Sheffield schools get into the Jubilee spirit

The kids from Ridgeway Primary School ready for their jubilee day
The kids from Ridgeway Primary School ready for their jubilee day
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IT’S the biggest party of the year!

Schools across Sheffield have been drenched by a sea of red, white and blue as pupils and staff get into the Jubilee spirit.

Year 7s at City School in Stradbroke took a trip down memory lane with a 1950s style party for a local over-60s club with the Salvation Army.

The celebration was the culmination of a project which has seen youngsters explore the decade of the Coronation with people who were there at the time.

“It’s been a six week exercise which has seen us look at the food, the clothes, the music and the relationships of the period,” said school community learning co-ordinator Sandra Cavill.

“At the party we had lots of 50s food - scones, trifle, Victoria sponges - and pupils wore styles of the time. Our choir sang some of the songs to the older people who were part of the whole thing.

“The students have become really interested in the 1950s - one chap brought in some old money and they were fascinated to see a ten shilling note.”

At Ridgeway Primary a Jubilee party was combined with the school’s annual summer fair - and a bumper £2,600 was raised in the process.

The children enjoyed a picnic on the school field and later different age groups combined for fun learning activities.

Headteacher James Connolly said: “We had games like pin-the-tail-on-the-corgi, a challenge to match the flags of Commonwealth countries, contests to design flags and crowns, and reports on the Queen’s reign.

“Everyone worked really hard to create a day to remember, and all the pupils were asked to dress as kings or queens or come to school in red, white and blue.”

A party at Greystones Pre-School was also a fundraiser, netting over £400 for the charity’s coffers.

Children took part in a fancy dress parade, made crowns, and enjoyed a tea party and barbecue.

“We also invited our new starters and their parents who will be coming here in September,” said assistant manager Nicola Perkins.

“I was nominated to be the target in a game of Splat the Queen, with the children throwing wet sponges. The girls squeezed theirs out but of course the boys made sure theirs were very, very wet!”