Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
Today pupils participated in a multitude of celebrations to mark HM The Queen’s 70-year reign. These activities included an old school sports day and our own ‘street party’ with afternoon tea on the terrace.
Our pupils and staff have been preparing for the week by decorating the school in bunting and with other decorations such as the recently constructed Wildlife Willow Crown, created by a team led by Mrs Barber.
Festivities began today after Chapel; pupils walked down to the sports field to compete in their houses in an old school sports day. The events involved an egg and spoon race, three-legged race, a skipping race, a ‘fill the bucket' race, a bean bag race and the RHS traditional ‘welly wanging’ competition.
Each house completed the races on a rotational basis where they were awarded points for each activity in their house families. This provided an opportunity for pupils to enjoy an interhouse competition, spend time with friends and show some house pride. Key mention must go to Cornwallis House where housemaster Mr Cohen and tutor Mr Coleman joined their house in the welly throwing competition with the whole house cheering them on, only for one to roll on the floor with the other rocket sky high, nevertheless showing their house spirit.
House and patriotic pride was on full display with many having Union Jack flags and house banners, in addition to their house kit. In Collingwood the house flags were worn as capes as apparently they added an aerodynamic element!
After the conclusion of the old school sports day, pupils were invited to afternoon tea on the terrace which had been decorated with bunting and balloons, fit for the occasion. Each pupil was provided with flags to wave and their own box of picnic food, containing cakes and cream teas. Not only was the weather glorious but there was a wonderful welcoming atmosphere for both pupils and staff to sit in their houses enjoying their picnics before breaking up for half term.