A private girls school has marked the end of its centenary year with a special watercolour painting depicting the school.

The painting, created by Poppy Blakiston-Houston, showed an open view of St Hilda's in Bushey, and its grounds being enjoyed by pupils.

It was unveiled during an alumni afternoon tea last Friday, where past and present pupils were brought together to reminisce and showcase how the school has changed over the years.

Around 120 former pupils returned for the celebration, whilst pupils gave tours of the school to showcase its “positive” changes.

The painting acts as a tribute to the school’s origins given its strong ties to art, with painter Hubert Von Herkomer having resided in the building before it was transformed.

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The building was changed into a school by Violet Curry and is now part of the Aldenham Foundation family of schools.

Sarah Jane Styles, headteacher at the school, said: “St Hilda’s is a school steeped in history, and we see it as important for students to feel connected to that history.

“Our founder, Violet Curry strongly believed in educating girls for the future and even 100 years ago we were nurturing our pupils to strive for excellence and break glass ceilings.

“That ethos hasn’t changed, which is why we want to celebrate both how far we have come and the great things yet to come from St. Hilda’s.

“With this piece of art which draws on the history of St. Hilda’s we want to inspire a whole new generation to paint and to embrace their creative side.”