MIDHURST Rother College kept faith with its roots when it continued to honour the memory of Gilbert Hannam, founder of its predecessor Midhurst Grammar School, with a traditional church service before the annual prizegiving.
Recent demolition of the River Site Hall, making way for the new academy building, did bring something different to the day.
However, with the evening prizegiving ceremony moving to the school’s sports hall.
The morning service was held at Midhurst parish church, conducted by the vicar the Rev Marcus Ronchetti. Guest speaker was the Rev Stephen Gray, from St Giles Church, Graffham.
Head girl Sophie Lane and head boy Charlie Chatwood gave the readings and the college orchestra played the music.
Year 11 student Harry Carter also had a role to play – in the belltower. He began bellringing for his Duke of Edinburgh Award and now rings at Midhurst and Easebourne churches.