Royal School of Dunkeld - 450 Years Old!
On the 27th of June, the Royal School of Dunkeld held a Royal Garden Party to commemorate 450 years of the school.
We invited HRH Prince Edward and he came to our cathedral service and our Royal Garden Party. He was very friendly!
First he had lunch at the drill hall, then he went to the cathedral service and finally he went to the Royal Garden Party! He arrived by helicopter and landed and got taken to the Drill Hall in the square for a buffet lunch which was organised by Tiffy and Flora Shedden with food provided by lots of local food producers.
Next he went to a Cathedral Service which was led by Mr Penny. Molly Gauld, Darragh MacPhee and Ruaraidh Walker, who are all in Primary 7, did readings about the school. Pete Clark, who had written a new school song, performed this for everyone too. Laura Nicoll, who used to come to our school, also sang a Gaelic song.
Then he was taken from the cathedral to the drill hall to meet members of the public.
Eventually he arrived at the school and was played in by an amazing pipe band. The pupil council got to meet him in a Royal line up and he talked to us about our costumes.
Nursery to Primary 7 all had tents with different themes: there was a 1960, 70s and 80s tent, A Mary Queen of Scots tent, a Victorian tent, a Jacobean tent and a WW1 and WW2 tent. HRH Prince Edward went around the different tents and saw all of our work that we have done over the past year. We had to get into character and act like someone from our time period. One person from each class went to represent their class in front of Prince Edward.
We had a performance stage which each class got up and did an act from their time period. The Gaelic mod singers also sung their songs and Breadalbane Ceilidh Band also came and played for us. Faye Saba, from Primary 6, played Amazing Grace by herself on the bagpipes in the Tea Tent.
At the end of the Garden Party, Prince Edward cut the ribbon on the Royal Lord Lyons patent which we recently had restored. Nursery also presented him with a silver tea caddy which they had engraved for him. The Royal Tea they had made was served to him in the Royal Tea Tent.
“It was really good and lots of people showed up even though it was raining.” Erin P6
“It was really fun meeting Prince Edward and it was fun talking to the parents about World War 1.” Elliot P6
“I really liked acting and being in role as a soldier.” Thomas P6
“I like singing Jonny Cope on the stage I really liked the song.” Rowan P5
“Prince Edward came with lots of security and police. Our class performed three songs for him. My favourite bit of the day was when he came into the P3/4 tent.” Tom P4
“My favourite bit of the day was when we did our show on the stage. I met Prince Edward and spoke to him.” Eilidh P3
“I liked listening to the people performing on the stage at the school. “ Lara P1
“Prince Edward came and I got to talk to him in our tent. He was very tall! We did two songs and one poem on the stage.” James P3
“When I was at home I felt nervous but when I was at The Garden Party I was excited.” Poppy, P2
Thank you to everyone who has helped to organise The Royal garden Party. It has been a fantastic community event and the support we have received has been overwhelming. There are too many people to thank individually but we would like to pay particular thanks to Fiona Ritchie who has led on the event. Her enthusiasm and support of the school has been invaluable and we couldn’t have done it without her. A massive thank you from all of the staff and pupils Fiona.
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