The Clifton High School community came together this weekend for our annual Rose Day celebrations. Dignitaries, governors, alumni and friends joined staff, pupils and parents for our Service of Thanksgiving, Commemoration and Prize-giving. Following this, in the evening, Sixth Form students, parents and staff gathered at school for the annual Rose Day Ball.
The service at Bristol Cathedral was superb. We were fortunate to hear Mr Roy Leighton, our guest speaker, deliver an insightful and inspiring address, and former pupil and award-winning jewellery designer, Diana Porter, presented the prizes. Dr Neill shared with the congregation her reflections on the past year and her optimism for the future - for the first time in ten years there will be a three form entry into Year 7 and after six years on its journey towards being fully co-educational, the school is now almost 50:50 boys and girls.
Overall, it was the children and young people of Clifton High who deserve the highest of accolades – they were exceptional. Choral directors, Mr Andrew Cleaver and Mrs Donia Pieters enabled the pupils’ brilliance to shine through. Polished soloists, choirs and, a first, orchestra and choir together, performed a variety of styles from baroque to popular.
Pupils from across the school were also chosen to deliver readings and special mention should be given to our youngest reader from Year 3 who read her poem with such confidence and clarity in front of such a large congregation.
We have received so much positive feedback on Rose Day and wanted to share some of it with you:
“The children and pupils were fabulous. The performances at the end were awe-inspiring – such talent!” Friends of Clifton High
“Saturday was yet another display of CHS excellence” Parent
“Congratulations on a wonderful Rose Day, it was beautiful and so inspiring to see how much talent you have at Clifton High along with hearing about the well-deserved success you are achieving. As a mum of a Sixth Form leaver I also wanted to stay thank you to you and your team for the support you have given my daughter through her time at you school, she has matured into a confident young adult ready to embrace the next chapter of her life thanks to all of the nurturing and guidance the school has provided” Parent
“Superb, moving, memorable – such talent. Best ever!” Former pupil
“We so enjoyed the Rose Day Celebrations at the Cathedral. You must be very pleased and proud – congratulations to all concerned” Former school governor
After the Rose Day Service, as tradition dictates, Clifton High holds the annual Rose Day Ball for Sixth Form students, parents and staff. This year’s event, 'A Night at the Oscars', was a sellout. Thanks to our parent ball committee as well as staff, students and volunteers, the school was transformed into a venue fit for the most glamorous of film stars. Kate’s Kitchen provided the food, Doctor Chocolate the music – it was a truly memorable evening.