An esteemed old Gadshillian presented awards at Gad’s Hill Senior School prize giving service and offered some words of wisdom to the latest post-holders – “take every opportunity this wonderful school offers to make sure you become confident and really useful adults.”

Mrs Rahming, who has appeared on stage with Derek Jacobi, and now lives in Virginia, America, attended the school between 1947 and 1960 and was Head Girl for three consecutive years.

She was invited to join the Deputy Mayor and Escort of Medway, Councillor Gloria and Mr Richard Opara at Gad’s annual ceremony at St George’s Centre, Chatham.

Proud parents, classmates and friends of the school applauded when 15 year-olds Cameron Miller, from Shorne and Ndidi Eziashi, from Rochester, were called to the stage to receive the coveted Myatt and Hughes Canes respectively, in recognition of their new roles.

Mrs Rahming congratulated the pair:  “To receive this is a real honour and I wish you every happiness and success in your very well deserved and prestigious positions.”

Certificates, cups and trophies were handed out to students who had achieved academic accolades, sporting successes or made a positive contribution to the school.

Headmaster David Craggs closed the evening by thanking Mrs Rahming for her continued support, before reading an excerpt from her 1949 school report, which raised a cheer, and chuckle, from the captivated audience:  “Penelope is quite good but noisy!”

A keen reader from a young age, Mrs Rahming has been impressed with the improvements made to the school’s library over the years and donated funds to provide a dedicated area for students’ quiet study away from the classroom.


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