Princess Margaret returns to Paragon Road

In 1951 Princess Margaret visited Paragon Road to lay the foundation stone for the new Hackney Free school building. This event is commemorated in the Urswick School museum.  Last week the School was again visited by the Princess, this time in the form of Helena Bonham Carter, who will be taking on the role of Princess Margaret in the next series of The Crown. 

Helena was there to support the charity Broaden Out Their Horizons – of which she is the patron. The Urswick School has been working with Broaden Out Their Horizons this year on a global partnership project with a secondary school in South Africa.  Helena was part of an invited audience that listened to the students feedback on the first leg of this exchange which took place in July 2018. Helena said ‘It was my honour and pleasure to listen to such confident and charismatic young people sharing their experiences.’ Also in the audience was Dayo Adeagbo, Vice-Chair of Governors. At the end of the evening, he informally addressed the audience, saying: 'If you have not already met the children at Urswick School, today you will have seen confident and happy children taking advantage of the opportunities given to them. They have reflected morally and spiritually on their visit to South Africa and are aware of their great fortune and potential. Supported by their teachers, they are developing an awareness of the world and their place in it. We should all be proud of them.' The event also looked forward to the return visit of a group of South African students which will be taking place in February 2019.


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