On 14th March, Miss Pizzy, our Careers Advisor, and myself accompanied 12 of our Diversity Ambassadors to Westminster Abbey where we had been invited to attend the prestigious Commonwealth Service. Although Her Majesty The Queen was unable to attend, this year’s service was particularly special as the country is celebrating her 70 years of service to the country.
On the way to the Abbey we learnt about some of the famous people whose statues sit opposite Big Ben and the students enjoyed looking for the flag attached to their family history.
Outside the Abbey we were greeted by a fantastic ensemble called The Melodians Steel Orchestra playing calypso music. Amongst the most awaited guests were members of the royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles along with Lord Bishop John Sentamu.
There was a frisson of excitement when the author David Walliams walked down the nave as many students would have liked an autograph and, no doubt, a selfie with him!
The students really enjoyed listening to a wide range of artists during the service such as Emeli Sandé, Mica Paris, The London Youth Chamber Choir, The London African Gospel Choir and opera singers from New-Zealand.
Many guests read and spoke although the words of The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC resonated particularly with us “we affirm our belief in justice for everyone and peace between peoples and nations. Joining together in kinship and affinity, in diversity and unity, as members of a worldwide family of nations, we build on shared inheritances”.
It was an emotional service that made a lasting impression on all of us. The students behaved in an impeccable manner – which is a credit to their parents/carers – and they did MGGS proud.
I feel privileged to work with such a wonderful group of students to raise awareness about diversity and promote inclusion within our school community.
Mrs N Lawrence – Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3