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Photo gallery: Wokingham schools flying the flag for JubileeBy Laura Herbert & Jon Nurse
June 08, 2012
From writing letters to the Queen to making their own crowns and bunting, schoolchildren across the borough have enjoyed special parties to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
Pupils at Emmbrook Infant School re-enacted the Queen’s coronation and made their own crowns, placemats and bunting.
Teacher Jenny Wright said: “A jubilant celebration was had by everyone. The whole school sang, with great enthusiasm, God Save The Queen and every child went home with a special souvenir coin and some special memories.”
In Shinfield, St Mary’s Junior School and Shinfield Infant School joined together for a huge celebration.
They were joined by Wokingham borough mayor Councillor Bob Wyatt who was delighted to visit the school and impressed with the amount of effort the children had put into their royal headgear.
He said: “The jubilee is important for children because it gives them something to look up to and forward to, not only all the things that are taking part over this weekend, but also knowing that there is somebody in authority that is the monarch.”
Each child was given a slice of cake and presented with a commemorative bookmark and fridge magnet from Shinfield Parish Council.
Pupils at Keep Hatch Primary School in Ashridge Road enjoyed a picnic on Thursday, followed by an open air concert featuring Maypole and country dancing.
The concert finished with the National Anthem and a toast to the Queen.
Celebrations continued at All Saints School in Norreys Avenue where the whole school made crowns, placemats, jubilee cookies, creamy cakes and played pinned the tail on the corgi.
Headteacher Tina Norman said: “At the end of the day each child was presented with a very special commemorative coin and we hope that in 60 years time they will look back and remember the time they celebrated with our school and community the fantastic reign of our Queen.”
Parents and children were united in a sing-a-long at Waverley Nursery before enjoying homemade cakes and party food on Thursday.
A royal bonanza was had at the Dolphin School in Hurst as children and staff enjoyed a lunchtime street party on Friday, May 25.
Pupils from Polehampton Infant, Polehampton Junior and Colleton School received Diamond Jubilee mugs with a new Twyford logo.
Twyford Parish Council ordered 1,000 mugs, with 650 given to schoolchildren and the remaining on sale at last weekend’s Donkey Derby.
The mug’s image, which will feature on the village’s new sign, was designed by local artist Sally Castle.
Council chairman Roy Mantel and Councillor Sue Witton presented the mugs to Polehampton Infant School in Hermitage Drive on Wednesday.
Cllr Witton said: “Polehampton’s head of juniors Penny Litson had her mug from 2002’s Golden Jubilee, while one lady had her Twyford celebratory mug from the silver jubilee in 1977.”
Pupils at Polehampton Infant School made their own bunting to decorate St Mary’s Church, which joined the official nationwide beacon of light chain on Monday.
Headmistress Becca Perkins said: “All of our 180 children have made a pendant for the project that was hung in the church.”
Key Stage Three pupils at The Emmbrook School created jubilee banners to be displayed in the town centre. The banners were based around the crown jewels and were displayed in Peach Street.
Finchampstead CE Primary School dressed up ad Kings and Queens for the day and enjoyed a big lunch as well as creating a collage to make a Union Jack flag.
Pupils at Highwood Primary School in Woodley stepped back in time to hold a 1952 style street party with fancy dress, a balloons release and a picnic.
Children at Gorse Ride Infant and Nursery School took part in Maypole and country dancing as part of a jubilee themed summer fair on Friday with a 1950s style band playing.
At Colleton School in Twyford pupils received Diamond Jubilee mugs and planted an oak tree.
Princes and princesses joined a party at the Happitots Nursery in Winnersh on Friday.
Children feasted on a jubilee banquet and made crowns as they played in the nursery garden.
Manager Gemma Lee said: “We’ve all had lots of fun. People have dressed up and it shows that everyone has made a real effort to make this happen.”
The fun continued at Hazebrouck Nursery in Arborfield where 50 children and 25 parents enjoyed a picnic before going home with an English themed party bag on Friday.
Maria Harrington, acting nursery manager said: “It was fantastic, we had a great time. We had lots of happy children eating lots of lovely picnic food, and the sun came out which was even better.”
Royalty came to Meadow Nursery, as children dressed up as kings and queens to mark the jubilee.
Staff and 70 children at the nursery in Murray Road enjoyed a celebratory picnic along with games and activities on Wednesday, May 30.
Tricia Beckett, a member of the nursery’s parent association, said: “The whole nursery has been making bunting in red, white and blue and painting pictures of the Queen, which were lovely.”
More than 40 children at The Coombes School enjoyed a special jubilee-themed party organised by the after school club on Tuesday, May 29.
Lorna Horrill, after school club supervisor, said: “It went really well, the children loved it. They wrote a letter to the Queen last week inviting her to the party and they got a letter back saying she apologises for not making it, which was really sweet. They have all been sat looking at the letter so we are going to frame it.”