A return to Feast Services of old

Monday 5 February saw Paulines, Old Paulines, Old Paulinas, staff and parents gather for the Annual Feast Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a convivial supper at The Mercers’ Hall.

This year’s Feast Service was a return to the Feast Services of old, after a few years of the standard Evensong service.

Rev. Matt Knox, Chaplain of SPS and SPGS, worked alongside the Cathedral team to ensure both schools featured heavily within the service and on the programme, and the feedback since the service has been excellent. The links between the schools, the Cathedral and the Mercers’ Company were highlighted and will have educated those young Fourth Form Paulines in attendance.

The organ was played before the service by Sophia Membery, an Organ student at St Paul’s Girls’ School, and the choir was a combined choir from St Paul’s, St Paul’s Juniors and St Paul’s Girls’ Schools. There were readings and prayers from OPC President Jeremy Withers Green, SPGS Chair of Governors Simon Wathen, SPS Chair of Governors Richard Cassell (1968-72), SPGS Alumnae Manager Sarah Harrison, SPS High Master Sally-Anne Huang and SPGS High Mistress Sarah Fletcher.

140 people then repaired to The Mercers’ Hall for a drinks reception and supper. Given the attendance of more SPGS Alumnae, the theme was inclusivity throughout speeches from The Master Mercer, the Old Pauline Club President and The High Master. During her speech, Sally-Anne Huang talked about closer collaboration with SPGS and also thanked The Old Pauline Club for hosting the dinner and keeping The Feast Service going as a Pauline event.

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