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HRH visits The Prince of Wales school in Dorchester

17th November 2014

The Prince of Wales plants a commemorative tree with a volunteer from the school

Today The Prince of Wales visited The Prince of Wales School in Dorchester that he opened 20 years ago.

On arriving at the school His Royal Highness met a few children including 8-year-old Sam Duncalf who eagerly showed him his Second World War Home Learning project - complete with soldiers and tanks.

The Prince accompanied Head Teacher Peter Farrington, who has been at the school for 20 years, into the School Hall where the the 160 pupils who attend the school were assembled.

Some of the children performed including 8-year-old Shanon  Richards who gave a gymnastic display.  Elise Griffin, also 8, played the violin and performed Handel's Horn pipe.

His Royal Highness then went outside where he met children from the pre-school nursery on his way to plant a tulip tree  and was accompanied by the Children's Voice  (the school council).

The Prince asked the children if they had ever planted a tree before and he asked for a volunteer to help him plant it.  James Keegan, 6, volunteered to help and shovelled soil into the hole. 

His Royal Highness wished the tree luck and said "please look after it and water it if it dries out and hopefully if I am still alive I will come and visit it in 20 years time".

HRH greets parents and children outside The Prince of Wales school

HRH greets parents and children outside The Prince of Wales school

On the way out His Royal Highness visited the schools historic 'Round House' which was built using traditional methods.

During the visit to the school, The Prince made an impromptu speech -  after he had watched a short performance by some of the children.  

In the speech His Royal Highness mentioned the gymnast Shanon Richards that he had just seen perform, saying: "In a few years time we may see this excellent gymnast represent this county some where.

He added: "I am thrilled to be here again 20 years after first opening it. I'm glad to see that at least one person I met then, is still here today!

"Ladies and gentlemen I am so pleased to see the school has grown from strength to strength, and that no bits have fallen off in the last twenty years! I'm delighted to hear that parents value the work the school does, and I would like to pay tribute to the staff who make that happen.

"Finally, I would like to wish everyone many happy returns!"