And then the fun began! Pupils were placed in mixed age groups attached to a staff member who accompanied the groups during the course of the day to all activities. The aim was to give boys and girls across year groups and Key Stages a chance to mingle and have fun together. There were so many lovely moments witnessed by staff throughout the course of the day, outlining the friendship and care shown by older pupils to younger ones. Morning break was a ‘whole school’ affair, with us all gathering on the South Lawn to share snacks and stories of the first two activities. Mr Fountain deserves a very special mention because the entire day was a culinary challenge that he ably met, providing lunches for mixed groups, as well as helping towards the PTAFA’s arrangements.
And as to the activities themselves...Mrs Cruickshank, assisted by Miss Cruickshank, demonstrated a variety of dances including the Hulichan Roundabout, Elsden Circle Dance and Flying Scotsman. Skills such as how to promenade, single cast, double cast and thread the needle were also tried and caused much hilarity! The most delightful aspect of the dancing was the way in which every child in the school participated and danced with each other with such enthusiasm.
Mrs Bull and Mrs Eyles report that in the ‘jubilee cake icing room’ children iced cup cakes and shortbread biscuits in their own jubilee designs, further embellishing their sweet stuff with red, blue and white sprinkles or silver shimmer. The finished masterpieces were then placed in cellophane bags and tied with a jubilee ribbon... all in all a tasty bit of work!
Mrs Ward and Mrs Shakeshaft led an activity involving the creation of a mosaic of the Queen and the year 2012. The older children loved helping the younger ones. The finished masterpiece is proudly on display in Sunnylands Hall so remember to have a look at it during Founders Day.
Square bashing, led by Mr Holmes and Mrs Marshall, was a big favourite with so many children, who seemed to relish the opportunity of marching and responding to orders. :)
Meanwhile, the music room was transformed into a ‘pretend studio’ with each group not only learning the words and tune to Sing, but also then producing the song in an individual way. A couple of groups introduced harmony, some included instrumental accompaniment, but the one thing that all had in common was that they sang it with a real ‘groove’ and, in my opinion, out-Barlowed Gary himself!
PTAFA DIAMOND JUBILEE TEA
A selection of photographs can be found on the Gallery Page
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