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PARADING through the playground of Mill Rythe Junior School was a pasta maker, a chopstick and a zulu warrior.

It was all part of the Mill Rythe themed campus day which took place on Hayling Island and encouraged children to learn about different cultures in selected countries around the world.

GLOBAL From left, Joseph Stacey, Lillie Blake, Ethan Howard, Erin Hodges at Mill Rythe Infant School. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131866-145)

GLOBAL From left, Joseph Stacey, Lillie Blake, Ethan Howard, Erin Hodges at Mill Rythe Infant School. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131866-145)

Held at Mill Rythe Juniors, it also saw children from the Infants and the Nursery Rhymes pre-school working together.

Everyone dressed up in national costume to represent different countries including Japan, Australia, India, Italy, South Africa, China and Egypt.

The children took part in a procession around the school grounds waving the flag of the country they represented and picking up other groups of pupils along the way.

Year 6 pupil Poppy Bailey, 11, was studying Egypt.

She said: ‘It’s been really fun. It’s been enjoyable because it’s been our last campus day.

‘We got to know different countries from around the world a bit better than we do already. It’s been interesting to study.

‘It’s been fun dressing up and we got to make our own games and share what we have learnt with other year groups.’

Soham Chanda, seven, is in Year 2. He was learning about South Africa.

He said: ‘We were learning a lot about South Africa.

‘We were doing lots of things. My mum made my costume.’

Jenny Lazell is deputy headteacher at Mill Rythe Infant School.

She said: ‘Each year group is focusing on a different country and then sharing their learning.

‘They have been doing research and preparing art activities to do with other children.

‘The buzz in school this morning was incredible amongst staff and pupils.

‘Everyone likes dressing up. It’s learning in a fun way.

‘It’s for us to strengthen our links as a community. The support from parents has just been amazing.

‘It was good that the parents were part of it and they were invited to the parade.’

The children also had a picnic on the school field to mark the occasion.

They then spent the afternoon working together.

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