Preparations for the royal wedding celebrations at Toothill’s Oliver Tomkins Primary School have been all-a-frenzy since early April.
Headteacher Rhian Cockwell, above, said she wanted children to have the sense of community she experienced at the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1976. “I vividly remember the street party when I was at primary school at Caerleon in South Wales and the fact that the headteacher made a huge impression by walking the streets to visit every party.
“Nowadays, with the changes in our society and all the limitations placed on organising public events, our children won’t have that shared memory, so we decided to throw ourselves into having a traditional event in a street setting.”
Deputy headteacher Kate Rowe, in charge of party preparations, said, “all 380 children will be sitting down at tables in the car park to enjoy the tea on 28 April. They’ll be helping to create table decorations and their own costumes before the day and will take part in games before tea. The mayor of Swindon will be joining us as well.”
To help reception and foundation stage children understand the big day, nearly 100 children walked up to St Mary’s Church, the ancient church in Lydiard Park, on 5 April to take part in a ‘wedding ceremony’ involving Cinderella and Prince Charming conducted by Rev Clive Deverell.
Children dressed as characters from Walt Disney’s Cinderella. Alsesha Rowse played Prince Charming with Tiana Grace as Cinderella. Staff members were ugly sisters for the grand occasion and headteacher Rhian Cockwell as the Fairy Godmother.
Right, the grand occasion at St Mary’s