Mount St Mary's College celebrates in style

Rhetoric goes to the ball
Rhetoric goes to the ball

Some 600 people travelled from across the UK and from all corners of the globe to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Mount St Mary’s College.

Mount St Mary’s College in the quiet village of Spinkhill opened its doors to pupils 175 years ago in September. A year of celebration was launched this week to mark this significant chapter in the school’s proud history.

A formal black-tie ball for 600 guests took place on Saturday 27 May and attracted alumni, affectionately known as Old Mountaineers, back to their school from countries including Hong Kong, USA, Malaysia, and Argentina.

They joined past and present parents, staff and friends of the College from Chesterfield, Worksop, Sheffield and other villages and towns in and around north Derbyshire and south Yorkshire. The class of 2017 –  Rhetoric, the Year 13 leavers, were guests of honour.

Mount St Mary’s was opened on 17th September 1842 by Father Randal Lythgoe SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain at the time.

Thousands of children have since been educated since that time in Spinkhill and neighbouring Barlborough, where the College’s nursery and preparatory school, Barlborough Hall, is located.

The 175 Grand Academy Ball took place in a marquee on the Jesuit Lawn decorated with hundreds of hanging lanterns in the blue, yellow and white, a nod to the school’s colours, and huge illuminated letters spelling out Mount 175 were a focal point.

The evening began with a drinks reception on the lawn followed by a five course dinner and an auction including signed boxing gloves from world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua MBE.

Headmaster Dr Nicholas Cuddihy thanked guests, for the huge efforts many had gone to in order to be at the special occasion and praising the “Mount spirit” that spans the generations.

Dr Cuddihy said: “This is a very special place, a very special occasion and a very special school. It is so good to see so many of the Mount family have taken time to come together from all over the world to start the celebrations.”

Sports DayThe week of celebrations included  wide range of other events.

High Fashion & High was a lovely afternoon in the marquee with a fashion show, music and afternoon tea.

Over 400 primary children joined Mount St Mary's from ten local schools for music and drama workshops, followed by a production of the Hobbit during the afternoon.

​There as a Sports Award’s Evening celebrating the year’s sporting achievements, and the musical highlight of the year - an Academy Concert featuring solo performances by accomplished 6th form students. 

Alumni from around the world were guest speakers at this year's Prize Giving.