Tuesday 3rd May
The school were invited by Gloucestershire County Council again this year to lead a choir at the Citizenship Ceremonies in which new citizens of the United Kingdom are conferred and welcomed.
Students were given details about the ceremony and auditioned to take part in the school choir. Eight pupils were chosen. The ceremony gave us a great opportunity to proudly represent our British society through the choice of songs we had chosen.
The pupils also had the opportunity to converse with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant about his role and duty to Her Majesty the Queen. Following the ceremony the Deputy Lord Lieutenant emailed the following to the school; “The presence of your pupils epitomised all that is good about the Citizenship Ceremony itself: emphasising the value of a culture which can accommodate very different ethnic and religious backgrounds with tolerance and respect”.
We feel extremely privileged to have been a part of it. Pupils were also presented with a certificate of participation for being outstanding members of the Al-Ashraf girls’ choir from the school.
Dear Mufti Abdullah,
It was my privilege to officiate, on behalf of our Lord Lieutenant Dame Janet Trotter, at the National Citizenship Ceremony in Gloucester on May 3rd.
It was my great pleasure to enjoy for the first time the singing of your young ladies, led by Ms Bham, which enriched and enhanced the proceedings.
After the ceremony a photo was taken of the choir- and I look forward to receiving a copy on due course. It prompted a further thought, which I would like to share with you.
The presence of your pupils epitomised all that is good about the Citizenship Ceremony itself: emphasising the value of a culture which can accommodate very different ethnic and religious backgrounds with tolerance and respect . I share Dame Janet’s views that such exemplary civic cooperation merits wider publicity, and possibly the photo may provide such an opportunity, perhaps in the local newspapers.
Very many thanks for permitting your young ladies to contribute to the ceremony; their gentle rendering of our National Anthem was particularly impressive. I know that I speak for the Lieutenancy when I look forward to their next attendance.
I will welcome your thoughts in due course.
Air Vice-Marshal Professor R A Mason
Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire