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St. Francis' College in the 2000s
There have been many changes to St. Francis’ College over the last two decades however it is still too early to assess which of these changes will be viewed as historically important. At the start of the new millennium the College was in a very strong position. Demand for places at the school was high and in 2002 and 2003 record numbers applied to join the senior and prep school. By 2004 pupil numbers had passed 500. This allowed an extensive programme of refurbishment to take place.

Work began in 2000 with new biology labs and was then followed by the redecoration of the dining room and at long last by the completion of phase one of the theatre refurbishment. New carpets, curtains, a refurbished stage and modern lighting and heating were added to the theatre. Further money was given by the Heritage Foundation to refurbish the theatre foyer. The official opening of the theatre was undertaken by Jenny Bond in November 2002 when the school performed a memorable The King and I. In 2003 a new sixth form centre was created, a new ICT suite and new maths rooms. The dining room annexe was added and the music practice rooms refurbished. New physics and chemistry labs were undertaken in 2004 and the language suite developed in 2005. 2007 saw the redecoration of the chapel take place. Finally, in 2009 the school library was refurbished. The decade also saw a huge development in ICT, three modern ICT suites were created as well as the computers in the library and individual teaching rooms.

In 2005 a decision was made to change the number of houses within the College from three to four to take into account the increase in pupil numbers. The sixth form girls were given the task of consulting with students, and it was finally decided that these new houses would be named after Greek Goddesses. Artemis, Athene, Hera and Selene were selected as names of these new houses.

2008 saw the 75th anniversary of the college. A wide range of events were organised to mark this important event. September 22nd saw a 1930s day when pupils dresses up in clothes from the last 8 decades, had lessons in the style of the 1930s and then watched the 1933 version of King Kong. Performances of The Boyfriend and Trojan Women took place later in the year, and SFOGA held a well-attended re-union for former pupils. All pupils and staff were given a commemorative mug and went on a range of outings. The kitchen garden was also refurbished with money from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

One of the strengths of St. Francis’ College is the wide range of extra curricular opportunities that are provided by a very dedicated team of staff. Theatre trips, travel abroad to Prague, Barcelona, Cologne, Pompeii, Le Touquet, Normandy, Iceland and USA for skiing were regular features of the school year. Many students will remember history trips with Mr Hetherington or standing on the wind beaten shores of the East Coast on Geography trips with Mrs Gillan. STEM opportunities were regularly provided by the Science Department. High quality drama was performed in the theatre, sporting success was commonplace and stunning music performed by girls under the inspirational guidance of Miss McClymont. Miss Roberts continued to run the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and 18 gold awards were made during this decade.

In 2009 Miss Hegarty retired after 21 years at St. Francis’ College. She was replaced as Headmistress by Mrs Dorothy MacGinty. Many other long serving members of staff also retired in this decade. Names such as Claire Whitty, Hazel Linacre, Mary Campbell, Sheila Edgar, Carol Turner, Maria Valsecchi, Susan Bromelow, Claire Clothier, Adrian Mallett, Marian O’ Leary, Angela Glew and Dr Gough are all staff who have made huge contributions to St Francis’ College.
Gallery Photos
Speech Day 2000 - Fiona McClymont with Tomomi
Speech Day 2000 - Fiona McClymont with Tomomi
Leavers 2001
Leavers 2001
Recycled Fashion Show
Recycled Fashion Show
Leavers 2005
Leavers 2005
Ruby - recyled fashion show costume
Ruby - recyled fashion show costume
Leavers 2007
Leavers 2007
Upper Sixth English Group 2006
Upper Sixth English Group 2006
Oliver 2006
Oliver 2006
Le Touquet
Le Touquet
Sports Day 2008
Sports Day 2008
2008 - 75th Anniversary whole school assembly
2008 - 75th Anniversary whole school assembly
1930s Day
1930s Day
Miss Hegarty's Leaving Assembly 2009
Miss Hegarty's Leaving Assembly 2009
Mrs Cain with Mrs Frith and Mrs Whitty 2009
Mrs Cain with Mrs Frith and Mrs Whitty 2009
Mrs MacGinty at Sports Day 2009
Mrs MacGinty at Sports Day 2009
Farewell to Bernards, Benedicts and Vincents December 2004
Farewell to Bernards, Benedicts and Vincents December 2004
Prep Swim Squad 2006
Prep Swim Squad 2006
Biology Lab after reurbishment in 2000
Biology Lab after reurbishment in 2000
Millenium Display 2000
Millenium Display 2000
Badgers and Cadets 2002
Badgers and Cadets 2002
King and I 2002 - official opening of theatre after refurbishment
King and I 2002 - official opening of theatre after refurbishment
Prep Mission Day 2004
Prep Mission Day 2004
Prep Wind in the Willows 2004
Prep Wind in the Willows 2004
Lower Sixth July 2005
Lower Sixth July 2005
Chapel 2006
Chapel 2006
Prep Wizard of Oz 2006
Prep Wizard of Oz 2006
Retirement of Adrian Mallett 2007
Retirement of Adrian Mallett 2007
Retirement of Mrs Bromelow 2007
Retirement of Mrs Bromelow 2007
Retirement of Dr Gough 2007
Retirement of Dr Gough 2007
Year 7 2008
Year 7 2008
Mrs MacGinty begins as Headmistress April 2009
Mrs MacGinty begins as Headmistress April 2009
Retirement of Miss Hegarty 2009
Retirement of Miss Hegarty 2009
Prep Nativity 2009
Prep Nativity 2009
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