Clifton College Commemoration Day 2018

Clifton College Commemoration Day 2018

This May the entirety of Clifton College’s staff, students and guests gathered in a rather large, rather white and rather grand marquee on the 'Close' to celebrate our annual Commemoration.

Festivities kicked off the night before with our annual House Dance Competition so spirits were high as all pupils started this special day off by attending a Commem. service which filled the Chapel with music from our talented Chamber Choir, and featured soloist Molly Woolfson (Hallwards House).  

It was a joy to welcome parents who came from all over the world to be part of a tradition that embodies what the College represents: community, togetherness, and of course, cricket! The highly anticipated match between the Old Cliftonians (a fierce team made up of old boys) and our 1st XI takes place every year with a large audience comprised of Clifton students and their parents who all enjoy this infamous game - as well as the served buffet of smoked salmon, goats cheese tarts and chocolate mousse.

After the Commem. speeches concluded and guests had enjoyed delicious lunches and spent time browsing the various displays which were on show, the Upper Sixth Form students rushed home in excitement to prepare themselves for the Clifton College Ball. The marquee was transformed into the perfect venue - adorned with details and decorations to match the 'Masquerade' theme.

The Ball went on until midnight and it was the perfect event to celebrate the end of the Upper Sixth’s five academic years spent in the Upper School. Parents and guests were invited too, bringing together families and friends - creating a literal representation of the Clifton College community. The Ball truly was a night to remember: a final night for the Year 13 leavers to dance, eat and celebrate themselves and each other whilst looking back on the best five years of their lives so far.

Written by Ella Kipling, Upper Sixth Form Student.