In the run up to the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, the whole school community enjoyed a celebratory tea party at the sports ground.
We were thrilled to welcome South Hampstead pupils, staff, governors and alumnae – dressed in red, white and blue – including former pupils who were born in 1952, joined South Hampstead in 1952 or left South Hampstead in 1952.
Mrs Bingham gave a warm welcome, as the sun emerged, before everyone joined a rousing rendition of the National Anthem, accompanied by our Junior and Senior School trombone players. The Coronation March – composed by the cellist, music teacher and composer Caroline Bosanquet, when she was a 15-year old pupil at South Hampstead in the 1950s – was also played.
Pupils from each year group, from Reception to the Sixth Form, cut the ceremonial ribbon alongside our alumnae, before Year 9 dancers delivered a spectacular performance. The Head Girl Team chatted to former pupils, teachers and former Headmistresses over tea, whilst everyone enjoyed some strawberries and cream and royal-themed cupcakes – congratulations to Georgie in Year 6, Mishka in Year 4, and Rosie in Year 2, whose winning designs sat atop the icing.
To commemorate the day, Year 7 pupils planted a special Platinum Jubilee tree in recognition of our commitment to environmental issues via our Project Zero initiative. Find out more about our plans to plant an entire grove in the Scottish Highlands here.
We are hugely grateful to the whole school community for making the event such a success, and especially to the Junior School PTA for organising the jugglers, face-painting and magic, and to the Friends of South Hampstead for providing the strawberries and cream for afternoon tea.
With thanks to pupils Ella, Ines and Kaja for being photographers for the day. Highlights of the day were featured in the Ham & High.