Sculpture celebrates South Farnham’s past

Monday 4th June 2018 12:53 pm
A present South Farnham pupil recites poem ‘The School Girl’ at the statue unveiling ()

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THE past was brought vividly to life at South Farnham School to mark the unveiling of a new statue by local sculptor, Jane Jones.

Members of the Farnham Girls’ Grammar School Old Girls’ Association (FOGA) took great pride in officially presenting and unveiling the sculpture of a 1940s era schoolgirl, which is now on permanent display in the school courtyard.

Cast in bronze, the statue was commissioned by the FOGA to commemorate their school days and long association with South Farnham School.

Thomas Venables’ poem, ‘The School Girl,’ was recited, reflecting the concept of youthful mystery and friendship invoked by the sculpture.

Around 40 members of the association, who all attended the grammar school between 1930 and 1970, shared memories of former friends and teachers while enjoying tea and cake in the sun.

Pupils served refreshments to the visitors and enjoyed listening to the memories of schooldays-past whilst sharing snapshots of their own school life.

Many of the Old Girls’ Association enjoyed a tour of the school to see the facilities enjoyed by the children today.

Susan Shoveller, deputy CEO of South Farnham Educational Trust, said: “We are delighted with the sculpture that embodies the strong link that the Old Girls’ Association has had with South Farnham School through the years and it will stand as a reminder of the importance of being part of a school community that honours the past while embracing the future for all its pupils.”

Farnham Girls’ Grammar School was founded in 1901 and its building in Menin Way opened by the Duchess of Gloucester in 1939.

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