09 Sept 2022

A statement from Walhampton School on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen

As a school community, we unite in loss for Queen Elizabeth II, but in celebration, too. We will continue to follow Her Majesty’s example of kindness, duty, service, humility and unwavering commitment which she embodies throughout her reign.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time. Our flag is being flown at half mast on top of Walhampton’s Main House, paying tribute to our longest serving monarch. 

Our pupils and staff have gathered at our Memorial Garden and also in The Chapel as a whole community to say a prayer, take a minute’s silence, pay our respects and give thanks for Queen Elizabeth’s life. 

The Queen has served the country and Commonwealth for more than 70 years and is an inspiration to us all. Earlier this year, Walhampton pupils celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a Carriage Driving display and planting ceremony for a young oak tree. This followed an extensive conservation enrichment activity involving Year 3-5 children clearing the space of invasive species and planting trees in the woods. Head, Mr Timms, had explained the importance of planting trees for future generations, this is now even more poignant and will be a small token of our affection for Her Majesty’s long reign and service, and something pupils now and in the future will be able to enjoy. 

We will endeavour to play our very small part in celebrating a life so wonderfully lived and using her example to help inspire us all at Walhampton to continue to serve others in the UK and across the world.

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