Queen chats to students during first visit to Harold Hill

17:53 26 October 2012

The Queen speaking to students, who performed a reprise of Little Shop of Horrors

The Queen speaking to students, who performed a reprise of Little Shop of Horrors

Archant

The Queen spent time chatting to staff and students of a new school during her first visit to Harold Hill today (Friday October 26).

The Monarch officially opened the new Drapers’ Academy, in Settle Road.

Matthew Slater, principal of Drapers’ Academy, described the day as “simply a dream come true”.

He said: “It’s wonderful, she is just so interested in the students and has spent the time asking them questions and just giving me lots of feedback.”

The Queen arrived on her second visit to Havering at 12pm and was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London Sir David Brewer.

Dressed in a light pink suit, she was taken on a tour of the new £24m academy starting in the sports hall where she was met by students doing trampolining and using the climbing wall.

Her delight was evident as she told the pupils that the climbing wall was “just wonderful”.

The Queen was then treated to a performance of a scene from Little Shop of Horrors, which the students had performed earlier in the year to rave reviews.

After the performance, Her Majesty spent time speaking to Harry Gibbons, who played the lead role of Seymour in the production.

He said: “She asked me if I enjoyed singing and then she said that I sing really well.

“I didn’t expect her to speak to me, I was just really shocked.”

The tour then continued into the science department, where the students peformed a range of experiments.

The Queen chatted to Jack Ostermeyer, 14, who was carrying out an experiment on magnesium and asked him if the “experiment was working”.

He said: “I told her that the magnesium would take some time to burn.

“She was just so calm and was really interested in the experiment.”

The Queen was taken to the staff room where she met with dignitaries, including Upminster and Hornchurch MP Angela Watkinson and Leader of Havering Council Cllr Michael White.

The Monarch was then treated to a performance of Something Inside So Strong and Gary Barlow’s Sing in the school hall, which was renamed the Diamond Jubilee Hall in the Queen’s honour.

See this week’s Romford Recorder for more on the Queen’s visit.

Latest Stories

22 minutes ago
The cyclist's helmet camera captured the sickening moment that a car slammed into him [Picture from Youtube]

A cyclist was hit by a car in Romford, slammed into the windscreen and miraculously landed on his feet - and caught the whole thing on his helmet cam.

Read more
11:22
The trio lured their victim to a secluded part of Hampstead Heath (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A woman lured her fiancé to a secluded part of Hampstead Heath before beating him to near death with the help of two other men so they could steal £200 from him.

Read more
A million passengers are expected to fly out from London airports this weekend (Picture via Getty Images)

Expect travel chaos this weekend as almost one million Londoners are expected to fly out from the capital, with roads and railways also expected to be jam-packed as the summer getaway begins.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more