On 11th November, Armistice Day, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, visited Thornhill School and had a taster of many of the positive things going on here.
Inspired by the work of Mr Sheikh and The Word, The Duke of Kent included a visit to Thornhill as part of a day spent in Sunderland. On arrival at school a reception was held with BTEC Hospitality and Catering students providing a fantastic buffet which was so impressive that the Duke couldn’t believe that the students had made it themselves! After seeing students at work on business and enterprise activities and work going on in TAIT, the Duke was off to the Science department to watch a Chemistry lesson being taught by Mr Sheikh.
From there a visit was made to the Learning Resource Centre where he met representatives from TARAH, the School Council, Pupil Voice, Aim Higher, Take a Stand and Connecting Classrooms. Members of the Hot Off the Press team were also there, note pads at the ready and were fortunate to be able to ask His Royal Highness a few questions. When asked what message he had for the students at Thornhill he said: “Always try your best”. He was also asked whether he thought that Andy Murray would win next year’s Men’s Singles final at Wimbledon to which he replied “He’s very good, let’s hope that he can win.”
The visit was concluded with a special performance in the main hall by the Word, with Mr Sheikh and team promoting their message of tolerance and respect regardless of race or colour, followed by the Duke of Kent unveiling a commemorative plaque which is to be displayed in school. The Duke left soon afterwards and was given a rousing send off by members of Year 7 waving their Union Jacks.