Students at St Margaret’s School in Bushey have enjoyed a special day of celebrations in the lead up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, as they prepare for the half-term holidays. The off-timetable event saw the whole school take part in a raft of fun activities in honour of the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The staff and children kicked off the day with a whole-school, musical-themed assembly and every year group learned more about the history of the Queen. As well as a specially themed ‘street tea party’, with bunting, flags, afternoon tea and cakes, the children enjoyed a traditional charity fair and carousel, with themed games such as ‘Pin the Tail on the Corgi’ and ‘Roll the Penny’. The children also created their own celebration cards to send to the Queen, and Year 3 took part in devising and setting up a Jewel in the Crown treasure hunt.
Every student also designed their own crown or hat to wear to the street party as well as during a special Jubilee parade. This was all topped off with a fantastic ‘Through the Ages’ fashion show, celebrating the last 70 years looking at school uniform through the ages.
Julie Chatkiewicz, vice principal at St Margaret’s School, commented, “All involved had a memorable day. As a school we have not been able to host anything on that scale for a long time, so it was wonderful to see the whole community coming together again.”
Other activities throughout the day included jewel making crafts, a Platinum Jubilee quiz, a luncheon of gourmet burgers and flag-making workshops. Every child was also presented with a commemorative pin to take home.
Eliora, a pupil in Year 8, said, “It was so nice to bond with the younger year groups during this special event as we haven’t had much chance over the last few years.” While Simran, Year 5, said, “It’s exciting to be sharing this event with Her Majesty and I hope she likes our cards.”