HRH Duke of York opened new Millbank library and met Outward Bound adventure pupils!
His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York, visited Millbank Academy on Wednesday 17 January, to open Millbank Academy’s new library. He also met with students embarking on adventures of a lifetime, as part of the Outward Bound programme, of which Prince Andrew is a patron.
Prince Andrew met a group of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, and commended them for their participation in the programme, which runs adventurous and challenging outdoor learning courses to equip young people with valuable skills, such as effective communication, leadership, and resilience. These skills are just the kind that employers are looking for, and are also proven to enhance mental and physical wellbeing. It is never too early to start preparing for the future!
The Outward Bound programme ties in well with Milbank Academy’s ethos, and extra-curricular provision. Year 5 pupils are given the opportunity to participate in residential trips to Cumbria, so that pupils can experience life outside of London, in addition to cultural enrichment visits to museums and galleries across central London.
Kip Brett, who is in 6 Red, said, “It was great to meet Prince Andrew and tell him about our Outward Bound trip. I really enjoyed the trip to Cumbria because I liked the long walks. Doing activities in the outdoors is much more fun than staying at home! We did lots of fun activities and it was great to work as a team with all your friends. I wish I could go back again!”
We are honoured that Prince Andrew was able to come and share this fantastic opportunity with our Millbank pupils, and to open our library so that more of our pupils can experience the value of reading and further develop their learning. The new library, which was funded by Future Charity, a proud sponsor of Milbank Academy, and it was completed during the summer holidays. It has over 5,000 new books for the pupils to enjoy.
HRH Prince Andrew, who is the Queen’s second eldest son, is committed to supporting new opportunities for young people, and shares with us a firm belief that young people are essential for our country’s future development in business and culture.