October. 2018: Montessori St Nicholas Opening St John’s Wood Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. How this came about is a bit of a coincidence. As media crew for Rashid Al Khalifa The Artist, we followed along at his request, not actually knowing what it was all about. At the time of this report, Sheikh Rashid had just opened his large, logistically complex Penumbra exhibition at the famous Saatchi Gallery in up market West London.
Among the invited guests, literally hundreds of general visitors to the gallery crowded in. Two weeks into the exhibition and daily the crowds keep coming and not a bad critique so far. But we digress………
Art aficionados were plentiful and notably a number of royals attended. Spotted mingling was Princess Tessy De Nassau of Luxembourg and Princess Noal Zaher Shah of Afghanistan and Egypt. During conversations Sh. Rashid was asked if he would like to attend the opening of said Montessori St. Nicholas Charity School. Being the absolute gentleman that he is, he agreed and the rest is history.
So there it is, another Montessori school in the offing in leafy St. John’s Wood, North West London. Judging by the enthusiasm expounded by the management and teachers during the opening ceremony, there is a great deal of historic excitement about the actual location and the very house the school has taken up residence in. Saying that, most of the Montessori pupils are distance learning or as it is now called; ‘eLearning’.