Pupils at Saint Felix School in Southwold take on coastal trek to celebrate Founder’s Day
Pupils from Saint Felix School in Southwold have embarked on a 27km stomp along the coast to celebrate more than 120 years of education at the school.
The sponsored walk, which was timed to coincide with St Felix Day on March 8, started at Aldeburgh, where the school was founded, and finished at Southwold, where the school is now based.
The Founders Walk saw more than 300 students and staff take part.
The event aimed to raise as much money as possible for The Loft Youth Centre in Southwold, which provides a safe space for local youngsters to take part in a range of fun activities.
Headteacher James Harrison said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Loft, whose purpose reflects the school’s own enduring mission of supporting children in their learning and social development.
“It provides a great resource for youngsters in and around Southwold.”
Mr Harrison set off at around 8am from Aldeburgh with a group of seven senior pupils to reflect the number of pupils Saint Felix opened with.
The school, originally for girls, was established in 1897 by Margaret Isabella Gardiner with a cohort of just seven pupils with the aim of providing ‘a school where girls are treated like sensible beings’.
Fittingly, the school was first located at the holiday home of Dr Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the elder sister of Millicent Fawcett, who was herself a leading light in the suffragist movement.
Over the course of the day, more pupils, aged four to 18, joined the walkers at various points along the scenic route which took in Thorpeness, Sizewell, Dunwich, Walberswick and Southwold.
Pupils, parents, teachers and staff enjoyed a celebratory tea party once they reached the school’s home, in Halesworth Road, just outside Southwold, at around 4pm.
As well as learning about the school’s fascinating history during the walk, they also learned the history of namesake St Felix.
The saint, who lived during the seventh century, also known as Felix of Dunwich, was the first bishop of the East Angles and known for introducing Christianity to the region.
Pupil’s and staff were sponsored to take part in the walk and Sizewell B donated £250 from its community fund.