Riverley Primary’s continued partnership with Royal Over-Seas League



The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding throughout the Commonwealth and beyond and prides itself on the good it can do for ‘humanity at large’, one of its founding principles.

Earlier this year the Griffin School’s Trust started a relationship with ROSL and Riverley Primary, one of our East London Schools.  In March children at Riverley held a fundraising day which raised over £700 to buy new instruments to send to the new music centre ROSL is part-funding in Naivasha.

In July, ROSL welcomed 25 children from Riverley Primary School in Leyton to participate in a workshop with Kabantu, winners of the Mixed Ensembles prize in the 2017 ROSL Annual Music Competition.

The Princess Alexandra Hall was filled with the sounds of Scottish, European, and African folk music, alongside foot stamping, clapping, singing, percussion, and stringed instruments. The workshop marks another step on the road to twinning the school with St Andrew’s Tarabete School in Naivasha, Kenya, where the ROSL Golden Jubilee Trust has partly funded the building of a new music centre, in memory of former ROSL Chairman Simon Ward.

The workshop and resulting performances were professionally filmed and form a video for the London children to introduce themselves to their Kenyan counterparts. Watch how the day unfolded below.