S. Anselm's Celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Special Street Party Style Lunch

Friday 27th May 2022

On our Jubilee Celebration day, the whole school will come together for a special ‘street party’ style lunch on Top Field.  The competition floral posies and building models will be displayed and the Victoria sponges baked and decorated by the children will feature on the dessert menu.


Bunting has been ordered and our Chapel Choir and Junior Choir are rehearsing ‘God Save the Queen’, as well as ‘Sing’ by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Brother James’ Air version of ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ which feature in the Queen’s favourite songs.  These will be performed before we start our lunch. If inclement weather spoils play, we will revert to the dining hall, but fingers crossed Plan B does not have to be actioned.

During the latter part of the afternoon, from 3pm, we would be thrilled if parents could join us on Top Field for the finale of the day.  Light refreshments will be served and after a musical introduction from our choirs, we have the Crocombe Relay.  This school tradition was introduced by our former and long-standing Director of Sport to engender school house spirit and participation, as every pupil from Years 3 to 8, compete in this relay competition.

We are also excited to be stage a House ‘Tug of War’ event in which Junior and Senior House teams will compete.

Parents are invited (six males, six females) to form a team to take our staff in Tug of War.  Please get in touch with Mr Simpson  if you would like to take part!

The Competitions

Garden Flower Posies Competition

For our special Jubilee Lunch, the children will be invited to assemble creative Garden Posies, combining different summer varieties of cut flowers from home, including roses, sweet williams, cosmos and scabious, keeping the colours bright and cheerful (cutting all stems and removing any leaves below the water line).

These should be brought to school on the morning of Friday 27th May, securely tied and clearly labelled with your child’s name.  The labels will be judged as an integral part of the overall design and may include homemade decoration.

Empty jam jars will be needed to enable us to display the posies effectively.  We would therefore appreciate donations of clean jars, running up to the event.  These can be given to your child’s Form Tutor.

Victoria Sponge Baking Competition

There is plenty of time to start practicing how to bake the perfect Victoria Sponge, ready for the big day!  Fluffy, light and befitting of a royal buffet, the Victoria sponge is one of Britain’s best loved cakes.

Entrants should use the following recipe (which is nut free), as published in this month’s Country Life magazine, however, gluten free / dairy free / vegan / vegetarian alternatives of a Victoria Sponge cake are also welcome.

The cakes will be judged by the Friends of S. Anselm’s for both taste and decoration and then will be eaten as part of the celebratory ‘Street Party Style’ lunch.


225g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease

225g self-raising flour

225g caster sugar

4 medium eggs

1 tbsp milk

6tbsp loose strawberry jam

250ml double cream

icing sugar, fruit or other nut free, edible decorations for top





  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (160 degrees fan), gas mark 4.  Lightly grease two 20.5cm sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment.  Dust the sides of each tin with flour (tap out excess).
  2. Put the butter and caster sugar into a large bowl and beat together using a whisk until pale and fluffy.  Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition (if the mixture looks as if it might curdle, mix in a few tablespoons of flour).
  3. Sift over the flour and fold together using a large metal spoon.  Next, fold in the milk.
  4. Divide the mixture between the tins and level the surfaces.  Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden.  Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before removing and cooling on a wire rack.
  5. Spread the jam over one cake.  Whip the cream in a bowl and spread over the jam.  Top with the other cake.
  6. Dust with icing sugar and decorate as creatively as desired to celebrate the Jubilee – ensuring your decorations are edible, do not contain nuts/nut products and can be safely transported to school!



Iconic Jubilee Building Design Competition

We would like to invite Prep School pupils to create an entry for our ‘Jubilee Building Design Competition’.  This will enable the children to visualise their own iconic building concepts to commemorate the Jubilee. 

Entrants are invited to submit a model of their building in clay, wood, Lego, Minecraft, other building material or a 2D artistic representation.  Models could be inspired by an existing iconic British building, or they could be a totally new building design concept that the pupil thinks would be an exciting and innovative way to mark the Jubilee year – with an impressive architectural design.

Entries should be named and brought into school for judging on Friday 27th May.  It is hoped that many of the models can be displayed in the central table scaping for our celebratory lunch.

Prizes will be awarded in in age category.

Recitation of the ‘Monarchs of England’ Mnemonic Verse

Do you know your Kings and Queens from 1066-2022?

Mr Mace is challenging all our pupils to memorise and recite this historical mnemonic verse … success in which will earn a highly deserved chocolate bar!

Click here to download the verse.

Countdown to S. Anselm's Celebrations








Pick up arrangements

For families with children in Pre-Prep, if you would like to pick up early on Friday, 27th May so you may attend as a family,  please do let your child’s form tutor know.

Otherwise the pick up arrangements will be as usual.

Dress for the occasion …

On Friday 27th May, we ask all our pupils wear red, white and blue attire.

Our Pre-Prep children will sport their own Jubilee crowns, which they will have decorated in school.

We are asking for a £2 donation (administered through ‘extras’ bills) for the Mufti Day and it is planned to use the money raised to provide a fund for the School Council use for their playtime ‘wellbeing and inclusivity’ initiatives in the Prep School and to add to the Forest Fun equipment in the Pre-Prep. 

Cherry Tree & Time Capsule

During  the afternoon of 27th May, we will plant a cherry blossom tree near to the Sports Hall and we are delighted Dr Katrina Mayson, our longest serving School Governor, will preside. Next to this, we will bury a time capsule which is being carefully prepared by our Pre-Prep children.