What is the School doing to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee? – Ayoola O

This year marks Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne. The school have in store a number of festive activities in order to celebrate this historic event. So what can we expect?

Next Friday, on the 27th of May, there will a large array of festive activities in order to celebrate the  special event. There will be an old sports day event, which all pupils are encouraged to participate in. It will take us back to a time where we competed in egg and spoon races, wheelbarrow races, the three-legged race and a bean bag race as well. There will also be a whole-school picnic  on the terrace to emulate a jubilee street party. There will be all lots of picnic foods including a ‘cream tea’. Additionally, both staff that live on site and staff off campus will decorate their homes in bunting.

If you go to the art department you will see the willow crown which was a project led by Mrs Barber along with some other pupils. It was an eco-friendly design and will be notably seen at the front of school.

This Friday, RHS will be on the route of the Festival of Suffolk Torch Relay. This torch will travel around the entirety of Suffolk on a 588-mile journey. It started last Friday in Brandon and will end at the Suffolk show on Wednesday on the 1st of June. There, it will play a part in the Jubilee Pageant at the Showground. To watch the torch relay as it happens you can click on the following link which will take you to the official tracker on the festival of Suffolk website: https://www.festivalofsuffolk.org/best-of-suffolk-torch-tracker. Communities all around Suffolk are able to nominate individuals that they believe have made significant contributions due to their service and are hence worthy of carrying the torch. The chosen torchbearer for the school are Miss Sweeney for her admirable and enormous efforts in Suffolk hospitals across the years, including throughout the pandemic. The other torchbearer will be Charity Representative, Charlie Allison. The Charity committee represent the school body and are responsible for raising thousands of dollars for the school’s chosen local charities, including the Suffolk Community Foundation. RHS will have the chance to give it a send-off as it goes on its journey. Everyone is welcome to watch. From 8:30, the school’s Band will put on a spectacular musical display then there will also be a whole school flag. This will actually be the first whole school flag since the one that happened two years ago, just before the school had to shut down due to the first national lockdown.

Fast-forwarding to the 11th and 12th of June, RHS is hosting the Festival of the Sea, happening across the weekend. This is happening due a special invitation from the Countess of Euston, H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk as a result of the naval heritage of the school. This will occur as part of the Festival of Suffolk which is taking place in the following week. Mr Pendington, the Chair of governors of the school, is in charge of this event along with Mr Martineau, Mr Griffiths and Mrs Walker. On Saturday morning at 10:30, there will be a sailing regatta between the Royal Naval Sailing Association and the RHS pupils at Alton Water. Everyone is welcome to watch this exciting event.  In the evening at 7pm, there will be a Nautical Ball which is open to parents and adults from the wider community. This event is free of any charge. This event will happen after the Sunset Ceremony performed by the RHS Corps of Drums.

On Sunday, there will be a ‘musical picnic in the park,’ where we will welcome back the Royal Marines School of Music band. This event will combine a concert with a school picnic. 

In the evening at 17:00, there will be a Jubilee Thanksgiving Service where the Chapel has twinned up with other local Churches and Parishes. This will be reminiscent of 1953 service at the coronation. The Chapel Service on Sunday will feature several tunes of the 1953 coronation music including ‘I was glad’ and ‘Zadok the Priest.’

This is just a snapshot of some of what the school is planning to do in order to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee. For more information, please feel free to head over to the school’s website.

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