Over the last two Wednesdays the Year 3s were treated to
our annual visit to the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge in the beautiful
setting of Richmond Park. Both trips were fortunate enough to have lovely spring
weather and the historic building looked both elegant and majestic in a
wonderful reflection of some of the dancing we were treated to.
After being seated in the Salon with views over Queen's
Ride the boys were given a brief history of the Lodge. This included gems like how
after a banquet, Lord Nelson outlined his plans for the Battle of Trafalgar by
drawing in port wine on the white table cloth and how our present Queen's early
life was spent in residence there. The boys were even photographed on the same
steps that she was as a baby!
Next we visited the museum where the boys went on a
voyage of discovery all the while being accompanied by some music I had
arranged while I was still working there. (It was as much a surprise to me as
it was to them!) After some squash and photos we went on a site tour which is
not normally available to the public. We saw their dormitories, where they eat
and relax, where their academic lessons are held and finally as a climax to the
trip we were allowed to view some ballet lessons going on. This is really a
special privilege as it is normally strictly off limits but our boys gazed in
amazement at the Year 11 girls and boys dancing with serene focus. We did
however manage to get a couple of waves from the ballet pianists who recognised
our distinctive blazers from last year!
All in all the Year 3s were introduced to an elite and
rarefied world that few get the opportunity to experience the inner workings of
and I'm sure they both enjoyed and learnt much from the experience.