As we are now a third of the way into 2017, our 400th Anniversary celebrations are well under way.
Our inaugural event was held on the 26th January at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Service of Thanksgiving was led by the Rt Rev'd and Rt. Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, who himself is a former pupil.
The Cathedral was packed to it's 2230 capacity with all 1200 pupils in attendance, along with staff, parents, governors and friends of the school including descendents of Richard Hale himself.
We were delighted that the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Mayor of Hertford and the Bishop of Hertford could also join in the celebrations.
The celebrations continued after the service with a fundraising lunch for 300 guests at the Merchant Taylors' Hall in Threadneedle Street. Here, alumni, parents and members of the Richard Hale Association enjoyed banqueting in the Great Hall and welcomed the opportunity to reunite with old school friends, some of whom had not met for over 20 years.
400 - Tales of Hale, our school production, followed closely with a cast of over 180 pupils performing at Hertford Theatre over four performances with a sell-out Saturday evening performance.
The production was a selection of previous productions, interspersed with readings by former pupils including ex Headmaster, Mike James, Head Boy, Adam Rhodes and Former President of the Richard Hale Association, Eric Riddle.
The production received fabulous feedback. We now look forward to further performances both by the Drama and Music departments at the Performing Arts Festival in mid July.
Our fundraising continues in our quest to raise money for the equipping of the new sports hall.
We are actively looking for sponsors who can partner with us and who will benefit from the exposure that the School now receives via it's social media marketing. Please click on the icon to the left to view the Sponsorship Prospectus.
Donations and contributions to our "buy a brick" campaign would be most appreciated. We have currently had 60 bricks sponsored. To book your place in the school's history and to leave a lasting legacy - click on the icon to the left to find out more.
On the 24th March, the Richard Hale Association held their annual dinner at Ware Priory with 140 "old boys and girls" in attendance. Guest Speaker, ex Headmaster Mike James and Lord Michael Dobbs, Hon President of the RHA, entertained the audience wonderfully with their amusing anecdotes. It was a very successful and enjoyable evening with around £5,000 raised towards the sports hall via the auction and prize draw.
With sporting events and family days coming up in June and July and an 80's disco and Gala Dinner in the Autumn, this really is a year of celebration.
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We look forward to celebrating with you!