Saturday, 5th December was a very blustery winter’s day but that did not detract from the wonderful Confirmation Service that was held that morning. For the 27 confirmation candidates the day began with a special breakfast with the Bishop of Ramsbury, The Right Reverend Edward Condry. It was good for the Bishop to have a chance to talk with the girls informally before the service itself.
The service was held in the Parish church of St Mary the Virgin. The Chamber Choir supported the worship with some beautiful pieces from Vivaldi’s Gloria and helped to create a very special atmosphere. It was a service that was rich in liturgy and music and yet had a real warmth and informality about it. Bishop Edward set the tone with his simple and encouraging homily.
For the girls, it marked the culmination of a term of preparation and a significant milestone on their journey of faith. After the service, everyone returned to school for the Confirmation Reception and to collect the individual cakes that had been so skilfully created by the school Catering Team. One parent commented afterwards ‘I thought it was beautifully organised and St Mary's made the day such a special occasion.’