Downham pupils party in Royal style
After missing out on so much fun during lockdown, staff and pupils at Downham Preparatory School were in party mood.
They decided that a Royal milestone was a good reason to celebrate and to get together again after so long and on Friday held a street party to mark The Queen’s 95th birthday.
They turned up wearing red, white and blue clothes for an outdoor lunch on trestle tables in the school grounds and to play games within their covid social bubbles.
There were flags to wave. bunting was hung out and everyone made a paper crown to wear for the occasion.
The kitchen staff prepared individual party goodies for the meal and there were cold drinks and choc ices. This was followed by traditional party games.
Around 100 children, aged from two to 12 years, took part.
There will be plenty more events for the children to celebrate in future.
Other school plans include trips out to historical sites, a sponsored charity walk, animals visitors to the school, talks and the annual school show again which this time is Oliver.
School principal, Elizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe, said: “They were so excited about the party. All of the events have had to be modified to comply with Covid regulations. However, we believe it is worth the extra effort. The children have had a very difficult year. We did a survey with them to find out how they had been affected by the pandemic and what they were looking forward to. The results of the survey were very clear. They missed their friends, coming to school, going out on visits, parties and having fun together.
“We believe it is really important for the children to get back into a routine and enjoy all the things that they have missed. When children are happy and excited to come to school, not only is it beneficial for their well-being, they are motivated and engaged and they learn a lot more.”