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Pupils parade through their community to mark school’s 20th birthday

Pupils and staff from Easington Colliery Primary School parade around the streets to celebrate the school's 20th anniversary.
Pupils and staff from Easington Colliery Primary School parade around the streets to celebrate the school's 20th anniversary.

Staff and students took to the streets to celebrate their school’s 20th anniversary.

The youngsters at Easington Colliery Primary School held a special day of celebrations to mark two decades of learning at the current building.

Parade through the streets of Easington.

Parade through the streets of Easington.

However, although the Whickham Street premises were built 20 years ago, as a school Easington Colliery Primary is more than 100 years old.

Stephanie Reddel, Year 5 teacher, said everyone had a fantastic time during the celebrations.

She said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day, all the children, staff and parents were delighted, we had a fabulous day.”

The day started with a celebration assembly, including a documentary about the local area produced by the children.

It was an absolutely brilliant day

Stephanie Reddel

After dinner all the children took part in a parade around the nearby streets to celebrate the event with the wider community.

Ms Reddel said: “We decided because we were celebrating how proud we are of our school, the children would all wear their school uniforms.”

When the parade arrived back at school a huge celebration event, with performances from the children, were held on the school field.

Ms Reddle said: “There were so many people who came to support us, we didn’t have enough chairs for everyone.”

The Year 1s show off their banner.

The Year 1s show off their banner.

In the run up to the special day the children did a lot of work looking back on the history of the school, including when it was based in Seaside Lane, and created a pop-up museum on the school field for visitors to look at all the work they had done.

They also researched a lot about the history of Easington.

Every class was given three years of history over the past 20 and gave outdoor performances with songs from across the years.

Ms Reddel said the whole project was hugely educational for the children as well as being a lot of fun for everyone.

Pals supporting each other during parade.

Pals supporting each other during parade.

Little ones having fun together.

Little ones having fun together.

The community joins in the celebrations.

The community joins in the celebrations.