On 14th March 2022, four pupils accompanied by David Camps (Headteacher) and Jasmin Sanders (Pastoral Lead) were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to attend Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day. The opportunity came as a result of the work Nechells had undertaken, and committed to, for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last year.
As such, we represented Birmingham due to the privilege of the Commonwealth Games being hosted in our city.
On the day, we attended the Commonwealth Service along with other schools and dignitaries from the UK and Commonwealth. We sat on the front row at Westminster Abbey which allowed us the opportunity to see all those in attendance as they arrived; which included the previous prime minister Boris Johnson, senior members of parliament including those from the Shadow Cabinet.
Unfortunately, due to ill-health the Queen was unable to attend. However, in her place was Prince Charles, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Alexandra, the Queen’s cousin. Little did we know at the time that we had met the future King, Queen Consort and Prince and Princess of Wales.
At the end of the ceremony, we gathered at the steps of Westminster Abbey and handed flowers to all female members of the royal family. Pupils were overwhelmed with how kind and friendly the royal family were.
We also had the pleasure of meeting David Walliams and his mother!
This was a truly once in a lifetime opportunity and we are so grateful for having had the opportunity to represent our school, trust and city at such a special event.
Please see attached a digital copy of the order of service shared with all those in attendance: