Mar 24 2011 By Siba Matti
PENNY farthing bicycles, top hats, quill pens and parchment were the order of the day as a Moor Park school marked its 100th birthday
PENNY farthing bicycles, top hats, quill pens and parchment were the order of the day as a Moor Park school marked its 100th birthday.
Students at Northwood Prep School, in Sandy Lodge Lane, spent the day as Edwardians as part of a year-long celebration to mark the school's centenary.
About 300 boys dressed in period costume and enjoyed Edwardian lessons including Latin, Greek and trigonometry, using traditional quills, ink and parchment, for the special anniversary day on March 19. They also rode genuine Penny Farthings and other bicycles from the era.
Teachers and support staff were also suitably dressed for the occasion, including cricket and other sporting outfits. Those with adventurous appetites also had the chance to sample a typical Edwardian lunch menu, served alongside its modern-day equivalent in the school's dining room.
The day ended with an inspirational lecture and performance by world-renowned counter-tenor, James Bowman, accompanied by lute player, Dorothy Linnell.
Headmaster, Dr Trevor Lee, said: "This was a perfect way to bring our history to life - its often difficult to explain how people lived 100 years ago to today's children. By recreating the conditions, wearing period clothes, riding Penny Farthings and playing with period toys, our current boys got a unique and very personal insight into the life of their predecessors. Apart from being a valuable history lesson, the day was also hugely enjoyable.
"While many changes have taken place in the past 100 years, Im sure the schools original boys had just as much fun riding bicycles as the boys enjoyed today."