Queen's Gate School is an independent school for girls between the ages of 4 and 18 years. Our aim is to create a secure and happy environment in which the girls can realise their academic and personal potential and make full use of individual interests and talents. We encourage the development of self-discipline and create an atmosphere where freedom of thought and ideas can flourish.
Queen's Gate Entrepreneurs: Two Pupils Start Up Their Own Businesses In Lockdown
Lockdown allowed many of us to take a step back and spend time on projects we are passionate about. Two Queen's Gate Senior School pupils joined this nationwide surge in creativity by starting up their very own businesses.
15th July 2020 — During lockdown, Queen's Gate Senior School pupils, Kalina and Rayya, used their ingenuity to spark two new businesses and orders are coming in thick and fast!
Kalina, who decided to pursue STEM based subjects for A Level, had been missing using her creativity in GCSE Art. Therefore, with some extra time on her hands, she was inspired to start up KILD SNEAKERS, a shoe customisation business which focuses on the sneaker model, Air Jordan 1, after the most revered NBA basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan.
KILD make one of a kind designs that are personally constructed for each customer and later they sketch and paint on the sneakers to produce an original model. Expansion of the business is on the horizon this summer and they hope to start donating a percentage of their profit to charity in the near future!
Rayya has had a 'passion for fashion' since she was toddler and could often be found trying on her mother's shirts and heels, hoping to one day design her own! Her newly launched online clothing business, BLOOM, focuses on colourful tie-dye designs. Rayya explains, "I wanted to create a name that symbolises growth and beauty, just like my logo - a butterfly". Once BLOOM has received 50 orders, Rayya has decided to donate a percentage of her profits to NHS and key workers, in support of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More details about Kalina and Rayya's business ventures can be found at: http://bit.ly/QGInsta
Going, Going, Gone: Queen's Gate Hosts Anonymous Online Art Auction For Charity
Queen's Gate hosts 'Postcards from Home', an online art auction, to raise money for charity. The artworks, produced and donated by both Queen’s Gate pupils and well-known artists, were kept anonymous until the ‘big reveal’, once bidding had closed!
3rd July 2020 — On Tuesday 30 June, Queen's Gate hosted 'Postcards from Home', an online charity art auction, to raise money for Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, Holy Trinity Brompton Shelter, the Mental Health Foundation and Show Racism the Red Card.
The artworks, produced and donated by both Queen’s Gate pupils and well-known artists, including QG alumnae, were kept anonymous until the ‘big reveal’, once bidding had closed!
It was a thoroughly enjoyable affair, with the Head of Art, Mr Mataya, adding humour and points of interest to each piece of work in his role as auctioneer.
Over 50 artworks were sold, and a fantastic £1,393.00 was raised in total!
Queen's Gate's 'Big Five' Dress Up Raises Funds For Local Charities
Inspired by the Run For Heroes 5km Challenge, Queen's Gate's Senior Head Girls organise a fundraising initiative for the whole School community: The ‘Big Five’ Dress Up Day!
27th May 2020 — Inspired by the Run For Heroes 5km Challenge, Queen's Gate's Senior Head Girls, Luna and Maria, organised a fundraising initiative for local charities which the whole School community could take part in: The ‘Big Five’ Dress Up Day! Pupils, staff and parents could choose from five different outfit themes and donate £5 (or more) to support five different local charities. Some creative outfits were put together from home, from stylish Audrey Hepburn get–ups and beach ensembles to one family's incredibly impressive effort at Star Wars!
We asked Luna to tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the 'Big Five' Dress Up: "We wanted to raise money for local charities which have been hit particularly hard by the virus, as well as boost enthusiasm during everyone’s Remote Learning experience…We are super proud to announce that The Big Five Initiative has raised £865.00 for Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, Royal Trinity Hospice, NHS Charities Together and Kensington & Chelsea Food Bank (The Trussell Trust). We loved seeing everyone’s outfits and thank you again for all your support!"
Queen's Gate Keep In Touch With Their Age UK Friends!
Queen's Gate School pupils keep in touch with their Age UK Kensington and Chelsea friends by sending cards and video messages!
28th April 2020 — Age UK Kensington and Chelsea are a charity based in the same London borough as Queen's Gate School. They work to ensure that older people are supported by providing a wide range of services and activities to help tackle loneliness.
Queen's Gate's partnership with Age UK is long-standing and includes welcoming some of their members every Thursday during term time for lunch and sessions such as music, dance and art.
As their guests are not able to come into School at the moment and many of their home visits from volunteers have also had to stop due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to keep in touch! To stay in contact, a number of pupils have been sending their Age UK friends letters and postcards and a selection of Senior School staff and pupils also recorded a special video message to wish them well.
Queen's Gate were thrilled to hear back from their Age UK representative, who told them that the girls had ‘touched their hearts’ with their messages. Hopefully it will not be too long until they are all reunited!
Queen's Gate Raises A Glass To The NHS And New Term!
On Thursday 16 April at 8pm, Queen's Gate staff, parents and pupils joined together (from afar!) to herald the start of the Summer Term and to express their ongoing gratitude for the remarkable hard work and bravery of NHS and key workers.
20th April 2020 — On Thursday 16 April at 8pm, Queen's Gate staff, parents and pupils joined together (from afar!) to herald the start of the Summer Term and to express their ongoing gratitude for the remarkable hard work and bravery of NHS and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. It was also a pleasure to see former Head Girl, Angelica (OG 2019), getting stuck in with the fun!
In true QG community spirit, they raised a glass and put their hands together and it was great to see so many smiling faces!
Fairy Gardens and Flower Shows: QG Pupils' Green Fingers Thrive For Thrive!
Queen's Gate pupils have been volunteering their time and skills to create magical fairy gardens at Thrive Battersea ready for their summer children’s programme.
15th July 2019 — Queen's Gate's mini horticulturalists have spent the Summer Term with very green fingers! Alongside their weekly Gardening Club activities which included a visit to Chelsea Flower Show to enhance their gardening knowledge, pupils have been taking part in a charity project in partnership with Thrive and Grow For Life. The two charities provide therapeutic gardening opportunities for those with learning difficulties or suffering with mental health difficulties, and the girls have been volunteering their time and skills to create magical fairy gardens at Thrive Battersea ready for their summer children’s programme.
Continuing their hard work outside, pupils hosted the annual Queen’s Gate Flower Show in the Senior School rooftop garden on Thursday 4 July, in aid of the two charities. The show was a colourful success, raising over £200 and it was wonderful to see what they have been cultivating!