|17 Jun 2022|
|Written by Michele Greene|
On 16th June 1922 our Chapel was opened and we celebrated 100 years later with a service followed by the cutting of a celebration cake.
Kingswood’s Chapel is a beautiful sacred space, a place of calm that can be accessed by staff or students at any point in a busy day. Whether you seek warmth and shelter on a wet and windy break time or a cool retreat on a hot summer’s day, it has been a place of solace, decision making or personal prayer. It is also where we gather the community for refl ection, worship and celebration.
It was a joy to celebrate the Chapel’s Centenary this year joined by former students, Governors, and staff, some of whom travelled a distance to be there. Many alumni responded to the invitation to write about the Chapel and, amongst the mix of funny and poignant memories, one thing that stood out was the love of music that began there. At the service we were treated to uplifting songs by KPS Singers as well as a beautiful piano duet performed by Alyssa Chu and Gordon Tse (Year 10).
When Reverend Marshall Harvey spoke at the opening service and Dedication of the Chapel on 16 June 1922, he said, “The Chapel would be the Lord’s classroom; worship was the gathering ground of grace, spirit and strength, in which their daily life should be lived.” Although students no longer go to Chapel every morning or on a Sunday,100 years later, I believe that the Chapel continues to be a gathering ground of ‘grace, spirit and strength’ that sustains the ethos of the Kingswood Community, rooting young people with a deep sense of love, kindness and service.
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