Cranbrook School was delighted to receive a visit by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal on Tuesday 12th June. The Princess made an extensive tour of the school site, meeting a large number of staff and students along the way, before opening the new Sixth Form Centre. Amongst those students who were thrilled to have an opportunity to speak with the Princess were those in the historic new Year 7 intake, Physics specialists on hand to demonstrate the school’s Observatory and senior Sixth Form students who showed off the new Sixth Form facility.
The Princess concluded her visit by speaking to the whole school including pupils from Cranbrook Primary due to join the school in September. Her recollections of her time at all-girls Benenden School and the occasional social gatherings with the boys at Cranbrook brought a smile to everyone’s faces. Headmaster John Weeds said, “This has been the real highlight of an already special year.
Cranbrook is 500 years old this year and is celebrating in so many different ways this summer. This was the icing on the cake!” Cranbrook is planning further celebrations this month with a Festival Week extravaganza of events, including a family fun day, a concert, events for Old Cranbrookians and a parent-run Summer Ball, all from 23rd June through to the 30th. (See www.cranbrookschool.co.uk/calendar/500th-celebrations for more information.)
The princess was delighted to be presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers which were designed and prepared by The Floral Studio in Cranbrook (See www.floralstudio.co.uk)
Words by Sarah Cogswell – Cranbrook School