Castle Hill Academy Castle Hill Academy

A Platanos Trust School

A Tribute to HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

During the Easter holiday, we all learned as a nation the very sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99.

  • The whole school commemorated the extraordinary life of HRH Prince Philip today on our first day back.
  • As a Platanos Trust school, whole school reflection is a feature of our ethos.
  • We held a virtual whole school assembly in the morning. Pupils learned about the extraordinary life and achievements of Prince Philip.
  • Pupils learned about the importance of ambition, service, commitment, British values, as well as other qualities that enable one to achieve success.

National Anthem in reflection and a minute of silence

  • Following the assembly, pupils and staff gathered together in the playground (in their bubbles or socially distanced).
  • We listened to the National Anthem in reflection and observed a minute’s silence to commemorate the life of HRH Prince Philip.
  • Both our pupils and staff appreciated the opportunity to have a moment of reflection as a school community.

We were extremely proud of our pupils. They showed outstanding maturity. 

Attitude Determines Altitude.


“Prince Philip was a remarkable person helping many generations of young people. A role model to all of us.” - CHA staff

“It was sad news. I did like everyone being out on the playground for a minute of silence. It brought us together as a school community.” - Rahil, Year 3

“It’s very sad news but he had an incredible life. I can’t believe he supported over 800 organisations.” - Jashika, Year 4

“It is really sad. He did so much good work for charity. It’s a loss. When I’m older, I want to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and also support charities too. Prince Philip has inspired me.” - Tommy, Year 6

“I heard about the news in the holidays. It is remarkable he reached the age of 99 and achieved so much. I have learned a lot from his life story. I want to help others and inspire others, like he did, when I’m older.” - Jonathan, Year 6