Open Day 2022
On the 9th of July Ackworth School was once again able to open its doors to friends of the School including current parents and former Scholars. The momentous occasion marks the start of summer and brings the entire school community together to celebrate the end of a wonderful school year. After not being held since 2019 it’s safe to say Open Day was back with a flourish.
The centre piece of Open Day was the complementary buffet, featuring lemon and dill poached salmon or Scottish smoked salmon with capers and mussels. Also offered was, goats cheese and stilton pork pie, mature cheddar and red onion quiche and selection of roasted beef, turkey, or gammon meats. These were all accompanied by the summer salad bowl section, all provided by the talented catering team at Thomas Franks. The marvellous weather permitted lunch to be consumed alfresco under the shelter of the marquees.
Drama productions ran throughout the day, showcasing the theatrical skills of the school’s actors. Act 2 of “The Crucible”, is the portrayal of a crumbling marriage exacerbated by outside pressures was moving from a cast so young. Later, Rick Wood’s two-hander on mental health, “Try”, played to a full Fothergill Theatre. It was ‘a fabulous performance by both students and a very powerful play’: a fantastic achievement for a play produced in a week! There is little doubt that Drama at Ackworth is thriving.
We were able to welcome audiences back into the Meeting House for the traditional Open Day concert. Both Coram House, our junior school, and Senior choirs came together at the end to reprise their performance of “No Wars Will Stop Us Singing”, which they debuted in the Concert for Ukraine back in June, together with other schools in the community.
Old Scholars certainly took advantage of the Open Day Reunions as we welcomed back two cohorts, one celebrating 50 years since leaving Ackworth School. There are always opportunities to reconnect with classmates throughout the year here at Ackworth School.
The day came to an end after the traditional Grand March took place which marks the end of the summer term. A glorious day was enjoyed by all, we hope to see you next year!