Darwen Vale Students Attending Commonwealth Observance Day at Westminster Abbey

Eight students attending Commonwealth Observance Day at Westminster Abbey


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On Monday 9 March, eight selected students from Darwen Vale High School will be among nearly 1,000 young people from all corners of the UK in attendance at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Observance, Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering.


The celebration will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge. This year’s Observance celebrates the 2015 Commonwealth theme ‘A Young Commonwealth’. Teacher Carolyn Hothersall said, ‘We’re really excited about the visit.  We’ve been researching some of the countries with very young populations and we’re looking forward to hearing about life in other parts of the Commonwealth.’


Speakers will include international child rights’ activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi; Queen’s Young Leader and community mobiliser, PJ Cole; and Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, the first female Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh.


The multi award-winning South African a cappella group, The Soil are due to perform and Indian poet, Sharanya Manivannan will read a new poem, commissioned for Commonwealth Day.


The children present in the Abbey – including those presenting posies to The Queen and The Duchesses – are from schools currently involved in Commonwealth projects. They stopped off to say hello to our sponsors The Aldridge Foundation on their way to the event and have some pizza!