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90th Anniversary Marked by Pilgrimage to St Albans

Year 9 student, David Bennett, reports.

On Thursday the 28th of April a group of 50 students from years 8, 9 and 10 went on a pilgrimage from our school to the cathedral in St Albans (our school’s patron saint) to celebrate the 90th anniversary of our school.

We set off from the school at 8:30 accompanied by a group of teachers, who had willingly volunteered, and some past students from the school. The walk was 15 miles in total and had been carefully planned by Mr Nagle who is also a scout leader.

 We began by walking through Brook Farm Open Space and then through Barnet Playing Fields before we stopped for a brief water stop near Arkley. We then continued until we stopped in Shenley Park at about 12:30 for our packed lunches. This was a much deserved rest on our (understandably) sore legs and a chance to recuperate before we continued on the rest of our journey.

After about 45 minutes we continued on our walk past London Colney until we finally arrived in St Albans. The final stretch took us through the picturesque Verulamium Park until we eventually arrived outside the Cathedral.

 All in all the walk took about seven hours and when we finally arrived we all felt very proud and also relieved that we finally had somewhere comfortable to sit down!

We went into the cathedral and had a quick reflection which was led by our chaplain Ms Moggan and Father Peter, our school priest, who had both done the walk with us.

We then got the coach back to school and arrived back at about 17:00.

The following day the children were all rewarded with a well-deserved late start and a pizza lunch by the Canon Parson’s Sixth Form Centre.

The following day the children were all rewarded with a well-deserved late start and a pizza lunch by the Canon Parson’s Sixth Form Centre.

I’d like to congratulate all of the students that volunteered to complete this pilgrimage and also thank all of the members of staff that made the day run as smoothly as it did, especially, Ms Morton who provided everyone with water throughout the day, Mr Nagle who planned the route, and also to Ms Stefanicki and Ms McManamon who walked the route prior to the event to test it out.

Overall the walk was completed in great spirits and was a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.