St Bede's, Redhill celebrates its 40th birthday
At special services on the last Monday of the summer (2016) term, four decades of St Bede's School were celebrated.
Guests included Bishop Richard from the R.C. Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, Bishop Jonathan from the Anglican Diocese of Croydon and Rev George from the Free Church Association of St Bede's. The services took the theme of 'running the race' based on Hebrews 12 verses 1 to 3 and included readings, prayers, drama and singing.
A special cross was also commissioned which now hangs in the main hall as a permanent reminder of St Bede's foundation as a united Christian school. The cross was designed to link the past and future, in the Celtic tradition, but in a more modern finish of beaten mild steel and brass. The artist was Tim Clements, a tutor in metal works at the Camelia Botnar Foundation, Cowfold, which offers life changing opportunities to young people who have found themselves in problematic situations out of their own control. Tim collaborated with the school on the design with a stunning result. He would be interested in taking on other commissioned work for schools and churches.
As part of the week of celebrations, ex-pupils and former staff were invited back to school for an informal evening of reminiscence and fun. The school's jazz group 'Slide' performed as more than 250 guests mingled, swapped stories, enjoyed a collection of old photos and devoured refreshments provided by the Friends of St Bede's. A booklet was also produced to celebrate the anniversary. It gives a flavour of the history of the school and includes some old photos - the visits of the then Archbishop of Canterbury and Westminster plus the Princess royal are featured inside. Please click here to access the booklet.