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Singing for the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop blesses the Hilden Oaks Centenary Plaque

All the children in Forms 3 - 6  had the very great honour of being asked to sing for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt Revd Justin Welby on Tuesday 30th October, during his visit to Tonbridge.  They  sang "Siyahamba" an African Christian hymn, accompanied by a small band of musicians playing djembes (drums) and tuned percussion.  Following a prayer of blessing, the Archbishop presented the head boy and head girl with an oak plaque to commemorate the start of the Hilden Oaks centenary celebrations.   Headmistress Mrs Katy Joiner said " This was a really special occasion and one that will stay with me for years to come." 

The Archbishop was accompanied during his visit by the Bishop of Rochester; The Rt Revd James Langstaff,  the Bishop of Tonbridge; The Rt Revd Simon Burton-Jones and The Rev Canon Mark Brown vicar of Tonbridge Parish Church.

Hilden Oaks centenary celebrations will be continuing throughout this academic year. Past pupils and staff who would like to receive an invitation to the alumni event in May 2019 are asked leave contact details here:  Alternatively please contact Mrs Sarah Earl via email:, write to Hilden Oaks Preparatory School and Nursery, 38 Dry Hill Park Road, Tonbridge TN10 3BU or tel: 01732 353941.