Royal visit awes students
Sanderson Middle School staff and students received the royal treatment today with a special visit by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
The Queen of England’s youngest son is on a special visit to Australia to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.
There are 35 Northern Territory schools participating in the awards, and Sanderson Middle School has one of the highest number of participants.
The prince met Sanderson Dukes and Clontarf students, learnt some AFL skills and Yolngu Matha, planted a tree, witnessed a Torres Strait Island dance, visited the NT Music School, and participated in a whole school assembly.
Principal Liz Veel said the experience was amazing for students and staff alike.
“Sanderson Middle School is a fantastic school, so today was an incredible opportunity to showcase our school and programs to His Royal Highness,” she said.
“We have a large number of Dukes students at Sanderson Middle School, and they all go above and beyond in the school and the community.
“I am so proud of what our students are achieving through Dukes, and to be recognised by His Royal Highness is an amazing privilege for them – and for Sanderson as a whole.”
Year 9 Dukes students Allen Calma and Chloe Ferguson, who led the Earl’s tour of the school, said it was the experience of a lifetime.
“I can’t wait to get home and tell my family all about it,” Chloe said.
“It’s definitely something I’ll never forget,” said Allen.