Girls as young as three and as old as 14 were welcomed into the Godolphin community through a unique ceremony, ‘The Pinny Service’. The Godolphin pinny is worn up until Sixth Form and is highly distinctive, giving the girls a sense of identity and belonging. During the service, chaplain Dr Stella Wood used rosemary, the herb of remembrance and water, a symbol of life and growth to bless both the pinnies and the girls themselves. Prayers were said for them and for their families and they were given a Godolphin hymn book which they will keep throughout their time at the school.
Speaking afterwards, Dr Wood said ‘This is such a special occasion for both our new girls and their families. I particularly look forward to the moment when I begin to spray the girls with water using the rosemary sprigs. To see the looks on their faces and then hear their giggles and laughs is just wonderful!’