DESPITE THE RAIN, A ROYAL VISITOR GETS A WARM WELCOME AT STANWELL SCHOOL

The drizzle didn't in the least dampen the spirits of Stanwell pupils who were delighted to welcome Prince Edward - even if it meant getting wet

The drizzle didn’t in the least dampen the spirits of Stanwell School pupils who were delighted to welcome Prince Edward today – even if it meant getting wet

Despite today’s gloomy drizzle there was an enthusiastic welcome from pupils at Stanwell School today for a visit by Prince Edward,  Earl of Essex.

The royal visitor was in Penarth to present certificates to seven local schools – including Stanwell – all or which are now qualified to run Duke of Edinburgh Ward Schemes in place of the Vale of Glamorgan council

The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Stuart Egan welcomes HRH the Earl of Essex to Stanwell School

The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Stuart Egan welcomes HRH the Earl of Essex to Stanwell School. Deputy Headteacher Mrs Claire Kynaston is on the right of the photo

At the entrance to the school Prince Edward met the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Stuart Egan  and was introduced to the members of the school staff

Hundreds of exciting Stanwell pupils waving Red Dragons and Union Jacks braved  constant drizzle and lined up in the school yard to welcome the prince to the school .

Prince Edward walks out into the packed school yard where hundreds of pupils were waiting to greet him

Prince Edward walks out into the packed school yard where hundreds of pupils were waiting to greet him

Prince Edward then walked out into the playground to receive a spontaneously warm welcome from the several hundred flag-waving schoolchildren who seemed genuinely pleased and excited to have a royal visitor at the school – and showed it.

Prince Edward - expertly working the crowd and chatting to children on both sides of the aisle

Prince Edward – expertly working the crowd and chatting with easy informality to children on both sides of the aisle

The prince, stopped to chat with many of the children thronging the school yard and was eager to find out about their sports hobbies and their extra-curricular activities .

He found that several pupils were participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. More than 500 Stanwell pupils take part in the scheme every year.

One group of schologirls was delighted the prince stopped to talk to them about their netball achievements

One group of schoolgirls was delighted the prince stopped to talk to them about their netball achievements

These young netball players were delighted to have had a chat with the royal visitor

These young netball players were delighted to have had a chat with the royal visitor

One young student and her friends told him about their enthusiasm  for netball

The pupils of Stanwell couldn't have made their royal guest more welcome and really enjoyed meeting the Prince Edwards

The pupils of Stanwell couldn’t have made their royal guest feel more welcome and all said they had really enjoyed meeting the Prince Edward

After the running the gauntlet of a overwhelmingly friendly, lively and very good-hearted crowd of young students, Prince Edward – dressed casually in and slacks and a zip-necked Duke of Edinburgh Award official fleece – was escorted indoors where a school choir was performing music from “The Lion King”

Music from The Lion King was sung by a school choir

Music from The Lion King was sung by a school choir

After the musical interval the prince was taken to the gymnasium to see  practical  team-building demonstrations of some of the smaller-scale  activities which form part of the DoE scheme in Stanwell, in addition to the better-known challenging hikes and physical endeavours.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is celebrating its 60th year this year.

In this hoop challenge pupils have to - as a group - maintain control of the hoop supporting it on just two fingers each

In this hoop challenge pupils have to – as a group – maintain control of the hoop supporting it on just two fingers each

Some groups were exercising with hoops – others manipulating ropes whilst blindfolded – whilst some students participated  in what looked like an army officer-selection problem-solving exercise involving lengths of guttering and tennis balls. Everyone was having a whale of a time,

Prince Edward has the task of adding in some of Naomi features to a composite group drawing. The result was a rare one-off for the art market

Prince Edward had the task of adding in some of Naomi’s features to a composite group drawing being passed around the group . The result was perhaps a rare one-off for a future Antiques Road Show

Prince Edward tried his hand at a couple of the activities himself – including one called a  “drawing shapes face-energiser ” group-sketching exercise in which each member of the group – in turn – draws-in some features of a live subject before handing the clipboard to the next participant. The result was certainly a unique one-off for some possible future  Antiques Road Show.

The serious business of the day however was the formal certificate-awarding session in the sixth form common room in which the prince  met representatives of the seven schools in the Vale of Glamorgan – including Stanwell , St Cyres,  Ysgol y Deri, and Ysgol Pen y Garth in Penarth – which are now  fully-certificated to run the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in place of the Vale Council.

Here they are with their certificates :-

Representatives of the six of the Vale schools who received their Duke of Edinburgh Awards Certificates today ffrom Prince Edwards

Representatives of the six of the Vale schools who received their Duke of Edinburgh Awards Certificates today from Prince Edwards

Helen Jenkins representing the Stanwell teachers receives the schools certificate

Helen Jenkins representing the Stanwell teachers receives the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award  certificate from Prince Edward

And from the Prince there was a final word of thanks to the young Stanwell School harpist Huw Bouchard who had been accompanying the ceremony throughout

There was a final thank you from the Prince for young Stanwell harpist Huw Bouchard who had accompanied the ceremony throughout

There was a final thank you from the Prince for young Stanwell harpist Huw Boucher who had accompanied the ceremony throughout. He has only been playing the instrument for 3 years.

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7 Responses to DESPITE THE RAIN, A ROYAL VISITOR GETS A WARM WELCOME AT STANWELL SCHOOL

  1. Frank Evans says:

    Great news coverage as usual PDN

    More than just a blogger, councillor Burnett maybe you are the one who is out of touch?

  2. Andrew Worsley says:

    Who is he?????

  3. Johnabutt says:

    At last Edward has found a use, looking after the D of E scheme since his old man I’d too old now.

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