Dozens of cuddly toys joined their owners on their first day at Ramsgate Arts Primary School.
A teddy bear’s picnic welcomed a group of four year olds into school for the first time before they start life at RAPS for real in September.
Accompanied by parents and family, the children soon got into the party mood enjoying a range of snacks and drinks laid on by friendly staff for the ‘good to meet you’ party.
The youngsters and their furry friends, which ranged from teddy bears and dolls to dinosaurs and a cuddly piglet, had the perfect chance to see the colourful learning spaces that will become their home from home after the summer holidays.
They also explored the outdoor play area which is specially created for use by Reception pupils and includes a range of activities.
Head of School Nick Budge said: “Importantly it was the first opportunity for the children to meet their new classmates and our staff in advance of their September start date.
“Starting school is a big step and it is important that all our new intake feel comfortable, safe and happy in their new surroundings.
“It did not take long for the children to feel at home –they were son chatting, playing together, enjoying the party and exploring our play activities.
“They adapted very quickly to their new surroundings and it was lovely to see so many happy and smiling faces.
“It is important for us that they feel settled and safe as soon as possible.
“Judging from the feedback we received they cannot wait to return when term starts – they can be sure we will give them a big welcome as they begin their educational journey with us.”
Ramsgate Arts Primary School focusses on specialist teaching of arts subjects including dance, music, drama and art, in specially-designed studios, while also delivering a broad primary curriculum.