This year Harrow School celebrates its 450th anniversary and today, Saturday 30 April, thousands of residents from the local community and friends from the Hill joined a fun-filled community event to celebrate this milestone with us.
There was an amazing variety of entertainment on offer, including theatre, dance, food stalls and art exhibitions. A community production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde was performed to a packed audience with local partnership primary schools: Byron Court, Norbury, St Anselm’s and St Jerome’s and Bishopshalt School.
Other activities included a Punch and Judy show, a magician, a cricket festival, Tai Chi and a basketball competition. There were performances by musicians including Harrow Steel Band and Harrow Indie Choir as well as costume themed streets (Victorian West Street, Edwardian High Street, Elizabethan Old Schools, and St Mary’s Church) which added a unique twist to the celebrations.
Head Master Alastair Land said, “We were delighted to have been able to share our celebratory event with the local community and friends of the School. As we celebrate 450 years of Harrow School, we’re proud to be a part of the Harrow community and hope that all who came enjoyed helping us to mark this special occasion.”
The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Ghazanfar Ali said, "Congratulations to the organisers of the Community Day! There was fantastic community spirit with lots of people enjoying themselves and a great number of stalls. It was terrific to see the Harrow School buildings open and the Mayoress and I were only too pleased to pose for photos with residents when we met them on the Hill. All in all, a perfect day, topped off with perfect weather!"