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Posted on: July 1st 2017

Founder's Day 2017

On Saturday 1st July, The Math School held our annual Founder's Day Celebrations. 

We celebrate this day because in 1701 the Math School was founded in accordance with the last will and testament of Sir Joseph Williamson.  He bequeathed five thousand pounds “towards the building and carrying on and perpetual maintaining of a free school at Rochester for the instructing and educating of such youth there who were or should be the sons of freemen these towards the Mathematics and all other things which fit and encourage them for the sea service and arts and callings leading and relating thereto”.

This year's service of commemoration was conducted by Canon Rachel Phillips and The Reverend Nathan Ward.  Reverend Ward is a former Math School student himself and reminisced about his time at the school throughout his address.  He was even brave enough to declare that he hated French with Mr Chandler sitting among the congregation!

Founder's Day is not only our opportunity to celebrate, but it is our school sports day too and Gordon House were the overall winners of the day!

Math school process

Below:  A photograph a guests brought along of the Founder's Day Procession years ago, compared to one taken on Saturday.

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