Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Uttlesford schools and activities
- Credit: Great Dunmow Primary School
Students across the district have been having fun for HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Here are some of their pictures from Saffron Walden, Wimbish, Debden, Thaxted and Great Dunmow.
RA Butler Academy, Saffron Walden
The 'Queen' welcomed children to school at RA Butler Academy, and they practiced their Royal waves and curtsies.
Fun continued in the afternoon starting with the singing of the National Anthem and a picnic tea.
Students were entertained by performances from each year group focusing on a decade with songs and dances including Jailhouse Rock, The Twist and an 80s Mash-up.
Headteacher Mrs Vincent, also known as The Queen, said: “The atmosphere has been absolutely brilliant and the performances have been outstanding. It really has been an incredibly special day."
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Wimbish Primary School celebrated the Platinum Jubilee by opening their new Jubilee Story Garden, providing new equipment and a calm space.
The y celebrated the Platinum Jubilee with an outdoor street party followed by a presentation and singing.
Miss Bartram said: “"The children have watched this project develop over the last term and are excited to be able to explore their new area in the summer term.
"We would like to extend our thanks to the small business, parents and the local community who supported us with the installation.”
STEM Street Party, Saffron Walden
A STEM session (science, technology, engineering, and maths) turned into a Street Party to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
Sixteen children took part, ranging from age two to age eight.
There were self-inflating balloons in red, white and blue, an experiment on Volcanoes, Red, White and Blue hovercrafts, dancing jingle bells and a rocket launch as the grand finale.
Saffron Walden mum Sandra Beale said: "The children enjoyed the session and it carried on for longer than the 60 minutes that I had originally planned."
The Windmill Preschool, Thaxted
A week of celebrations has been held at The Windmill Preschool in Thaxted.
This included a street party, with families and friends joining in, and planting a Jubilee rose to commemorate the event.
Great Dunmow Primary School
Each year group at Great Dunmow Primary School has studied a different decade, representing the time the Queen has reigned.
Each class took part in a Design A Throne competition, and suggested names for two corgi dogs.
The school menu was changed to reflect traditional British food.
On the last day before the holiday, the school had a street party on the playground, where the whole school had a finger buffet and sandwiches provided by Fresh Food For Now Company, with staff serving the children.
There were inflatables on the school field and a guest appearance by the Dunmow Wind Band who played while the pupils enjoyed games 'on the lawn'.
Headteacher Mr Watts said: "It was great to see the pupils have so much fun and celebrate such a historic event.
"The staff and pupils had a week to remember and was part of our creative curriculum, trying to bring learning to life."
St Thomas More School, Saffron Walden
Children at St Thomas More School celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a special street party lunch.
Scones and special cakes were on the menu while the children donned crowns and tiaras.
During the afternoon the pupils took part in art activities to make Jubilee memorabilia.
Dunmow St Mary's Primary School
Dunmow St Mary's Primary School came together in a sea of red, white and blue to attend the "Queen's Coronation".
Miss McCarthy was crowned Queen by the Rev'd Tom Warmington, who played the Archbishop of Canterbury, and everyone sang the National Anthem.
Each year group looked at a decade of the Queen's reign during the week.
All the children then moved to the field to participate in games from each decade - which included skipping, ball, statue and running games.
They had a special English breakfast, followed by Elizabeth sponge at lunch.
They showed off their Jubilee artwork which included the golden coach made from cardboard complete with swans and corgis.
Other year groups had created pop art, portraits and structures made from spaghetti and marshmallows.
The youngest children made a crown and sceptre.
Headteacher Mrs Griffiths said: "Seeing the children's faces watching the coronation, playing games, eating their special lunch and bringing their parents to see the fabulous work reminded me what education and our school is all about.
"It has been the happiest day in school since March 2020."
Debden C of E Primary Academy
At Debden C of E Primary Academy, children dressed up in outfits representing the different decades of HM The Queen's reign.
They shared a Jubilee lunch in the playground, and the parents had an afternoon tea.
Saffron Walden Nursery School
Pin the tail on the Corgi, designing crowns and having fun with red, white and blue sensory rice were some of the activities at Saffron Walden Nursery School for a Jubilee-themed afternoon.
The gardens of the nursery, on Shire Hill Industrial Estate, were decorated in bunting and London-themed cardboard vehicles.
It was the first time parents have come into the nursery for an event since the pandemic.
They raised over £100 in donations for the nursery, which is a registered charity, to purchase new play equipment.