Wembley Downs: Hale School leavers mix old and new traditions

Hale School leavers performing the Viking Clap.
Hale School leavers performing the War Cry.
Hale School leavers performing the Viking Clap. Hale School leavers performing the War Cry.

LEAVERS have bid farewell to Hale School with a quirky mix of old and new traditions.

Year 12 students enjoyed a two-day celebration at the Wembley Downs school, which included a chapel service, tree planting, barbecue and games.

They also took part in a ritual started by 2016 graduates where the whole school formed a guard of honour before the Year 12 students lined up to face the younger students to carry out the Viking Clap.

The boys then finished with the traditional school war cry.

Senior school head Ross Barron said the 2018 school leavers had embraced the valedictory celebrations.

“Valedictory is a fitting culmination for what has been a fantastic year group,” he said.

“These new traditions, combined with longstanding formalities, bond the boys together and create lifelong memories, while reinforcing a positive school culture for which Hale is proud.”