As the Reception class of 2017 embarked upon their new voyage at The Royal School, they did so in the great company of prestigious Naval personnel, Rear Admiral Chris Gardner CBE and Lieutenant Celia Suttle, Commanding Officer of HMS Blazer.
In a special ceremony marking the opening of Little Sailors, the Early Years Department of The Royal School, Rear Admiral Gardner gave a speech about The Royal Navy's links with The Royal School and his personal involvement as a School Governor. He cut the ribbon, launching not only Little Sailors, but also a new play ship which takes pride of place in the children's beautiful outdoor play area.
Lieutenant Suttle, Commanding Officer of HMS Blazer, presented the Junior School Head Boy and Head Girl with a beautiful HMS Blazer crest for the play ship, hereafter known as the mini HMS Blazer!
Maintaining the School’s historic links with the Royal Navy, Daycare, Nursery and Reception classes have been named after single-manned dinghies, starting with Nippers and goings through to Comets!
Mrs Daunter, Head of the Junior School at The Royal School said, "It was a very special morning for all of us. The children were delighted to stand on their new play ship alongside a real Admiral and Commanding Officer and her ship's company. At school, we talk to the pupils all the time about people who help us in the community, so it was excellent for our children to meet some of them in the flesh. It is an honour for us to have strong links with an essential establishment that helps protect our country and I am so pleased that Rear Admiral Gardner and Lt Suttle could join us launching Little Sailors at The Royal School."