On the Friday before the Jubilee weekend, the whole school celebrated 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
In the lead up to the celebrations, the Pre-Prep department painted or drew portraits of the Queen, and they thought about questions they might ask her if they had the opportunity. Pupils decorated their classrooms with red, white and blue bunting and paper chains which they made themselves.
They also took the colours of the Union Jack as inspiration for their party clothes too and there were some interesting outfits - not to mention an impressive array of crowns. PP2H opened the day with an assembly about the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the events that led to her becoming Queen. They sang their own version of the Jubilee song ‘Sing’ that Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber composed to mark the occasion.
The PP3 pupils wrote and prepared one-minute speeches about what they would do if they were royalty for the day. The selected finalists then presented their speeches to Mr Rossetti who chose the winners: Jude Araim (PP3R) to be Queen and Tristan Anderson (PP3BO) to be King. The royal pair then had to perform regal duties around the Pre-Prep department. The biggest surprise for all the children was a visit from the Queen herself! As she toured the Pre-Prep department, the pupils were able to ask her the questions they had prepared. After the excitement, afternoon tea was served with cucumber sandwiches and scones all round!
Pupils from the Pre-Preps up the 14s, together with members of staff, created a giant ‘60’ marked out on the field for an aerial photo. The Prep and Senior pupils also dressed up in red, white and blue and there were spot prizes for the most creative outfits. In houses, the pupils participated in tug-of-war, a sack race and a ‘King of the Mountain’ bouncy castle race. Afterwards a barbecue was held on the fields and the 13s performed some Best of British Music live for the occasion.