Pupils at schools from all across Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust have been busy celebrating the Coronation. Please read their stories below. An album of images can be viewed at the base of the stories.
St Cuthbert’s, Walbottle.
Creativity fit for a king at school celebration
Pupils at a primary school in Walbottle got creative when it came to celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III. Children at St Cuthbert’s, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education, enjoyed a wide range of themed activities to commemorate the occasion.
Reception class made Coronation cards, stamps, keyrings and a time capsule, while children in Year 1 created a King Charles fact file, and Year 2 devised a ‘recipe for a king’ before making a monarch themselves!
In Year 4, they also produced a fact file, as well as making Union flags, while the pupils in Year 4 painted a picture of the King, and Year 5 created Coronation Day silhouette art and Coronation fact files. The Year 6 pupils worked on a Coronation collage and a report about the King.
Star of the Sea
Royals for the day at Whitley Bay primary school
History came to life at a Whitley Bay primary school, when the children became kings and queens for the day as part of the Coronation celebrations. The pupils at Star of the Sea, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, learnt how to draw the St Edward’s Crown, before designing and creating their own crowns to wear for the occasion.
They also came to school dressed in patriotic red, white and blue, and enjoyed a Coronation school lunch featuring traditional party favourites such as sandwiches, sausage rolls, pizza, jelly and ice cream, cream scones and buns.
Royal picnic for Morpeth pupils
Tradition was the name of the game when children from a primary school in Morpeth celebrated the King’s Coronation in appropriate style. Pupils at St Robert’s, part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, donned red, white and blue for the day, which also saw them enjoy a whole-school Coronation picnic, complete with accompanying ice cream van.
Staff at the school also dressed up for the occasion, while lessons covered the royal family and the significance of the Coronation.
“It is hugely important that this generation of young people celebrate such a significant event in the history of our nation,” commented Headteacher David Sutcliffe.
Creative Coronation celebrations at Gosforth school
Budding artists at a Gosforth primary celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III with a host of creative activities. The pupils in Years 1 to 6 at the aptly named St Charles’, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, made portraits of the king, while the reception children designed, painted and decorated their own royal crowns.
Years 1 and 2 created pointillism portraits of King Charles, using dots and lines, while in Years 3 and 4 they used pencils and water colours, while Years 5 and 6 worked in charcoal. As well as their artwork, the children produced pieces of writing about the monarch, his role and duties, and the importance of the Coronation.
The whole school also took part in a Coronation Quiz and enjoyed a Royal Tea Party.
Time for tea at Bedlington school’s celebration
Primary school children in Bedlington celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III with a quintessentially British tea party, as well as creating a time capsule to commemorate the event. Staff and pupils alike at St Bede’s, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, enjoyed an outdoor Coronation tea party, with the children sporting tops they had decorated for the occasion.
As part of the celebrations, the children also learnt about the royal family, creating posters and booklets about the Coronation, and each contributed a portrait of a working royal for an art gallery. Each class, from Nursery to Year 6, also created a box of memorabilia to put into a time capsule to be buried in the school grounds as a lasting legacy of the children currently at St Bede’s.
“It is important that the children can mark this historic occasion and learn more about the King and the working royals,” said Head Teacher Therese Worrall. “This is their future, so any knowledge they can develop is essential.” She added: “This is always an event that they will remember when they are adults, and so they should feel that they are a big part in the celebration. They should be able to feel pride in being a member of our nation.”
Colourful celebration for Walker school
Everything was all white… and red and blue when children at a primary school in Walker celebrated the King’s Coronation. Pupils at St Alban’s, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, swapped their usual uniform for red, white and blue to mark the occasion, and also enjoyed a Coronation party, complete with picnic.
As part of the celebrations, there was a competition for children to decorate a crown over the course of the week before the event. They were then able to wear their creations on the day, with a prize for best design.
Coronation celebrations at Ashington
Pupils at a primary school in Ashington came dressed for the occasion when they celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III. The children at St Aidan’s swapped their usual uniforms for patriotic red, white and blue for the day, where they enjoyed a special Coronation buffet lunch.
Celebrations at the school, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, also included Mass, where prayers were said for the new monarch. “It’s such a historical event,” said Headteacher Michael Moran. “For anyone in the school, staff included, it’s the first time we’ll ever witness the crowning of a new king or queen. We’re actually going to be part of history, and we’re really emphasising that to the children. It’s still a very abstract concept to them, as they’ve never seen something like this before, and we’re asking them to take it all in, as it’s probably their first ‘I remember what I was doing when…’ moment.”
Our Lady & St Anne’s, Newcastle
Pupils enjoy picnic fit for a King
Newcastle primary school children dressed in red, white and blue for the King’s Coronation. The pupils at Our Lady & St Anne’s, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, enjoyed a host of themed activities during the school’s Coronation celebrations.
The day also included a picnic-style Coronation lunch.
Best of British celebration at Fenham primary
It was the best of British celebrations when children at a primary school in Fenham commemorated the Coronation of King Charles III. The pupils at English Martyrs’, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, enjoyed a traditional British lunch of fish and chips in boxes – as well as an assortment of homemade Coronation biscuits and cupcakes.
There was also a variety of Coronation-themed activities taking place throughout the day, along with a closing whole-school assembly to round off the occasion.
Please click on the album below to view a selection of images from each of the schools above.
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