Tea for Twelfth at The King’s Academy

(West Palm Beach, FL) – The King’s Academy’s senior class hosted a Victorian Tea Party on March 27th as the culminating project of their Victorian Unit in Mrs. Domenica Giallombardo and Mrs. Cortney Johnston’s English classes.

After studying Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and reading The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, students were assigned mini research projects on various aspects of Victorian culture. As a class, they researched Victorian food and menus, place settings, etiquette in general and in regards to tea, conversation, service, and entertainment.

They put their exhaustive research into practice at a formal tea party with specially invited guests held in the Rosemary Beaumont Library, true to the sensibilities of the era. Senior Justin Wake commented, “It was fun to live out what we learned.”

“This event is such a wonderful picture of what education is at its very best. Not just memorizing things for a moment but learning ideas span a lifetime, that are applicable in so many more places than a formal sitting room, said Senior AP and Honors English Giallombardo. “Putting knowledge into practice is a valuable skill in any arena, and when we get a chance to bring History and Literature to life, we take it! Plus, who doesn’t love a petit four?”

The King’s Academy is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Education. The private Christian school serves approximately 1,500 students from preschool through twelfth grade and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The King’s Academy serves students and their families across Palm Beach County at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach and its satellite preschool campuses in Greenacres, Loxahatchee/Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and Royal Palm Beach. More information about The King’s Academy is available online at http://www.TKA.net.



Angie Lares enacting the Victorian culture (holding tea pot)

Dillon Larson bringing history to life (in top hat)

Spencer Quaye enjoying the sensibilities of the era