Saint Felix School celebrates landmark anniversary

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Da

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Day assembly. Photo: Lesley Roberts - Credit: Lesley Roberts

A landmark anniversary has been marked by teachers and pupils at a Southwold school.

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Da

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Day assembly. Photo: Lesley Roberts - Credit: Lesley Roberts

This year marks the 120th anniversary since the founding of Saint Felix School by Margaret Isabella Gardiner in 1897.

To commemorate this milestone a special school assembly was held highlighting the school's traditions over the years as well as a formal dinner for the Sixth Form in the evening.

The assembly was held on March 8, coinciding with the annual Saint Felix Day celebrations which are held to mark the death of Saint Felix in 648, who was the first Bishop of East Anglia and is widely credited for introducing Christianity to East Anglia.

During the assembly, led by headmaster James Harrison, Margaret Isabella Gardiner was honoured with a reading of an extract from her 1944 Times obituary, which referred to her childhood dream of 'founding a school where girls are treated as sensible beings'.

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Da

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Day assembly. Photo: Lesley Roberts - Credit: Lesley Roberts

This was particularly poignant, as this is a legacy which remains to this day.

As Saint Felix pupils - now both boys as well as girls – are taught to live and work by the ethos that Ms Gardiner founded the school upon: Felix Quia Fortis, meaning - happiness through strength.

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The assembly also reflected on the school's history, brought to life through the changes in school uniform over the years, modelled by some of the current pupils.

The items, taken from the school archives, ranged from original winter hats from the 1920s to 1960s capes.

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Da

Saint Felix School's 120th anniversary celebrations - The whole school present at the Saint Felix Day assembly. Photo: Lesley Roberts - Credit: Lesley Roberts

As Mr Harrison pointed out, it is not just the fashions that have changed, but also where uniform is available from.

During the school's earlier years, it was only possible to purchase certain items from Harrods in London.

The festivities continued with a treasure hunt around the school for the Pre-Prep, celebratory cake at lunchtime and chapel services for both Prep and Senior Departments.

Rounding off the celebrations was a formal dinner for the Sixth Form, at which Margaret Angus – headteacher at the school from 1987 to 1991 - gave a speech about the importance of the students making the most of the opportunities presented to them.

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