Right royal fun for Southsea junior school pupils at Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tea party

A SOUTHSEA school held a right royal celebration today as they marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a tea party.

Thursday, 26th May 2022, 10:26 am

Pupils, parents, teaching staff, cleaners, and dinner ladies at Fernhurst Junior School in Francis Avenue joined together for the event, which featured a picnic, competitions, and dressing-up fun.

A live band played music from the 1950s, the decade that the Queen came to the throne.

Assistant headteacher Sarah Rayner has been at the school for 22 years, and was a pupil there herself.

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Alex 8, Jake 11, Evelyn 8, Katie 11, Bailey 9 having a jubilee picnic at the playground Picture: Habibur Rahman

She said ‘It went really, really well - it was a real memorable occasion for the children.

‘They were all given a commemorative bookmark and there was live music. They haven’t had that experience because of the pandemic and we thought having a live band would be memorable.

‘The children have gone away really high - it was very loud.’

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Sarah Rayner and Lenka Mcdonald with Riley, eight Picture: Habibur Rahman

Although the live music had to be moved inside due to high winds, the children still braved the elements to enjoy a picnic outdoors.

Sarah added: ‘Because it is such a historic occasion, the governors gave me a budget which is how we had the band playing.

‘The children and the parents have been amazing.

‘We have had a cake competition, a portrait of the Queen competition, every child was in red, white, and blue, or dressed as a princess, queen, or soldier.

Isla 8, Edith 8, Antonia 7, Cassiam 8 and Sydney 7 Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘They all had flags to wave.

‘We’ve also raised money by filling up an outline of the Queen’s head with silver coins, and this will be used to buy some commemorative books.’

Fernhurst Juniors Jubilee event - Grace, 10, in the playground Picture: Habibur Rahman