School choir sings for Ser­bian roy­alty

Young­sters in­vited after their fundrais­ing ex­ploits

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SCHOOL choir singers took the trip of a lifetime to per­form for royal fam­ily mem­bers in Ser­bia.

Young­sters from North­wood Prepara­tory School were per­son­ally in­vited by their Royal High­nesses Crown Prince Alexan­der II and Crown Princess Kather­ine, be­cause of funds pupils had raised for two ru­ral schools in Ser­bia, in support of the Foun­da­tion of HRH Crown Princess Kather­ine.

Dr Trevor Lee, head teacher at the school which sits on the bor­der of North­wood and Rick­mansworth, in Sandy Lodge Road, said the visit was hugely im­por­tant for his pupils.

“It was the most re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mr Lee said. “It was one of the most sig­nif­i­cant school trips I have ever made in my 30 years as a teacher.”

The funds do­nated by the school helped to build and equip two vil­lage kinder­gartens in To­pon­ica and Mate­jevec in south­ern Ser­bia, the first vil­lage kinder­gartens to be built in the coun­try, to­day car­ing for more than 100 chil­dren.

“For a few years we had been rais­ing money to support chil­dren in those ru­ral ar­eas,” Mr Lee said.

“The royal fam­ily vis­ited the school a cou­ple of years ago and asked if we would like to visit them at the palace in Bel­grade.”

So on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31, a group of 20 chil­dren from the ages of nine to 13 who be­long to the North­wood Prep Se­nior Choir, set off for Bel­grade.

They took a tour of the Royal Palace – the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the Royal fam­ily – and the White Palace, where the boys per­formed for the fam­ily and in­vited guests.

Mr Lee said: “The per­for­mance was recorded and broad­cast on Ser­bian tele­vi­sion, I think the chil­dren were amazed by the whole ex­pe­ri­ence.

“They have been talk­ing non-stop about it since they got back. It was such a won­der­ful thing for their self-con­fi­dence and a real in­sight into the cul­ture of the coun­try.”

n ROYAL VISIT: North­wood Prep School choir per­form at the White Palace

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