THE Towers Convent School in Upper Beeding has celebrated 300 years of The Sisters of The Blessed Sacrament.
Headmistress Clare Trelfa said the excitement was palpable and growing as the big day arrived.
“It was Corpus Christi, The Sisters of The Blessed Sacrament were celebrating their tercentenary and the sun was shining,” she explained. “Sister Breda, whose sister and niece had travelled from Ireland, was also celebrating her golden jubilee.”
Nearly 100 guests, from near and far, were invited for lunch and 11 clergy officiated at the Mass.
The Sisters and staff had spent days decorating the hall at the Henfield Road school, where the Mass was to be held, and planning the food and festivities.
Mrs Trelfa added: “Hundreds of carefully iced cupcakes were waiting for pupils and an ice cream van was booked for the afternoon.”
After Mass, a delicious lunch was enjoyed – roast lamb followed by tempting puddings for the adults, while the pupils tucked into burgers and chips.
Later in the day, the pupils took part in inter-house activities.
Junior pupils made a fabric collage, which has been put on display in the main school, to celebrate The Sisters’ 300th anniversary and the seniors competed at zone ball or swimming.
The guest of honour and main celebrant was Bishop Richard Moth, who was installed as the new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton only the previous week.
Mrs Telfa said: “His visit to The Towers Convent school was Bishop Richard’s first official school visit – the first of many to the school we hope!”
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