No raining on their Easter parade

Witchampton CofE First School Easter bonnet parade.

Witchampton CofE First School Easter bonnet parade.

In their Easter bonnets, with all the frills upon them, children from one of Dorset’s smallest schools did not let the weather rain on their parade.

Just like the famous Irving Berlin song, the children of Witchampton CE First School ignored the wind and rain to turn out in their finest home-made bonnets for their annual Easter parade.

For many years the Wimborne Academy Trust school, which has 62 pupils, has welcomed in Easter by parading through the village.

And it was an ‘eggsellent’ turnout as not only did the whole school take part but they were also cheered on by the children of neighbouring Little Owls Pre School, parents and local residents.

Head of school, Jo Hancock, said: “This has become a fabulous tradition for the school and one of our highlights of the year and we were not going to let the awful weather stop us.

“It’s fantastic how the whole community joined in as well – it means a lot to see everyone supporting the children.”

Witchampton CofE First School Easter bonnet parade.

Witchampton CofE First School Easter bonnet parade.

The parade begins with all the children gathering outside school in their bonnets.

Then the pupils, teachers and many parents walk around the village wishing people a very happy Easter.

In the afternoon the children finished their festivities by attending a special Easter service at their local church.

Witchampton CE First School is in the village of Witchampton, which has a population of just 398 and is situated five miles north of Wimborne.

It is one of 11 first and middle schools in Wimborne Academy Trust.

CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “This is a wonderful community event enjoyed by the whole village and a very special way to mark the start of the school Easter holidays.”

 

 

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