Bury school embraces Japanese culture and fashion forward take on road safety

Japan Day at St Edmundsbury Primary School'St Edmundsbury Primary School, Grove Road'Deputy head Lyndsey Allsopp who went to Japan in half term so having kimonos, origami, caligraphy, Japanese drumming and eating Japanese food.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150112-215332009
Japan Day at St Edmundsbury Primary School'St Edmundsbury Primary School, Grove Road'Deputy head Lyndsey Allsopp who went to Japan in half term so having kimonos, origami, caligraphy, Japanese drumming and eating Japanese food.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150112-215332009

Pupils at St Edmundsbury Primary School embraced Japanese culture and a fashion forward take on road safety.

Deputy head Lyndsey Allsopp organised a Japan Day after she jetted off to Tokyo and Kyoto with other headteachers to look at the country’s education.

The Junior Road Safety Officers at St Edmundsbury Primary School organised a 'Brightness Day' to encourage children to dress brightly in dull winter days so they can 'be safe, be seen'. ANL-150812-143618001

The Junior Road Safety Officers at St Edmundsbury Primary School organised a 'Brightness Day' to encourage children to dress brightly in dull winter days so they can 'be safe, be seen'. ANL-150812-143618001

The trip was funded by The Japan Foundation and Mrs Allsopp organised various activities to ‘open up the world’ to St Edmundsbury pupils.

They donned kimonos and sandles, made sushi, enjoyed Japanese drumming and created Kokeshi Dolls.

Meanwhile, parent Ryoko Leveritt showed pupils some calligraphy.

The school hopes to start a Japanese club in the new year.

Japan Day at St Edmundsbury Primary School'St Edmundsbury Primary School, Grove Road'Calligraphy Tito Junco-'Deputy head went to Japan in half term so having kimonos, origami, caligraphy, Japanese drumming and eating Japanese food.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150112-215157009

Japan Day at St Edmundsbury Primary School'St Edmundsbury Primary School, Grove Road'Calligraphy Tito Junco-'Deputy head went to Japan in half term so having kimonos, origami, caligraphy, Japanese drumming and eating Japanese food.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150112-215157009

Mrs Allsopp said: “The children absolutely loved it - they still remember the Japanese greetings we did and we’re still using them.”

Meanwhile, the school’s junior road safety officers organised a ‘Brightness Day’ to encourage children to dress brightly in dull winter days so they can ‘be safe, be seen’.

Each child received a hi-vis jacket from Specsavers so they can be safe when walking or cycling over the next few months.

The road safety officers held an assembly to launch the day and a catwalk show to display the bright clothing.

Japan Day at St Edmundsbury Primary School'St Edmundsbury Primary School, Grove Road'Drumming Rhianna Waters, Oluwasimisola Odubela and Reggie Wager'Deputy head went to Japan in half term so having kimonos, origami, caligraphy, Japanese drumming and eating Japanese food.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150112-215321009

Japan Day at St Edmundsbury Primary School'St Edmundsbury Primary School, Grove Road'Drumming Rhianna Waters, Oluwasimisola Odubela and Reggie Wager'Deputy head went to Japan in half term so having kimonos, origami, caligraphy, Japanese drumming and eating Japanese food.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150112-215321009

Prizes were given to the boy and girl in each class with the brightest outfit.

The Junior Road Safety Officers at St Edmundsbury Primary School organised a 'Brightness Day' to encourage children to dress brightly in dull winter days so they can 'be safe, be seen'. ANL-150812-143630001

The Junior Road Safety Officers at St Edmundsbury Primary School organised a 'Brightness Day' to encourage children to dress brightly in dull winter days so they can 'be safe, be seen'. ANL-150812-143630001