Mural chronicles reign of Queen

Ixworth Middle School sent the day looking at the last 60 years through a variety of different events ''Pictured; Pupils with some of their plate designs
Ixworth Middle School sent the day looking at the last 60 years through a variety of different events ''Pictured; Pupils with some of their plate designs
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THE rich tapestry of history during the Queen’s reign has been chronicled in a vibrant school mural.

Pupils at Ixworth Middle worked across year groups to produce collages of pictures, words and even poetry for the giant timeline of national, local, cultural and sporting events from 1952 to 2012.

The activity formed part of their Jubilee celebrations last Tuesday when they also decorated commemorative plates for a competition.

For lunch, children enjoyed an indoor street party with a 1950s-style menu.

Assistant head Peter Lambillion-Jameson said: “The mural is fantastic. It was brilliant to see the children working together and co-operate across year groups.”

n TOWN planning was the hot topic at St Edmundsbury Primary when pupils weighed in on whether there should be another food store built in Bury.

Focusing on the proposed Tayfen development in the borough council’s Vision 2031 document, Year 4 children researched the growing population and number of food stores in the town.

They showcased their research in a shared assembly to parents, who were also asked for their views.

The pupils then wrote to planning officer David Brown with their views and each received a reply.

Lyndsey Allsopp, key stage two co-ordinator, said: “The majority thought there shouldn’t be another food store and the site should be used for other purposes. One of the most popular was a skatepark for local children.

“They loved the fact that the learning was based on their opinions and they liked writing the letters.”

n SALUT and bonjour were the greetings of choice for pupils at Hardwick Primary when they kicked off a French Day.

They donned Francais-themed outfits, sang songs, enjoyed language activities, stories and games. Children also tucked into a French lunch.

n CHILDREN from five schools descended on Great Barton Primary for a morning of Olympic-themed multi-sport activities.

The event, which was organised by the School Sports Partnership for the Thurston area, also included a visit by Paralympian Brian Alldis.

A spokesman said: “He gave an inspirational talk to the children of Great Barton school who were overwhelmed by his dedication and hard work to his sport. ”

n MORE than 70 pupils at Westley Middle were crowned Suffolk sports champions after triumphing in a series of competitions organised by the Suffolk Sports Association.

The children, from all four year groups, have claimed five Suffolk titles and four West Suffolk titles.

Wyn Jones, head of PE, said: “The pupils have been a pleasure to teach and it’s nice to see their hard work paying off. I’m looking forward to the athletics, cricket and tennis results during the rest of the term.”

n TALENTED creative pupils at County Upper School, in Bury, have won places at prestigious art schools.

Year 12 student John Young is one of only 30 nationally to be accepted into the National Youth Jazz Collective’s Summer School.

Meanwhile, Katie Thomas, in Year 13, has got into the Laine Theatre Arts college to study musical theatre.

n BARNINGHAM Primary’s breakfast club was due to hold a Jubilee street party in the playground yesterday.