Party time for school as it marks its birthday

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STUDENTS and staff have been celebrating their school’s 133rd birthday.

Portsmouth High celebrated with a service at Portsmouth Cathedral attended by the whole school, staff, parents, governors, alumnae and local dignitaries.

In a speech, headteacher Jane Prescott said: ‘We set the bar high.

‘We ask our girls to not just gauge their actions, decisions and behaviour by their own standards but that of their peers and society as a whole.

‘The moral framework the girls develop in school along with the influence of home and wider society will shape them for the rest of their lives.’

Portsmouth High School, part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, opened in February 1882 in Marlborough House, Osborne Road, Southsea.

In 1939 the school was evacuated to Hinton Ampner near Alresford, Hampshire, and became the war time home for the girls.

Today the school is spread across two sites in Kent Road and it has sporting facilities at Langstone in partnership with the University of Portsmouth.

The service was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, councillor David Horne, the mayor of Havant, councillor Marjorie Smallcorn and her guest Annie Roberts, herself an alumna of the school.

The mayor and mayoress of Gosport and the mayor and mayoress of Fareham were also present.

The service was conducted by Canon Peter Leonard who, in his address, celebrated the school’s birthday with a cake and a rendition of Happy Birthday Portsmouth High School, sung by the whole congregation.