Throughout its long history, the children at Saint Ronan’s and the School itself have benefited daily the many gifts which have been made to the School by the alumni, parents and other friends. These gifts have range form modest everyday items to major developments.
The Chapel, for example, was built and furnished in 1904 with gifts from parents. The organ was donated to the school in 1926 and then, in the 1950s, money was once again raised to move it, brick by brick, from the School’s original site in Worthing to its current position.
In 1920 friends funded the building of a set of fives courts and the erection of a war memorial. In 1926, following the early death of Stanley Harris, members of the school community established the Stanley Harris Scholarship at Pembroke College specifically for undergraduates who had been at either Saint Ronan’s or Westminster.
In more recent times, generosity has helped with the redevelopment of the Stable Block, refurbishment of the Dining Room and the Swimming Pool, and the construction of the Sports Hall (The Founder’s Hall). This term, a friend has pledged the monies needed to overhaul the organ.W.B. Harris, Headmaster from 1926 to 1957, made perhaps the most generous gift of all when he left the entire Tongswood Estate in trust for the School to enjoy, in perpetuity and his majority share in the school as a business to his junior partner, Sir Richard Vassar-Smith. His son, Sir John, in turn placed in 1997 the family interest in the School into a charitable trust and in doing so protected the School’s future.
It is an unquestionable fact that Saint Ronan’s would not be what it is today without this tradition of generosity. There is a history of giving.
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