Chicks, eggs and bunnies feature in Newington primary Easter bonnet parades

Hats amazing

With Easter just a few weeks’ away children have made a head start for festivities with their colourful hats at Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate.

Easter bonnet parades have been held in all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 with a huge variety of stylish, creative and outlandish home-made head wear.

They ranged from traditional chicks, eggs and bunnies to a pirate galleon and a graceful tree with spreading branches,

As part of the Easter celebration the school reception area was decked out in colourful displays, while pupils’ Easter gardens were on show around the school.

They created their own mini Easter landscapes including farmyard scenes, beautiful flowers in meadows, carrots in vegetable patches with cheeky bunnies hoping for a quick snack, to more sombre and thoughtful religious depictions of crosses on a hill.

Teacher Hannah Pullman co-ordinated the Easter celebrations across the school. She said: “Our children have really been bringing Easter alive with their creative input. It is lovely to see them thinking outside the box when making their creations.

“There has been a real variety this year; from those reflecting traditional Easter bonnets to those that include their favourite films. It is wonderful to see the children parade with such pride and enjoyment.

“They have also been learning about the Easter story and Easter traditions during assembly and RE lessons.”

Prizes for the best hats and gardens were awarded at a special ‘singing assembly’ during the week.

Head Teacher Cliff Stokes said: “There were some real cracking Easter hats and gardens on show this year. I am always amazed at the large range of styles and designs from simple and evocative to complicated and colourful.

“In all of our end of term fun we never lose sight of the significance of this time of year around the world and our pupils consider all aspects of Christianity and what the festival means to different people and how they commemorate and celebrate it.”