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Foundation Welcome Back Weekend

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 September 2021

Our Foundation Welcome Back Weekend was a wonderful occasion, bringing together the communities of Warwick School, King’s High, Warwick Junior School and Warwick Prep after many challenging months. 

The weekend began with a Foundation Commemoration Service at St Mary’s Church for all our schools. Links with the wider community and town of Warwick were celebrated and we were delighted to welcome to the service the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Warwickshire and civic dignitaries from Warwick and Leamington Spa.

Further collaborative activities continued on the Friday. Combined afternoon student activities included members of the CCF teaching our Year 2 Prep School pupils to march! An Encounters lecture, Year 9 poster event and an open rehearsal by the Foundation Symphony Orchestra in Warwick Hall were equally enjoyed. The day concluded with an exciting ‘Friday Night Lights’ Warwick School rugby match under the floodlights of our 3G pitch.  

On Saturday, school families, alumni and friends came together for a series of events: our Foundation Aquathon, an Ex Cathedra Singing workshop, the CBSO’s wonderful Stringcredibles (who brought superhero string joy to us all!), a workshop with amazing percussionist, Simone Rebello, drama taster sessions with the Bridge House Theatre Young Company and a fun campus treasure trail. 

OWs and alumnae of King’s High enjoyed coffee mornings and self-guided tours. Warwick School Archivist Gervald Frykman gave a fascinating talk on Warwick School in the 19th century and the authors of ‘Of Mulberries, Ilex and Acorns', Polly Beidas and Jennifer Edwards, gave an informative insight into the book and history of King’s High and Warwick Prep.

A splendid BBQ was served by our catering teams in the late-summer sunshine under The Limes. 

Sunday saw the official opening of King’s High and Warwick Prep’s new Music School. Members of the sports and holiday activities clubs led an afternoon activity taster session for children from local primary schools. 

The weekend concluded with a collaboration between Warwick Independent Schools Foundation and Warwick – A Singing Town; a ‘Come and Sing’ event, culminating in a  performance of Messiah with singers from the Foundation and local community.

Huge thanks to everyone who made the weekend a success.