Queen Anne’s Staff Achievements
Friday 21st December 2018
At Queen Anne’s School, we not only like to celebrate and share the achievements of our students, but also the achievements of our staff.
During Michaelmas Term this year, we have had many staff accomplishments that we would love to share with our whole Queen Anne’s community:
Mr Blunt receives certificate to mark his twenty-five years’ service to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Mr Blunt has been awarded a certificate for the completion of twenty-five years’ service with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
This award was presented at St James’ Palace on Tuesday 4 November, where four of our 2017 U6 leavers received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award’s, and was a complete surprise to Mr Blunt!
All at Queen Anne’s School would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Blunt for all his hard work organising and helping our girls complete many Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and exhibitions, and for being an invaluable part of the school!
Dr Beale featured in New York Times
Our very own Head of Religion and Philosophy, Dr Beale, has recently had an article on the concept of authenticity and what we can learn from philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, published by the New York Times.
We are extremely proud to have one of our talented Queen Anne’s staff’s work featured in such a popular world wide publication.
Ms Khuman works in Cambodian Orphanage
MFL teacher, Ms Khuman, spent the summer in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working with disadvantaged orphan children.
Ms Khuman kindly provided us with this moving account of her hard work in Cambodia:
“In the summer I spent two weeks working in a day centre/orphanage in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I simply wanted to learn about how children survive day-to-day without basic amenities such as regular meals.
At first sight, the children (between the ages of 2 and 6) seemed to be the happiest children on the planet; as soon as they entered the gates of the centre in their worn out clothes (which did not change for time that I was there) they would run and play and surround you with a lot of laughter.
But very quickly I learned why they are so small, why many of them have rotten teeth, why they eat so much of the lunch that is provided by the centre.
It’s because they live in highly impoverished communities, eating one meal a day, never having learned to brush their teeth or eat healthy food. They could not afford clothes, nor shoes. But still, they seemed so happy.
And the reason that they were so happy at the centre was that the man, Mr Laing, who rescued them from this day-to-day poverty, provided them with free daily care, nutritious meals, playtime with a range of toys, basic education and a lot of care and attention. This man works alone, trying to protect these children from destitution. All children who are abandoned are not given up for adoption, but are cared for until they become healthy, while Mr Laing searches for their parents, who generally take their babies back.
Mr Laing not only provides safety for the children, but a programme of education for the parents, so that they can learn to love their children in a much more nurturing manner, as well as learn skills to help them find work.
Since he is working alone, my volunteer companions and I decided to create a fundraising page to help him continue to fund the running of the centre. On one occasion, some children did not turn up at the school because the driver could not afford to continue working without pay. It was scary to think what the children would be going through during their time away for the safety of the day centre. They would generally return a few days later on a Rickshaw very dirty, hungry, with a number of untreated cuts and abrasions.
In the future, with the help of fundraising, Mr Laing would like to build a small house within the centre for one of the workers, whom he employed recently, to help her out of poverty. This carer has recently fallen in love with one of the babies who was abandoned while I was volunteering, and has now decided to adopt him.”
Ms Webber takes 2nd Place at ‘Reading in Bloom’ Garden Competition
Our School Florist, Ms Webber, has had success in this year’s ‘Reading in Bloom’ garden competition.
Ms Webber, who provides wonderful arrangements of flowers for Queen Anne’s throughout the year, came 2nd place in the ‘gardens under 12ft’ category.
Have a look at her wonderful entry below: