Pupils say ta-tardis to school

Matthew Wilkinson as Doctor Who (centre, seated) with Rhys Swan as The Scientist, soldiers Molly Shillaw-Robinson, Ben Smith, Georgia Peel, Lauren Graham, Ryan Morson, Kieran Frank and Sam Ruecroft and inside the red dalek is Kane Devine, with Bethany Wyvil playing the white Dalek.

Matthew Wilkinson as Doctor Who (centre, seated) with Rhys Swan as The Scientist, soldiers Molly Shillaw-Robinson, Ben Smith, Georgia Peel, Lauren Graham, Ryan Morson, Kieran Frank and Sam Ruecroft and inside the red dalek is Kane Devine, with Bethany Wyvil playing the white Dalek.

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DALEKS and cybermen were among the characters who turned up to an out-of-this-world school-leavers ceremony.

Dene House Primary School, in Peterlee, held the intergalatic event to mark the progression of Year 6 pupils to secondary school.

The majority of the youngsters will be moving to Dene Community School of Technology, where their Doctor Who-themed leaving concert was held.

The 48 children took part in the Doctor Who event as the TV show’s time-travelling aspect mirrors the significance of looking back over the youngsters’ past and forward to their future.

Eleven-year-old Matthew Wilkinson, who won a prize for his progress, played Doctor Who and Kane Devine and Bethany Wyvill played two daleks.

Chloe Foster and Jordyn Travis were weeping angels, Rhys Swan was The Scientist and seven pupils, Molly Shillaw-Robinson, Ben Smith, Kieran Frank, Georgia Peel, Ryan Morson, Lauren Graham, and Sam Ruecroft played members of an Army team which works with the Doctor.

Lauren Graham won the most-improved pupil trophy.

School behaviour assistant Damian Woods said: “It was really good, we did three shows - one for the school, one for the Year 7s at the secondary school and one for parents.

“During the parents’ show we had a presentation made for the kids and every member of staff wrote a good luck message, which was a surprise to them.”

Mr Woods said Doctor Who producer and writer Stephen Moffatt sent the youngsters a Doctor Who poster with a good luck message after Mr Woods wrote to him for permission to stage the production to avoid copyright problems.

The event featured singing, dancing, magic tricks and gymnastics and was watched by about 60 proud parents and Peterlee Mayor, Councillor John Hardy.

The Tardis and dalek robots were made by Eddie Cook, father of school teaching assistant Adam Slater-Cook, who did the special effects.

The event followed previous leaver assemblies which had Grease and Mamma Mia themes.