What a tremendously busy but fun last week of term we had!
Our final fundraising activity was an alternative sports day after a lovely picnic lunch in the sun.
The events were run by the school Houses who had been busy planning for the last few weeks.
Activities included fancy dress, pupils v teachers rounders, soak the teacher, put a goal past a teacher, doubles tennis against Mr McKeown and Mr Magill, teacher races and face painting.
Everyone had a fantastic afternoon with each house raising money to support their chosen charity with a grand total of £978.18 raised!!
Hastings – Help the Homeless
Sandford – Teenage Cancer Trust
Thompson – Cancer Research UK
Westminster – Claire House
We have had an amazing year of charity events raising over £4,000 which has been donated to Macmillan Cancer Care, SMILE International, Children in Need and Save the Children. There have also been some excellent smaller fundraising activities initiated by the pupils and the money raised has gone to a number of worthwhile charities.
It was with sadness that we said farewell to three members of staff, Mrs Jones, Mrs Chafer and Mr Abell, who will all be taking a step away from their full time roles at Queen’s after long and successful careers with the school.
This was marked with a special assembly on the value of teaching in all of its forms with illustrations from a number of alumnae who have taught not just in schools but in prisons, hospitals, universities, gyms, children’s homes, sports halls, courts of law and even battle fields. Like our teachers, their stories exemplified the spirit of Queen’s which sees real value in giving back. We wish our leavers a huge Queen’s dose of luck and courage with whatever new-found challenges they now choose to pursue.
A carriage clock or engraved pen was never going to be an appropriate leaving present for the ever-so-slightly bonkers Mrs Jones. Not only did Head of Music Mrs Healey write a special song for her which was sung at her leaving party by the Chamber Choir, colleagues also clubbed together to purchase her some very special friends to keep her busy. Three Alpacas were delivered to school on Thursday morning, Tiny Tim, Isaac and one yet to be named!
Breaking up for the end of the school year would not be complete without a performance from the staff band 'Mark Scheme and the Invigilators’. Prior to them taking to the stage the girls were treated to a performance from the 9W class choir who performed at our recent Summer Music Concert. Everyone was in great spirits; a perfect end to such a busy year!