Mad as hatters

Greatham Primary School pupils enjoying the Mad Hatters tea party.
Greatham Primary School pupils enjoying the Mad Hatters tea party.

CRAFTY youngsters were in wonderland thanks to an end-of-year school party with a twist.

Children at Greatham Primary School created their own pieces of colourful headwear for the Alice in Wonderland-style Mad Hatters Tea Party which they helped organise.

There was a whole host of different creations on show including a number of hats of all different shapes, colours and sizes.

It came about because the Year 1 and Year 2 pupils had just finished working on a topic based around party planning and the event was held to celebrate their efforts.

There was a host of games and prizes plus cakes and sandwiches for children to tuck into.

School staff say it was a huge success and Michael Piper, Greatham Primary School’s deputy headteacher even dressed up as the Mad Hatter.

Other staff members included Annette Warren dressed as Alice, Tara Sotheran as the Queen of Hearts and Dawn Corner as a Teapot.

The tea party was held to mark the end of the school year before the youngsters broke up for their summer holidays.

Staff at the Egerton Terrace school in the village of Greatham on the outskirts of Hartlepool, also got into the spirit of the event.

Donning their own impressive Alice in Wonderland-inspired costumes for the end of year party held on the school field.

Mr Piper said: “This was the first time we have held something like this and it was a big success.

“Both the staff and the children really got into the spirit of the event and the costumes and hats were fantastic.

“The topic was based around party planning and the children used Alice in Wonderland as a story for their work.

“The children also thought of some games to play based around the theme and they made up their own rules to go with it.

“We also had cakes and sandwiches and the children really enjoyed themselves.

“It was a nice way to end the school year.”

The tea cups and sauces for the party were provided by Whistle Stop Bunting.