Heatherton House Pupils Meet The Queen

Heatherton House enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime
experience on Friday 6th May when we played an integral part in the royal visit celebrations to mark the school’s
475th year since its foundation.
The Queen,
who is Patron of Berkhamsted School, arrived in Berkhamsted in a vision of fuchsia pink
to be received by hundreds of well-wishers lining the Union-Jack decked
streets.

Year 5 and 6 pupils joined other members of the Berkhamsted Schools Group
to surround the school’s grassy quad where Her Majesty entered to patrol a line
of young cadets from the school’s Combined Cadet Force and to watch a short
performance of The Lion King. “It was an unbelievable and
amazing experience,” said Year 5 pupil Hannah Ashby. “We were so
close to The Queen. It’s a day I’ll remember forever.”

But for four particular Heatherton pupils and accompanying
staff, their royal experience was an even more personal one. Form Captains from
Years 1 to 4 were chosen to attend a special reception at the event and were
lucky enough to be introduced to and speak with Her Majesty. “I was so
excited and nervous,” said Year 4 Form Captain Abigail, who presented The
Queen with a beautiful posy of flowers. “She was lovely and spoke to all
of us.” “I had been practising my curtsey at home with Mummy,”
said Year 2 Form Captain Vanessa. “I curtseyed really well and The Queen
said she liked my plaits!”

After unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit and
enjoying a lunch with the schools’ governors head teachers and local
dignitaries, The Queen left the Hertfordshire town in style, waved off in a
helicopter by local residents and every Heatherton pupil from Nursery upwards.

“The whole school have been preparing for this historic
visit for weeks with special history lessons, wonderful artwork creations and
even forming the letters ER in our playground on Her Majesty’s birthday,” says
Heatherton’s proud Head teacher Debbie Isaachsen. “It is the first time a reigning monarch has visited
Berkhamsted School and it’s wonderful that Heatherton pupils were able to play
such a large role in the celebrations. Her Majesty really took the time to
speak to every pupil and staff member at the event. It was certainly a very
proud day for the school.”

For more images of this special day, please click here.