Close to midsummer's day when Bristol is at its finest, Clifton High School holds its annual Rose Day. Celebrating our achievements, inspiring our young people and welcoming both new friends and old; we say farewell to our Sixth Form students, raise a glass to their future and celebrate the successes of the School at the end of a busy year.
Rose Day is one of the oldest traditions of Clifton High School. It was established by its first head Miss Woods in the 1880s and during the First World War it was decided to hold a Service of commemoration on this day. The third head of Clifton High School, Eleanor Addison Phillips, is quoted as saying:
The Rose Day service is the most precious moment of our school life. It is a yearly renewing of our covenant, a yearly re-assurance of the values and spirit of Clifton High School
Today we carry on the annual tradition with a service of Thanksgiving, Commemoration and Prizegiving at Bristol Cathedral. Our formal service takes place in the morning during which we present our school awards and prizes and welcome guest speakers, VIPs and dignitaries. Our pupils take part in the ceremony be it reading, performing in a choir or orchestra or as soloists. Following an enthusiastic rendition of our school hymn, Majesty, guests retire to College Green for a drinks reception before many move off for a lunch with friends and family.