AT KEW COLLEGE WE LIKE TO CELEBRATE THE SCHOOL’S BIRTHDAY IN STYLE!
This year it is 90 years since the school was first set up by Mrs Ellen Upton and 64 years since it was purchased by Mrs Hamilton-Spry
Every year, Kew College celebrates its Founder's Day in March to commemorate the generosity of Mrs Hamilton-Spry who gifted the school and its buildings to the charitable trust 'Kew College' in 1985. The school was originally founded in 1927 by Mrs Ellen Upton, in rooms over a shop in Kew Village. It later moved to 26 Cumberland Road and expanded into 24 Cumberland Road. Mrs Upton retired in 1953 and sold the school to Mrs Hamilton-Spry who is still remembered with affection. Founder's Day is celebrated in school when the children are given the opportunity to enjoy new experiences and activities that extend and challenge them and encourage both independent and cooperative skills.
What a sensational day our children have had! This year, the day began with an exquisite rendition of 'Spring' by Vivaldi and 'In the Mood,' by Glen Miller, performed with great aplomb by our fabulous Wind band. The Juniors scaled the treacherous heights of the climbing wall, some overcoming their fears; each and every one rising to the challenge. Children flexed their muscles and honed their shooting skills in archery, saw and held wondrous minibeasts and other animals, including boa constrictors, pythons, tarantulas, giant African snails and African Bull frogs, to name but a few. Playing the spoons was another hot favourite of the day together, tapping and clacking to the rhythm of the fiddle; enormously enjoyable and most impressive. In addition, the Infants enjoyed circus skills: juggling with finesse, dressing up as true circus performers and wobbling around on miniature circus bikes and scooters: a true sight to behold. For all, there were also many off-curriculum classroom activities to enjoy.
Our parents made yet more wonderful cakes, proudly dressed in the school colours; the culinary talent in our playground is spectacular. Centre stage this year was the astounding "circus cake" which greeted the awe-struck children as they arrived at school. Mrs Morey's exquisite cakes are a sight to behold and have become legend in the school, decorated in the theme of the day!
Another highlight of the day was The Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH) Junior Chamber Choir and "Pentatonics", the wonderful a Capella group; our pupils were totally enraptured. The music was simply fabulous and a real inspiration for our children.
As always, the children of Kew College threw themselves into all these events with enthusiasm and energy and had a spectacular day. "Founder's Day is the best day ever!" exclaimed a Year 5 child. This wonderful comment sums up the whole atmosphere and 'WOW' factor of the day. What a lovely way to celebrate Founder's Day.