Education Photography – Bromsgrove School
Bromsgrove School Commemoration Day
Last Saturday I covered the Bromsgrove School annual Commemoration Day. The school’s regular, long-time photographer had gone down with a bad back at the 11th hour and fortunately I was available to step in and cover the event at the last minute.
Commemoration Day is the senior school’s traditional end of year celebration, it is the most important day in the school year and all pupils are expected to attend. In 1693 Sir Thomas Cookes re-endowed the school and instructed that once a year a sermon should be preached to the scholars of the school in St John’s Parish Church, it is this that the school commemorates as well as celebrating the end of the academic year.
After organising and taking the more formal photographs of prizewinners, leavers, staff, speeches, ceremonies and presentations, I was free to document the rest of the day ( lunch marquees, picnics, barbecues, cricket matches, musical entertainment and drinks receptions) in a candid reportage style.
It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the champagne was flowing and everybody was relaxed and happy to be photographed.
A long and very busy day but the results were well worth the effort.