Duchess helps High School’s golden ef­forts

Bea­cons­field High School is cel­e­brat­ing 50th an­niver­sary

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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

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