As summer vacation draws to a close, Prince George is preparing to start kindergarten. This academic year will be a little different for the five-year-old, with his schedule now including a number of extra subjects alongside the reading, writing, and basic math lessons he learned in preparation.
Alongside his fellow pupils at St. Thomas’s Battersea — a $23,000-per-year private school located four miles from the family's Kensington Palace home — Prince George will take on new subjects such as history and geography, and activities like swimming and ballet classes.
The weekly 35-minute ballet class accompanied by a live pianist is designed to “develop students physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality, using a range of sounds and musical styles,” the school’s website explained. In addition to the compulsory schedule of classes, the young royal will also have the opportunity to sign up for choir, learn a musical instrument, or take a drama class.
“Children in [kindergarten] become increasingly independent and confident, and begin to relish the opportunity to tackle new challenges presented to them across the broad curriculum,” the head of lower school, Helen Haslem, wrote on the school's website.
Much like last year, when it comes to school lunches, Prince George will be spoiled with choices. There’s no packed-lunch making for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; as George’s school offers a seasonal menu designed by a dietician that changes weekly. With gluten-free and vegan options at every meal time, dishes include lamb and apricot tagine, spinach and ricotta tortellini, and beef meatballs in an Italian sauce.
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