Southborough Celebrates the Coronation in True Style
With King Charles’ coronation taking place on Saturday 6th May and the nation poised to watch history in the making, it wouldn’t have been right to let the event go by without a special celebration of our own. A number of students had already taken part in a special trip a couple of weeks ago to visit Westminster Abbey before it closed to the public in preparation for the big day. It was now time to acknowledge the special occasion much closer to home.
On Friday 5th May, both staff and students came into school dress in red, white and blue to mark the occasion. All monies raised via this special MUFTI day will go to one of Prince Charles’ most favoured charitable causes. A special Coronation presentation was delivered to all year groups during morning assemblies to ensure that every student at the school knew and understood about the significance of the occasion.
The big event of the day, however, was a BIG CORONATION LUNCH PARTY for Year 7 students and sixty local primary school children.
With the main school hall set out like a proper Coronation street party, students were served up tradition party food including sandwiches, cakes, sweets and savoury bits whilst taking part in a special Coronation Quiz., delivered by our host Mr Iles. Each table competed against the others in the quest to win the coveted prize of even more sweets! The atmosphere was truly fun and upbeat and the students learnt a lot about the monarchy and coronation.
Meanwhile, we had the unveiling of our Coronation Courtyard Garden by Reverend Luke Wickings and Headteacher Niall Smith that afternoon. The garden had been created by our fabulous Eco team of students, led by Geography teacher Mr Howe, who worked tirelessly to get it ready before the Coronation took place. Typically, as soon as our visitors arrived, the heavens opened up and onlookers got absolutely soaked during the unveiling! However, the sun soon returned for students to enjoy later on.
But at SHS, we don’t do things by half! On the actual day of the Coronation, a small group of our Prince’s Trust students, accompanied by Headteacher Mr Smith, were invited to attend a special Coronation event at Lambeth Palace and St Margaret’s Church yesterday, which included a close up view of the royal procession. The students thoroughly enjoyed this historic occasion and were a credit both to the school and to Princes’ Trust.
All in all, the Coronation was certainly brought to life for all our students. Many thanks must go to Senior Assistant Headteacher Mr Edward’s and his team of helpers for making everything go with a swing!