Special service to mark Worthing school’s 200th anniversary

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A SPECIAL service of thanksgiving and celebration was held to mark Davison High School’s bicentenary.

Staff, parents, governors and Davison girls past and present were joined by Worthing mayor Ann Barlow and former head teacher Dame Sheila Wallis, at St George’s Church, in St George’s Road.

The service was led by the Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev. Dr John Hind, and the Rev. Brian Penfold.

The Bishop gave a talk which focused on St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

Della West, head teacher of the Selbourne Road school, said: “The service has been the most wonderful beginning to what will certainly be an eventful year. I am honoured and humbled to be the leader of such a wonderful team of staff, students, governors and parents who work so hard together to make this a school to be proud of.

“The service was very moving and I hope an inspiration to all who attended – I have been overwhelmed with compliments and congratulations.”

The service included musical items by an instrumental ensemble and the school chamber choir, who performed a version of How Can I Keep from Singing, and by organist John Collins, who performed Voluntary by William Russell. A drama group performed an improvisation using the headmistresses’ diaries from 1854 to 1900.

A collection was taken during the celebration, raising £293 to support Chestnut Tree House Children’s hospice, the school’s chosen charity for the bicentenary events.

A decorative quilt produced to mark the bicentenary was also on display in the church for the first time.