Ruislip Residents' Association

Bishop Winnington-Ingram School Celebrate HM The Queen's 90th Birthday

Bishop Winnington-Ingram Primary School devoted the week beginning June 6th. to celebrations which culminated in a wonderful Street Party in honour of HM The Queen's ninetieth birthday. The preparations began two months ago and the whole idea was the brain child of the school's History Coordinator, Mrs J Perrett.

The week began with a special assembly on the Monday morning. Children and staff entered the hall as usual but were greeted by the unusual sight of a throne and red carpet. This prompted much excited whispers of: "She's here!" and "She's really come!!" For a moment they might have believed that all their prayers had been answered. During May the children had all written letters to Her Majesty inviting her to attend their celebrations. The royal guests were announced and welcomed by loud applause and cheers from the assembled pupils. HM The Queen (aka Mrs Emma Kimsey HLTA) was presented with flowers by Mrs Gill Westbrook, Head Teacher,and the school's Head Boy and Girl. Her Majesty responded by thanking the pupils and teachers for inviting her and Prince Philip (not the real one) to share in their celebrations. Mrs Audrey Wright, Deputy Head, was permitted to interview the Queen about her life and work. She spoke in some detail about her childhood, education, the war, her work, her ascension to the throne and her own children.(Mrs Kimsey had certainly done her homework!!) The pupils had an absorbing history lesson.

Following the assembly the pupils returned to their classrooms to write an account of the morning's events. Her Majesty,accompanied by Mrs. Perrett, then toured the classrooms and permitted the children to ask her questions.
During the course of the week the pupils spent time making crowns and place mats in preparation for Friday's Street Party.

On Friday,June 10th. the weather played its part in making the Street Party a memorable occasion for pupils, staff, parents and visitors. Yes, the sun actually made an appearance! For the second time in the week the party was graced by the presence of HM The Queen( Mrs Kimsey had a busy schedule!) The playground looked like a residential street during Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee Year. Long tables were set out under awnings decorated with union flags all around the playground. All the children wearing their colourful crowns enjoyed a lunch of pizza followed by jelly and ice cream. Later everyone was given a piece of special birthday cake.

After lunch every group of pupils from Nursery to Year 6 made various presentations of poetry,song,dance and an instrumental recital. Finally a number of certificates were awarded to pupils who had won various art and writing competitions. At the end of the afternoon the children returned to their classrooms and were given a commemorative booklet
The Servant Queen inside which was a special book mark recording the school's celebrations. This was a souvenir from the Governors of the school.

The whole week was a wonderful celebration of our longest serving sovereign's ninetieth birthday and one which will remain long in the memory of all who were involved.

Mrs. Perrett and The Queen (Mrs Kimsey)Pupils Enjoying LunchThe Street Party

Published in Primary on 22 June 2016. Updated on 04 November 2016
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