Bunting and Creative Writing for the Coronation

To celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, the Lower School took part in two competitions to get their creativity flowing whilst engaging in this very special event.

Firstly, there was an optional essay competition with pupils writing a brief piece of writing about the King and the Royal Family. Congratulations to Sophia (UIII), Sofia (UIII) and Victoria (UIII) who were runners-up, and well done to Penney (UIII) for her detailed review of King Charles III’s life securing first place! The submitted pieces and now proudly displayed on our regal notice board.

King Charles’ life and work

King Charles III is the current monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms. He is the successor to Queen Elizabeth II. He was previously the Prince of Wales. He was born on November 14, 1948, as Charles Philip Arthur George, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. He was the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history as he was Prince for the entire time Elizabeth was alive and reigning so was apparent that she was the longest-reigning monarch in British history. In addition to his official and ceremonial duties in the United Kingdom and overseas as The Prince of Wales, his Majesty has taken a keen and active interest in all areas of public life for decades along with the Queen.

One of the things that makes him have such an effect and voice is his love for the environment he uses his land and power to establish the sustainable markets initiative; In 2020, Prince Charles established the Sustainable Markets Initiative, aiming to kickstart action towards a greener future, encouraging the private sector to accelerate their efforts. Now, more than 500 CEOs are part of the initiative, including the heads of some of the world’s biggest financial institutions. This means they have signed up to the SMI’s ‘Terra Carta’ pledges. In August, the SMI announced The Terra Carta Action Forum, a two-day event which will bring together leaders from the public and private sectors, tying in with the World Leaders Summit.

An important part of Charles’ life was his relationship with Diana. On July 29, 1981, Charles married Lady Diana Frances Spencer, daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer. The royal wedding was a global media event, broadcast live on television and watched by hundreds of millions of people; following the ceremony, she took the title Princess of Wales. The couple’s first child, Prince William of Wales, became at his birth (June 21, 1982) second in line of succession to the throne. Their second child, Prince Henry Charles Albert David (known as Harry), was born on September 15, 1984.

By Sophia, UIII

The second competition was all about bunting! Every member of Lower School took part in this activity during tutor time where they were given a template and asked to show off their best artwork to celebrate the special event. There was great effort from all, with some tutor groups picking themes such as national emblems, crowns, flags, castles and even corgis! Prizes were awarded to Ella (UIII), Maria (UIII), Natalie (LIV) and Mia (LIV). Large amounts of bunting are currently on display in the Lower School Hub.

Mrs Sally Harbour
Head of Lower School