Duchess helps High School’s golden efforts
Beaconsfield High School is celebrating 50th anniversary
BEACONSFIELD High School welcomed Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent to officially open its advanced science laboratories and architecturally inspired Reception, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Duchess of Kent visited for the second time last Wednesday, having officially opened the school in October 1966.
Guests included the chairman of South Bucks District Council, Cllr Duncan Smith and the Mayor of Beaconsfield, Cllr Patrick Hogan, as well as notable contributors to the world of science, corporate partners, parents, alumnae, students and staff.
The Duchess was invited to cut the ribbon on the science labs, which have been designed to mimic university labs to facilitate better learning and development.
The three labs each offer the latest equipment and facilities for the study of biology, physics and chemistry, with a dedicated A level lab sponsored by global healthcare communications agency Emotive.
Headteacher Rachel Smith and the science team designed the largest lab with curved stations facing in to a central teaching area, to allow for contemporary, interactive learning, as well as glass boards and breakout areas for focused forums.
Music performances by the three Senior School choirs, along with a solo cello performance by school music competition winner Elizabeth Corbett and a finale from the Senior Strings ensured a celebratory mood for The Duchess and guests, before she pulled the curtains on the new Reception plaque, now placed below the original unveiled 50 years ago.
Rachel Smith said: “We are so thrilled to have welcomed the Duchess of Kent back to Beaconsfield High School. It is a real honour to have her join us at a time of real evolution and development for the school.
“This celebration is our way of giving back to all the parents, staff, students, alumnae and the local community who have and continue to support the school in constantly improving on its happy, high-achieving learning environment.”
The royal celebrations are one of the final events organised to celebrate the school’s 50th year.
BeckyFest, a summer festival organised by governors, parents, staff and students kicked off the proceedings and was followed by a tea party to reunite the alumnae of the school.
The crescendo will be a sold-out spectacular Golden Anniversary Ball in the transformed main hall, complete with fine dining, live band, auction and more on June 24.
The Duchess of Kent, headteacher Rachel Smith and head girl Hannah Ruby with a science student in one of the new laboratories