Founder’s Day, 25 May 2019

Our pupils, their families and staff enjoyed a wonderful celebration of the life of Nathaniel Woodard, Founder of the College, and another successful academic year at Lancing.
The Day is not only an opportunity to applaud our pupils’ achievements, it is also a time to thank them for their hard work in the past year, and their families for their continuous support to the school.

The Service of Thanksgiving in the Chapel was followed by addresses by the Head Master, and Dr Harry Brünjes, Chairman of the Governing Body, as well as the prize-giving ceremony. 

Dr Brünjes, who steps down at the end of this academic year, reflected on his time as a Lancing College Governor, and his last 10 years as Chair.
He was joined by his wife Jacquie and their four children, all of whom are OLs.

A surprising and hilarious addition to this year's speeches came by way of ENO-stalwart opera singer and actor, Richard Suart, who celebrated Dr Brünjes' service to the College with a Brünjes-themed version of 'I've got a Little List' from The Mikado ('he really WILL be missed ...!').

The day was packed with events including exhibitions in the Art and D&T Departments, an open day at the College Farm, sport in the form of OLs vs College cricket and tennis matches, and the Junior Manor Cup fancy dress tennis. The youngest enjoyed a ride or two on the now-traditional medium-sized big wheel, dodgems and – Dr Brünjes' personal favourite – the helter skelter.


The Founder’s Day play, Into The Woods Jr (by Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine), was performed in the Open Air Theatre and had the audience in stitches.

Throughout the afternoon there were musical performance in the marquee, and a wonderful Beside the Seaside-themed tea party, with delicious cakes and treats prepared by the College’s Catering Team.

We are pleased to share the pictures of the day in this page's gallery. All prize winners and the 'year in review' can be found in the day's programme