On 10th July 2018, I was lucky enough to go to the RAF 100 parade and flypast in London !! The RAF was formed on the 1st April 1918, from a mix of the Royal Flying Corp ( Army), and the Royal Naval Air Service. Since 1918, the RAF has participated in operations from the famous Battle Of Britain, in World War 2, to current operations, fighting in Afghanistan and Syria. However, the RAF also supports numerous humanitarian operations, for example, airlifting people out of danger, and delivering vital food, medicines and shelters to areas hit by natural disasters.
Back in London, the celebrations began with a march of over 1000 men and women of the Royal Air Force. All the Squadrons standards (flags) were paraded. The band of the RAF and the RAF pipes and drums, accompanied the march. I found this march very moving because their drill was immaculate and so was their uniform. I found it inspiring because they all looked very proud and as the crowd cheered some of them smiled.
The next part of the event was the flypast, 100 aircraft of the Royal Air Force flew over central London, down the Royal Mall, and over Buckingham Palace. This was the largest flypast in memorable history, even Heathrow airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, had to close for 25 minutes! It started off with helicopters, including the Chinook, followed by slower aircraft, such as shadow and training aircraft including the Prefects. The crowed roared as the Battle of Britain flight came into view. Lead by the Dakota, we saw Hurricanes, Spitfires, and then, amazingly, the only Lancaster capable of flying, named, The City Of Lincoln. Next in the flypast there were the heavy aircraft, for example, the Voyager, Globemaster, Rivet Joint, Sentry ( which my mum flew in for 10 years!). Next, it was the turn of the fast jets, the Hawks, Tornados and the RAF’s latest fighter jet, the Lighting.
Then the crowd gasped, as the Typhoons flew past in the formation of the figure, 100!! The flypast was brought to an end by Britain’s favourites, the Red Arrows, streaming red, white and blue smoke across the sky. I felt honoured to be there and I will never forget this truly astonishing experience. It was a once in a life time event and I was thrilled to see it in person and to share the celebration with my family. I am thinking of joining the RAF as a career and watching these events has made me more keen to do so.
Written by Cara Walker
On Friday 3rd February I had an extremely exciting day. I met and presented a demonstration to Princesses Anne, the Queen’s daughter. She is very knowledgeable and has competed at the Olympics (eventing discipline) so she knew what she was talking about.
My friend Evie and I are both members of Lincolnshire Wolds Riding for the Disabled group. We were picked to be part of the demonstration because we are both RDA national show jumping champions! Our routine was based around Ricky (my horse) and Breeze (Evie’s horse) liking each other so it was good that they did. There were lots of times when we crossed over and jumped jumps at the same time.
When we had finished riding, we all got to meet Princess Anne. She was very bubbly and chatty. She liked my pony, Ricky, a lot and thought our demonstration was amazing too.
It was a really memorable day and I loved every moment of it!
Over the period of a couple of weeks, students, staff and the wider QEGS community gave up their time and talent to produce over 70 knitted squares which have been sent to the Animal Health Trust. This was in a response to an appeal for squares that could then be made into 'MRI jumpers', to keep dogs warm and comfortable while under anaesthetic or undergoing scans. Students from a range of different year groups, many of whom had never knitted before, gave up their lunchtimes to add rows to the total and thanks also go to the various staff members who came along to give extra tuition and pick up the occasional dropped stitch! The sessions provided a pleasant opportunity to chat sociably and find a moment of calm in the often hectic school day. The activity even proved popular among the wider QEGS community, and special thanks must go to Mrs Bealby's mum and Miss Macdonald's mum, whose red-hot knitting needles really helped to swell our total!
Once again I would like to take the time to thank the pupils in your school who entered the Willoughby Memorial Trust’s Lincolnshire School Poetry Competition. The Presentation Evening was held at the Willoughby Memorial Gallery in Corby Glen last Friday and I attach a photograph of the event which I thought you might like to see. You may recognise one of your pupils there although a couple of prize winners were not able to attend the evening. Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, the Chairman of the Trust, is pictured on the left and Camilla McLean, Stamford Poet Laureate and judge is pictured on the right. This photograph along with the winning poems will be placed on the Willoughby Memorial Gallery’s website shortly, www.willoughbygallery.com.
We are already looking forward to the competition in 2017 and the theme will be ‘Freedom’!!
Clara Dunbavin, Year 8, competed in the County Level 4 Gymnastic Championships on the 19th June and is now the 2016 Floor Champion. She also came second in the Vault which meant that she came 6th overall and 3rd in her age group.
At half term Clara represented the East Midlands at the Regional Team Trampoline Finals held in the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham where the team came third and Clara came 9th individually at NDP Level 5.