GRAND DAY AT DUKE’S
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
UP, UP AND AWAY
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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