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Northwood Prep School in Moor Park celebrates 100th birthday
A SCHOOL in Moor Park with historical links to the Tudor dynasty celebrated its centenary on Wednesday (29).
Northwood Prep School, in Sandy Lodge Road, marked its 100th birthday by opening a new Centenary building, planting an oak tree and burying a time capsule.
More than 300 boys at the school - an English Heritage monument which was once the home of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, in 1531, and Cardinal Wolsey's principle palace - attended the event, joined by parents and past and present staff.
The celebrations began at Holy Trinity Church in Northwood, with head boy, Shamil Shah, laying a wreath at the graveside of Francis Terry, who founded the school in 1910.
The Centenary building, to be used for maths, English and French lessons, was officially opened by John Rimer, a former pupil between 1946 and 1955, and a school governor.
A portrait of the school by leading artist, Ivel Muller, was unveiled before a town crier led guests down to the school gardens, where an oak tree was planted by the youngest pupil, three-year-old Ben Wilkinson - whose father is currently fighting in Afghanistan - and the oldest, Rafi Kelion, 13.
Finally, a time capsule containing about 30 items, including photos of the school's winning cricket matches, a set of coins and memorabilia from this year's World Cup, was buried by the newest and longest-serving members of staff.
Headmaster at Northwood Prep, Dr Trevor Lee, said: "This day is part of a series of celebrations running throughout the year, to mark both the long history and future of the school.
"It will interesting to see whether the people that dig up the capsule have got the technology to read some of the things we put in there, as they are on CD and DVD.
"The Victorians had their magic lantern projectors and I expect in 100 years time the technology will be beyond our imaginations - they will probably have to go to a museum to find anything from this era.
"This is a significant moment in the school's history and something that everyone can appreciate, whether they are a current student or, like Mr Rimer, left almost 50 years ago."
For more information about the school's programme of events to mark its centenary - including a special talk about the ancient Manor of the More, built on the school grounds, on Monday, October 11 - visit www.northwoodprep.co.uk
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