‘My whole life whether it be short or long shall be devoted to your service.’

The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, speaking on her 21st birthday in 1947

It is with great sadness that we received news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September.

As a School we have held a number of events to mark this sad occasion and reflect on a life of service, duty, humanity and kindness.

We came together for a Service of Commemoration which gave our community the opportunity to mourn, reflect and be thankful for the Queen’s remarkable life. Around school, Union Jacks have been flown at half mast and during this period of national mourning, many have worn black ties and students and staff alike have lit candles in the School Chapel as marks of respect for Her Majesty.

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat, instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Broadcast 2008

Together we continue to give thanks for her life of service not only to this country but to the Commonwealth. Her dignity, grace and faith inspired and will be felt by many generations to follow. Indeed, the Queen’s life reflects much of our own school ethos where the values that make our community the place it is; values of tolerance, kindness, thinking of others before yourself and respect.

Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the Royal Family. May she rest in peace.

Paul Sanderson

Headmaster, Bloxham School