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Students experience Tudor life

Hog and apple sausage and medieval pasties were on the lunch menu at Christ’s Hospital’s Tudor Banquet.

On Friday, October 11, nearly 200 children from schools across the region took part in the school’s Living History Day. After a morning of Tudor-themed lessons and activities, and a royal banquet, the children took part in an afternoon extravaganza. Despite the weather, they were able to enjoy a stunning demonstration by C J’s Birds of Prey who flew their beautiful Steppe Eagle and Peregrine Falcons across the school’s magnificent quad, while the Dining Hall was filled with the sounds of maypole dancing, and Annie the Pedlar’s Tudor games showed the children how their forebears enjoyed themselves in a pre-computer game age! Meanwhile, in the main school hall, Peter Balanck of Medieval Days captivated the children with his unrivalled collection of Tudor armour, weapons and coins.

Adam Reid, Head of History at CH, said: “This is a great opportunity for children from local schools to enhance their learning, and an opportunity for us to throw our doors open to the outside world. The children work with our pupils and teachers during the morning covering a variety of subjects including music, food and nutrition, chemistry, and drama. They also learn about the monarchs from the time of the school’s foundation, our teachers bringing them to life by dressing up in suitably regal Tudor costume.”

Not only did the children learn about the Tudors, they also had the chance to take part in one of Christ’s Hospital’s great traditions, the daily Band Parade, in which the school’s famous marching band plays the whole school into lunch.

Christ’s Hospital first opened its doors in 1552 in the City of London. The School was granted a Royal Charter by King Edward VI in 1553, and moved to its purpose-built site near Horsham in 1902.

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