Schools celebrate wedding a day early

Published: Thursday 28th April 11

Schoolchildren across Wandsworth have been donning princely robes and crowns and celebrating the Royal Wedding a day early.

Pupils at Putney High mark the Royal occasion With all schools closed tomorrow (Friday), pupils at dozens of local schools have held advance wedding celebrations with special lunches, fancy dress parades and storytelling sessions.

At Tooting's Sellincourt primary school, the children came into school dressed in red, white and blue and enjoyed a special Royal Wedding banquet lunch. Throughout the week, pupils have been studying the Royal Family and the history of the monarchy and next week hope to be visited by one of the guests who will actually be attending tomorrow's wedding at Westminster Abbey.

At Paddock School in Roehampton, which teaches young people with severe learning difficulties, as well as autism and other complex needs, pupils have been celebrating a "Best of British" week, with each class showcasing all the special things that put the Great into Britain, with lessons on the Beatles, great British sporting triumphs and of course the Royal Family.

Today pupils at Paddock's secondary school site were hosting their own fancy dress Royal Wedding complete with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Queen, Prince Harry, page boys and of course the Royal bride and groom.
On the primary school site the children have been studying wedding celebrations from many different faiths and learning how to bake fantastic wedding cakes too.

At Granard primary school in Putney the children enjoyed a special Royal feast, along with homemade wedding cakes and lemonade, followed by a special wedding themed Easter bonnet parade with colourful bonnets made by the children during their Easter holiday.

Meanwhile at Battersea's Chesterton primary school, both children and staff dressed up as princes and princess or in the national colours of red, white and blue.

And at Putney High School for Girls, the pupils enjoyed a traditional British lunch of bangers and mash followed by a street party and lots of treats.

Education spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said: "Schools across the borough have taken the Royal Wedding to heart and had a wonderful day. I'm delighted that so many have arranged their own special celebrations. I would also like to offer a big thanks to our school meals contractor Harrisons for laying on so many tasty treats to mark the occasion."

Dozens of street parties will be staged across Wandsworth tomorrow to mark the day Prince William and Catherine Middleton walk up the aisle.

In total 79 street parties have been arranged, although many more will be held in pubs, restaurants and parks. Wandsworth is hosting the second highest number of street parties in London - and more than the whole of York, Southampton, Oxford, Manchester and Liverpool put together.

With the council having stripped away all the red tape and bureaucracy normally involved in arranging a road closure for a street party, people have been eager to celebrate this historic occasion with friends and neighbours.


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