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The Duke of York’s Royal Mil­i­tary School Grand Day parade saw more than 500 stu­dents in cer­e­mo­nial uni­form in­spected by guest of hon­our Re­view­ing Of­fi­cer, Air Mar­shall Christo­pher Nick­ols CBE (left above). This was fol­lowed by Troop­ing the Colour led by the school’s mil­i­tary band.

Founded in 1803, the school is the only one in Eng­land and Wales to en­joy the

Royal priv­i­lege of hold­ing colours (granted in 1824 by King George IV) and march­ing the colours through the ranks; this only hap­pens in in­fantry reg­i­ments.

About 3,000 par­ents and guests at­tended Grand Day, which in­cluded prize giv­ing. Many pupils have fam­ily in the armed forces and, as a per­sonal touch, wear the cap


Girls at Be­nen­den School have flown from Head­corn Aero­drome in a light air­craft they built them­selves one evening a week for 18 months in an en­gi­neer­ing project run with the Bri­tish Mi­cro­light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion. The mi­cro­light was flown by a team of dif­fer­ent in­struc­tors on 28 sep­a­rate flights – one for each of the girls in­volved and one ex­tra for Head­mistress Sa­man­tha Price, who said: “At Be­nen­den we are de­vel­op­ing the en­gi­neers of the fu­ture. En­gi­neer­ing skills are in­valu­able in to­day’s work­place and are go­ing to be­come more im­por­tant as tech­nol­ogy de­vel­ops fur­ther.” badge of their par­ents’ or fam­ily mem­ber’s Ser­vice, Corps or Reg­i­ment over their hearts.

Dur­ing the event, the blue skies above the school’s 150-acre coun­try­side site was the back­ground for a Spit­fire fly-past and jumps by the Royal Lo­gis­tic Corps Para­chute Dis­play Team. There was also a su­perb range of vin­tage mil­i­tary trans­port such as jeeps, tanks and air­craft on dis­play.

Alex Fore­man, Prin­ci­pal (cen­tre above), said: “Grand Day is the most cel­e­brated event in our school cal­en­dar as it com­bines the high achieve­ments of our prize win­ners as well as the Troop­ing of Colours – a cer­e­mo­nial parade by the whole school which is prac­ticed all year and sym­bol­ises our mil­i­tary her­itage and ethos.”

Be­nen­den’s next am­bi­tious en­gi­neer­ing project will be con­struct­ing a Cater­ham 7 rac­ing car. As you do. Girl power in­deed.

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