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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Crafty kids love being part of the celebrations

OUR Lady of the Rosary does not do things by half. Not content with just baking cakes to tempt the community, the eggs used in the ingredients are the school’s own, laid on the premises by the resident hens.

“Each class is making cakes, starting with reception class, and they will be very yellowy orange cakes because they’re free range eggs,” said assistant head, Liz Crellin.

The hens have also been the inspiration for year five’s jewel-encrusted egg cosies.

Sarah Peel, who has been helping the schools with their jubilee crafts, said: “Mrs Crellin chose the theme of egg cosies because they looked quite fun and fitted in with the newly acquired chickens. Then the children had the opportunity to start making design decisions as to what colours they wanted.”

From behind the sewing machine 10-year-old Leo explained: “We’ve been making the bunting for when we have a jubilee party. We’re celebrating this because the Queen has had 60 years on the throne.”

Sarah added: “I’ve been working with all the primary schools in Dalton. I think it’s really important for children to experience crafting and sewing and I think they’ve really enjoyed it.”

Pupils at George Romney Junior School, also enjoyed a craft session with Sarah, designing bunting for their jubilee party, next week.

Year five teacher, Alison Zguiti explains: “Sarah came into school to help years five and six make bunting. They really enjoyed it, and are planning to teach the younger years themselves, so every child in the school will have made a piece.

“Next week we are holding a jubilee party and all the children will be wearing red, white and blue, and hanging their bunting around the school hall.”

Inspired by Dalton Parish Council’s Intergenerational initiative, year five pupils have also been asking elderly members of the community about their memories of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

Alison said: “My class interviewed a number of people in the community asking them about what they remember about the coronation and how Britain has changed since 1953. They then created newspaper articles and wrote up the interviews as if they were interviewing them at the time of the coronation. We were looking to celebrate the jubilee in more detail and thought these articles would be a great way to get the children to relate to the older generation.”

During lesson time pupils were also tasked with imagining what the Queen would write for her jubilee speech.

Alison finished: “The children’s attempts at writing a speech were excellent.

“The jubilee is a big occasion in the country and it is easy to feel a bit out of it in Dalton. But by getting the children involved in the celebrations we hoped to help them see that they are part of a bigger picture.”

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