Styal school welcomes Royal visitor

Styal Primary School were extremely honored to have His Royal Highness, Prince Charles visit them today (Wednesday, 24th January).

During his visit Prince Charles was treated to a performance by their Steel Pan Band, led by Arthur Barnes, followed by three songs which reflected the ethos of Styal School - being positive, being outdoors and Being there for each other. The performances featured two soloists and a tap dancer.

Alicia Bellshaw, Deputy Headteacher, said "Prince Charles commented that the children performed brilliantly and that he was astounded by their capacity to learn and perform.

"We presented him with a book which one of our Year 5 pupils, Evie, had written for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. HRH said that he would share it with them the next time he read them a bedtime story."

Mrs Helen Smith, the Headteacher, talked to HRH about how the school has grown in popularity over time and asked if he enjoyed watching his grandchildren in school plays, to which he commented that he particularly loves nativities.

Mrs Smith, said "He noticed how we made good use of our outdoor area for active maths and commented that this was a good way to hep the children to remember their learning."

She added "HRH was very impressed with our on site Forest School. He talked with Alicia Bellshaw, the Deputy Headteacher, about how perfect our setting was for outdoor learning. We showed him some images of the children lighting fires, cooking in the cob oven, using tools to light fires and building ladders to climb trees. We discussed how this develops the childrens' resilience and ability to take risk. HRH talked of how he loved playing outside and doing those things when he was young."

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