On Monday 14 February 2022, The Windsor Boys’ School played host to teachers and representatives from many of the Windsor schools at the Launch of the Platinum Jubilee Schools’ Week which will be taking place between the 23rd and 27th May 2022.
Schools’ Week has been created as part of the work of the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Committee, so that all children across the Windsor area have a chance get involved in and enjoy the Jubilee celebrations this year. The aim is to celebrate education, combining pupils and staff across the schools and allowing students to work together on interesting and challenging projects outside of the classroom.
The event began with a welcome from Sean Furness, Headteacher of The Windsor Boys’ School and Graham Barker, Chair of the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Committee, who outlined the broader plans for celebrating the Jubilee in Windsor and the importance of involving all our children in this unique and exciting Jubilee occasion. In his speech James Manwaring, Director of Music for Windsor Learning Partnership, said his vision is for a busy week with all schools working together on numerous and varied cross-curricular activities. Pupils from senior schools leading lessons in a primary school; primary pupils enjoying the experience of a secondary school day; groups visit Windsor Castle to learn about the Jubilee, and everyone is engaged in shared activities of all types. His hope is that Schools’ Week in Windsor can be a legacy of the Platinum Jubilee and become an annual event which sees real positive collaboration across the Windsor schools’ community.
Councillor John Story, the Mayor of RBWM, spoke of his enthusiasm and ideas for the Schools’ Week and he kindly invited 70 primary school age children, from across all the schools, to a Mayor’s Tea Party at the Guildhall in Schools’ Week.
During the launch guests we are given the chance to enjoy musical performances from Johnny Slade (Year 13 TWBS) playing Rachmaninoff’s 6 Music Moments, No. 4 on piano and Annie Higton (Year 11 WGS) singing Adelaide’s’ Lament from Guys and Dolls. Everyone enjoyed a fantastic array of canapés cooked that day by students from The Windsor Boys’ School and Windsor Girls’ School, under the watchful eye of the Chef Kev, (Kevin Muhammad) of TWBS.
The purpose of the Launch was to share the latest thinking across all schools in the community and encourage each school to come up with ideas not just for their own schools but also ones which can be shared collaboratively. Currently there are already musical concerts planned for Thursday 26th May, one for junior ages, ones for senior pupils. There will be the Jubilee Banquet for invited guests at Eton College on Monday 23rd May, for which Windsor school children will be developing, cooking and presenting ideas, hoping that theirs will be the chosen menu for the night. A Platinum Jubilee song is going to be written, based on a workshop with students at Windsor Castle and this will be recorded and performed live at some key events both in Schools’ Week and over the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend.
A further broad range of ideas for Schools’ Week activities has already been generated by the recently established, Schools’ Ambassadors, a group of Year 12 students from TWBS, WGS and Eton College set up to create, plan and help run Schools’ Week. This hopefully prompts thinking and new ideas, as each school has been asked to develop plans and send in their thoughts by the 2nd of March, to explored by the Ambassadors at their next meeting, with a view to creating a program for Schools’ Week which has something for every type and age of child. Further plans will be shared once agreed.
More details are being shared through the Windsor Schools’ Partnership links, but if you require more information please contact us via [email protected]
Please note that we are having to restrict the number of schools we work with as our terms of reference restrict us to schools in Windsor.