Gosport schools hold street parties for Queen's birthday

WAVING flags and singing the national anthem, schoolchildren marked the Queen's 90th birthday with street parties.

Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 6:10 am
Madi Irvine-Stevenson, 10, Billy Seal, 10, Tiana Muchemwa, nine, , Harry Wyatt, 10, Jake Smith, 10, Declan Mulholland, 10, and Keeley Reynolds-Donnelly, 10, at Holbrook Primary School. Picture: Sarah Standing (160736-67)

Two primary schools in Gosport honoured the Queen’s landmark birthday by dressing in red, white and blue and eating lunch on plates and tables decorated with the union flag.

Bedenham Primary School and Holbrook Primary School have also spent the last two weeks learning about the royal family and British values.

Leleana Giddings, a Year 4 pupil at Bedenham Primary, off Bridgemary Avenue, said: ‘The street party was very good because there was lots of food and it was nice to sing songs.

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Truly Gander, eight, Briony Long, four, Evie Rose, eight, and Emily Taylor,. six, from Bedenham Primary School Picture: Sarah Standing (160736-113)

‘I have liked learning about what it means to be British and the facts for the Queen.

‘I enjoyed learning about the Queen most. I know now lots of details about her.’

Ten-year-old Kieran Hillier also liked learning about the Queen.

He added: ‘I learnt she is the longest-reigning monarch. It has been fun having a street party for her birthday.’

The children at Holbrook Primary School Picture: Sarah Standing (160736-58)

Headteacher Caroline Wood said the school is patriotic and encourages British values.

‘The Queen’s birthday was a great opportunity for us to learn about her and what it is to be British,’ she said.

‘This is the second week of Arts Week and the children have been making British objects from clay, making paper crowns and we also taught them the national anthem.’

Holbrook Primary School, of Wych Lane, has taken part in similar activities.

Truly Gander, eight, Briony Long, four, Evie Rose, eight, and Emily Taylor,. six, from Bedenham Primary School Picture: Sarah Standing (160736-113)

For their street party, held yesterday, they had music from different decades playing as well as union flags for the children to wave.

Year 5 pupil Jake Smith, 10, said: ‘The street party was amazing. It was a good way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

‘We have done lots of research on her and the royal family. We also made a presentation which was good.’

Fellow Holbrook pupil nine-year-old Tia Holt added: ‘The day was amazing.

The children at Holbrook Primary School Picture: Sarah Standing (160736-58)

‘It was lots of fun. It was nice to gather together at the long tables for lunch.’

Headteacher Zoe Dudley said the children enjoyed the street party and doing the different activities about the royal family.