THE Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was celebrated in style by two Chard schools affiliated with The Redstart Learning Partnership.

Buckland St Mary CofE Primary School and The Redstart Primary School, before the half-term break arranged a celebratory day with a red, white, and blue theme before the half-term break. 

Children and staff were invited to wear clothes in the Union Jack colours for the day and a host of activities were arranged to include picnics, games, arts and crafts (including crown making), assemblies, singing, dancing and so much more. 

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In total, approximately 1500 primary school children across the trust and their families enjoyed the celebrations.

The day was a fabulous success and a great start to the national Jubilee celebrations.

As part of the commemorations, The Redstart Learning Partnership also arranged an all-school Arts competition to create Jubilee-themed artwork. 

The judging panel included Suzanne Flack (CEO of The Redstart Learning Partnership), Sue Lennox (a talented local artist who has created many amazing murals across the Trust schools), and Ethne Staniland (Trust Curriculum Lead for Art).

The competition entries were exceptional and the judges had a very difficult task to choose the winners. 

Prizes were awarded for each year group (from Reception to year 6), and the winning entries will have their work displayed at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton to coincide with the TRLP’s Performing art festival.

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A spokesperson for The Redstart Learning Partnership said: “There was such a wonderful vibe and a sense of excitement at our schools during our ‘Red, white and Blue’ day. 

“We were delighted by the involvement of our schools, pupils, parents/carers, and staff in making the day so memorable.

“We were also so delighted and immensely proud seeing the outstanding talent our pupils showed with their entries for the Jubilee art competition. 

“We can’t wait to see the finalist’s artwork displayed at the Brewhouse Theatre, congratulations to all our entrants and to the winners.”

Ethne Staniland, TRLP Curriculum Lead for Art said:

“It was wonderful to see the talent we have across all of our schools.  

“First, second and third awards were given for each year group from Reception to Year 6 as they stood out and were a great interpretation of the Jubilee theme.

“They were vibrant and showed creativity, individuality, and innovative use of colour and texture.

“Certificates will be presented to schools this week and the winning entries will be displayed in the foyer gallery in the Brewhouse theatre on the Trust Performing Arts day – Wednesday, June 8. A big well done to all involved.”