26 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding to advertisements One of the country’s foremost independent girls’ schools from 3-18 Leading with confidence, learning with purpose, living with joy We would like to invite you to attend any of our forthcoming event: Junior School 7 <strong>June</strong>, 1pm To register your place, please visit: www.theabbey.co.uk/events EXPLODE
around the villages — 2 Sonning School's chicks arrived in time for its Coronation celebration <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 27 SONNING CofE primary school update A Coronation Service — part of a special day of activities to mark the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla — gave pupils, governors and staff of Sonning Church of England Primary School an opportunity to come together to celebrate with hymns, songs, prayers and readings. <strong>The</strong>y were joined by Rt Hon <strong>The</strong>resa May MP, who unveiled a plaque donated by the Sonning and Sonning Eye Society to mark the Coronation. and members of the Sonning <strong>Parish</strong> Council who gave medals to every pupil, staff member and governor of the school. PART OF COMMUNITY It was an event to remind pupils of the importance of serving others, helping each other and being part of a community such as Sonning. '<strong>The</strong> connectivity and support offered by the local community is special, and we felt fortunate to have such close ties with other groups around us', said headteacher, Phil Sherwood. 'To have a former Prime Minister take time out of her day to visit us and speak to the children was a treat for us all. Mrs May’s support, as well as that of Sonning <strong>Parish</strong> Council and the Sonning and Sonning Eye Society, remind us what a remarkable area this is, and how lucky we are,' he added. One of the activities the pupils were most proud of was being part of creating a mosaic, designed by Shilpa Kunder, a teaching assistant at the school. Each pupil and staff member placed at least one tile, and this will act as another lasting memory of this occasion. On 7 May a group of pupils took part in the Coronation party held in Sonning village — see page 23. Angels wanted <strong>The</strong> school is seeking angel investors for an exciting building project to create a Performing Arts Studio. <strong>The</strong> aim is to provide experiences in acting, dance, music, song, art and cultural appreciation. It will be used by pupils during the day and at weekends, evenings and school holidays, and by the communities of Sonning, Charvil, Sonning Eye, Wargrave, Woodley and Twyford at other times. If you can help — practically or financially — please contact us via spsadmin@sonning. wokingham.sch.uk for the attention of Phil Sherwood, headteacher. Pupils were very excited as eggs that had been incubating at school, finally hatched in early May. <strong>The</strong>y have enjoyed learning about the life of a chicken and especially enjoyed holding the chicks! <strong>The</strong>se experiences are part of the school's vision to build strong foundations for the years ahead and create lasting memories for the pupils of the school.