continue to celebrate its birthday and girls’ education every year and former students and staff are welcome to join us. Next year’s celebrations will be on Sunday 30th September 2018.