Hymers College was established in October 1893 as a result of the legacy of John Hymers "for the training and intelligence in whatever social rank of life it may be found" Founder's Day is an opportunity to give thanks for the foundation of the School and to commemorate all those who have subsequently contributed, in their various ways, to its development, and to its success. It is a day when we remember the school's founder and value his legacy.
We are thankful to John Hymers who had the vision that led to the creation of the school back in 1893. None of the education for which the school has become known would have happened without the foresight of our founder, John Hymers, and the original Governors of the school, who set out with the express intention of developing a school that provided an excellent education for boys. We owe them a debt of gratitude – without them, Hymers would not be here today– and this is why we wish to honor them on Founder's Day each year. Founder's Day was celebrated by the whole school community in the early 1900s with a full thanksgiving service for students and teachers and as a Development Office, this is an annual event we would now like to bring back.
In October 2022, 129 years after our gates were opened, we reinstated some of our traditions within the school community. We invited the Reverend Ian Walker, who resides at Brandseburton Rectory to address the full school in a service held in the morning. Hymer's cake was served in the house colours for all staff and students during the morning break. This was followed by lunch for former staff, alumni, parents, and current parents. Our youngest guests were our senior prefects who had read at the service in the morning, they then enjoyed listening to Hymers' experiences from our alumni in the room. Richard Barton OH 1936-1942 enjoyed sharing his memories as a student at Hymers in the war.
Mr Stanley spoke to our guests about the importance of our Founder's John and Robert Hymers - should it, therefore, be Founders' Day which was a question for the room. Our Year 10 Time Capsule History group shared their experiences of life at Hymers during Covid and lockdown, they have documented their findings and these will be presented to the Hymers archive for our next generation of historians. Our school choir led by Director of Music, Charlotte Fong sang to approximately 50 guests. They were not to be outshone by the guests in the room who sang along to 'The School Song' with Lester Bartlett on the piano, which brought an enjoyable afternoon to an end.
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