Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this very special occasion. I have mentioned before that to be a part of the Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School community is a very special thing. You are the next generation of our one thousand year history who will go on to achieving great things within our school and beyond. You are starting the path on which thousands of great people before you have walked. They went on to make a positive difference in our world as we know it. The service this afternoon is a part of our tradition. Our connection with the cathedral is something of which we are very proud. It is one of the ways that we, as a school, welcome you to our community. It reminds us all – both students and staff - that we are all a part of something which is very special and also reminds us not to take this for granted. Over the next seven years, you will have a lot of amazing experiences and amongst these you will have the ups and downs that life throws at us. You have put your trust in us to provide you with the best possible chance in life. Because of this, we will be with you every step of the way through these seven years, helping you to achieve and to make well informed choices. We will tackle every challenge together and we will never give up on you. So here we are, at the beginning of your secondary career, and I would like to congratulate you all on the success you have found already in the first four weeks at school. You have settled in well and are firmly embedded into the LCHS family. Never forget why you choose to come to LCHS; never forget the badge you are wearing. Wear it with pride! Never stop believing that you can achieve. I will leave you with a quotation: ‘See that you always remember with gratitude the pains which this school underwent in giving birth to your minds. Go, farewell, and the blessings of heaven go with you, blessings which the unceasing prayers of this, your school will not fail to secure in your behalf.’ Headmaster, John Clarke. 1624 Welcome to Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School!