Grand Academy Celebration Week
What a year it has been at Mount St Mary’s College.
The past year has seen generations of Old Mountaineers, current families, staff past and present and the surrounding community join together for a wonderful year of anniversary celebrations, marking 175 years since the College first opened its doors. A Grand Celebration Week began the celebrations in May 2017 with a number of events including Sports Awards, an Academy Concert, Fashion Show & Afternoon Tea, Children’s Theatre event and a Grand Academy Ball for over 500 guests.
Throughout the year there have been further special events taking place such as the 175 celebratory mass at Farm Street in Mayfair, London followed by a dinner at the Lansdowne Club for Old Mountaineers and friends of the Mount. The Mount choir enjoyed a spectacular tour to Malta singing a special mass in the Mdina Cathedral and featuring on Maltese television. The College hosted a Global Schools’ Conference for Young Leaders with visitors from across Europe, South America and the USA. Visitors from closer to home included BBC Look North along with their iconic Red Sofa with a live TV broadcast from the Mount just one of the highlights.
A very sunny week at the end of May 2018 saw the 175th anniversary year draw to a close with an even more ambitious week of celebrations – no less than 10 events in 8 action packed days. The Mount Golf Classic debuted at the prestigious Lindrick Golf Club and a new event ‘Strictly 175’ saw a group of brave students and teachers take to the dancefloor, each vying to win the Mount Glitterball trophy. Many of the events launched in May 2017 were back by popular demand with even higher audiences than last year.
This milestone year culminated with the Grand Academy Ball on Saturday 26th May. As the photographs from the talented Mark Hallam demonstrate, a superb evening of food, entertainment and fun was enjoyed in and around the stunning Mount Marque.