All 405 pupils at Marlborough St Mary’s Primary School ended the term with a special Platinum Jubilee street party in the playground followed by a song and dance extravaganza representing each decade of the Queen’s reign. There were flags, scones, jam and cream, strawberries, sausage rolls, jam tarts and finger sandwiches together with plenty of union jack themed clothes, hair and fashions from the different decades.
Year 6 teacher and chief organiser, Gemma Harris, said, “We wanted to give the pupils a special day in school – something that will stay in their memories. And we wanted to follow the tradition of street parties that have always marked royal events. Thank you to everyone involved and especially to Michelle and her team in the kitchen for making it happen.”
The catering team prepared 1200 sausage rolls and made hundreds of sandwiches from 40 loaves of bread. There wasn’t a lot left.
Dan Crossman, Headteacher, told Marlborough.news, “I’m really proud that we managed to put on a whole school street party and dance festival and music extravaganza celebrating the decades. And after Covid isn’t it just wonderful to be doing these things again. The song and dance routines will be filmed and shared with parents on our blog.”
Kate Hughes, Co-Chair of Governors with Dawn Steele, said, “It’s fabulous to be here and to enjoy such a wonderful occasion with all the children altogether after such a long time. This morning we were lucky enough to join in with the special Platinum Jubilee assembly celebrating the different decades as an introduction to the day.”
Here are the songs performed by each year group:
Year 6 – 1950s – Elvis – Jailhouse rock Year 5 – 1960s – The Beatles – Twist and Shout
Year 4 – 1970s – The Beegees – Night Fever Year 3 – 1980s – Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Oak – 1980s – Black Lace – Agadoo Year 2 – 1990s – Take That – Never Forget
Year 1 – 2000s – Junior Senior – Move Your Feet Year R – Olly Murrs – Dance with me tonight
The afternoon finished with a singing of the National Anthem. The celebrations continue this evening with a whole school disco in the school hall. After that the teachers and support staff will enjoy a well-earned holiday.