Four talented students at our Radlett Lodge School marked the end of term in style last week, with a haka and scenes from a Shakespeare play at the school’s annual awards ceremony. Their performance prompted huge applause from the 50-strong audience of parents, school staff and students. 

A huge well done to Zach, Joshua, Sohail and Zach – and to all our other brilliant students for their hard work this year, especially those who have graduated.

The boys, from the school’s post-16 Jupiter class, opened with an enactment of the haka, which is famously performed by the New Zealand rugby team ahead of matches. With the crowd warmed up, they acted out two well-known scenes from William Shakespeare’s play, the Tempest.

This was a huge achievement for our students – not just performing in front of so many people but mastering Shakespeare’s very complex language. It was the result of months of rehearsals which were run by a volunteer called Anna, whose day job is teaching drama at St Albans High School for Girls.  

The boys were delighted with their performance, with Zach saying “it was really fun” and that he “felt proud”. Sohail said: “I stayed focused and concentrated on my lines, and I felt calm on stage.” Zach added: “I did great work saying my lines, I felt great to be on stage.”

At the National Autistic Society, we have been providing specialist education to children and young people on the autism spectrum for over 50 years. We currently run eight schools, with our most recent opening in Essex last September.

Our Radlett Lodge School in Hertfordshire opened in 1974. It caters for up to 55 students in its day school and also runs a modern, purpose-built home called the Lodge in the school grounds where children stay on a weekly, termly or flexi-boarding basis. The school has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating for its education provision and a ‘Good rating’ for its residential provision.

Jeremy Keeble, Principal of the National Autistic Society’s Radlett Lodge School, said: "Our students make us so proud on a daily basis but it was great to mark their achievements at this special awards ceremony, with parents and staff. Thank you to those who spent the afternoon with us and helped us celebrate our wonderful students.

"Our Post 16 Jupiter class put on a fantastic performance of the haka and two scenes from the Tempest by William Shakespeare. We were so unbelievably proud to see them perform and they did a fantastic job. Well done Zach, Joshua, Sohail and Zach. And thanks to Leigh-Anne, our head of Post-16, and Anna from St Albans High School for Girls for making this happen. 

“Graduation day has come and gone. Another year and another group of students who we are so proud of moving onto the next chapter of their lives. We wish our graduates all the best for the future. We have no doubt you will continue to do your best and succeed in all you do.”

Sohail’s mum Shaila, said: “Wow, what an awards ceremony. Ayesha and me really enjoyed all the kids getting up and feeling so proud of their medals. It was lovely to see some of the boys really loving the moment. Full credit to all the teachers.

“Sohail did so well. He remembered the dance moves and his lines. His sisters are so proud of his achievements. Thank you.” 

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