Bardwell Primary School, near Bury St Edmunds, holds carnival day to celebrate end of term
With normal academic proceedings blighted by Covid-19 over the past 18 months, one primary school managed to see the end of the year off in style.
Bardwell CE Primary held a community carnival last Friday to celebrate the end of term.
There were flamboyant costumes on display, decorated scooters and bikes, and a fund-raiser was held.
Michelle Boyd, acting deputy head of the school and main organiser of the event, said: “We just had to celebrate our brilliant school and village by bringing some music, laughter and colour to the streets of Bardwell.
“We are delighted by how many people came along to make some noise and are really impressed by all the costumes, which were made by parents and carers.
“At Bardwell School, we pride ourselves in active learning experiences; where our children not only develop academic skills but have opportunities to develop creativity, confidence and collaborative skills.
“This has been an amazing learning experience for our pupils, a great send-off for our Year 6s and a wonderful celebration of our place in the community.”
The day began with a procession around Bardwell, with residents and pupils’ families lining the streets.
In The Croft, in the centre of the village, the procession stopped for a rendition of Oleo, a call and response women’s working song from Ghana.
As part of the day, children also worked in teams to run an enterprise fair, which doubled up as a fund-raiser for the school’s Parent Teacher Association.
Fiona Grant-Chivers, one of the students’ grandmothers, was full of praise for the event.
“What a day,” she said. “So much has gone into this and it has been extraordinary.
"I just heard a local resident say that she was thrilled to be interrupted from her usual morning routine by all the singing and whistles.”
In the weeks leading up to the event last Friday, the school’s curriculum was tailored to match the carnival theme.
Students in Art and Technology lessons made flags and masks, worked on their theatrical and dance skills in Drama and PE, and in Geography, studied cultural celebrations around the world. Pupils also wrote poetry in English lessons.