STAHS honoured to attend Stephen Hawking interment
Posted on 19 June 2018
Four students from St Albans High School for Girls were invited to attend the memorial service for Professor Stephen Hawking, at Westminster Abbey. Stephen Hawking briefly attended St Albans High School with his sisters between 1950 and 1953. In those days, girls and boys studied together until the age of 10, after which they were separated and he joined the boys’ school.
Nicole, Charlie, Megan and Emma recount their experience below:
“On Friday 15th June we had the privilege of attending Stephen Hawking’s Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey. Throughout the ceremony we heard many heartfelt speeches and addresses by his family members, close friends and fellow scientists. His determination and sense of humour, even when facing the greatest challenges, made a long lasting impression on his loved ones. It was a beautiful and moving celebration of his life. All of us were inspired not only by his scientific brilliance but also by his perseverance and his faith in humanity.
“After the ceremony we were invited to a reception in the gardens of Westminster Abbey. Amongst the guests were amazing scientific minds and we were beyond excited to meet and chat with Professor Brian Cox and Major Tim Peake.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the day and are extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend this historical event, creating memories that will stay with us forever.”
Nicole, Charlie, Megan and Emma outside Westminster Abbey: