Pupils and staff celebrated the Official 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II with a fabulous day packed full ofUnion Jack cakes, an inflatable obstacle course, brass band music, baton twirling, a British T shirt competition and of course singing ‘Happy Birthday’, twice!

The entire School was awash with patriotic red, white and blue as everyone came to School dressed in very British
T shirts designed bytwoof the pupils, which were thewinning designs from a competitioneveryone took part in earlier
the term.

The morning started with a service in the School Chapel
singing hymns and reflecting on the Queen’s long and
successful service and of course finished with everyone
singing the National Anthem.Pupils and staff thengatheredonthe cricket pitch for a whole School photograph in theshape of a 90; using the ‘cherry picker’ to ensure a greataerial shot. The day continued with brass band music, baton twirling and bacon butties at break time, followed by a thoroughly British lunch. The School Dining Hall was transformed into a festive street party decorated from top to bottom with bunting, flags and all things British. Pupils could choose from a wide selection of British favourites: fish and chips, toad in the hole and vegetable hot pot, followed by rhubarb crumble, Eton Mess or treacle sponge and custard.

In the afternoon the children were divided into nine teams, each group took a decade of theQueen’s life and looked at the significant events for both ‘Queen and Country’. Everyonethen gathered in the Centenary Hall for a fun and educational ‘Queen’s Review’ where theypresented their decade as a short sketch or presentation. The 60s was a great decade asEngland won the World Cup, there was an appearance from the Beatles and Prince Edwardwas born.

The day ended with traditional afternoon tea for parents, pupils and staff and pupils could
take the ‘90 second challenge’ on an inflatable obstacle course.

Louise Hunt, Year 5 Teacher, who managed the day’s activities said; “We wanted to create a truly memorable day for each and every child. Whilst giving them a sense of what an achievement it is to have a monarch on the throne for 90 years. Giving pupils an insight into the decades in which the Queen has lived, puts our lives very much into perspective, especially with regards to the huge leaps of progress her reign has witnessed.”

As a memento of this very special day every family received a book entitled ‘The Servant Queen’ produced by the Bible Society.