Badgemore Bonny Easter Bonnets

The students at Badgemore Primary School had more than just the Easter holidays to be excited about on Thursday last week. In a special assembly to mark the end of term, celebration was the theme of the day, with many children being recognised for their hard work. Parents were invited to attend, along with two very special guests: the Mayor and Mayoress of Henley, Julian and Gabriele Brooks.

The assembly began with a toe-tapping performance from the choir, led by Beech class teacher, Rosie Wilkinson. The group of 16 students sang the Beatles’ classic, ’With A Little Help From My Friends’, a piece which they had previously performed at the Junior Proms. It couldn’t have been a more fitting opening for the assembly, as throughout the afternoon, teachers frequently singled out students for their exceptional kindness.

Badgemore’s ‘Stars of the Term’ were announced to their friends and parents, standing before them all to receive a certificate and a well-earned clap. From sports to playground behaviour, they were commended for their achievements in a number of areas. Sherwood House was also honoured for their 110 house points, making them the victorious team for this term. Outstanding attendance was praised, along with the top scorers in Badgemore’s running competition.

It was towards the end of the assembly that the most excitement came. Many students had taken part in an Easter bonnet competition, asking them to decorate their own Easter-themed hat. Headteacher Ms Steele told the students that, so overwhelmed by the standard of entries, she couldn’t possibly be the one to choose a winner as it would be too difficult. Instead, the daunting task went to the Mayor and Mayoress of Henley, Julian and Gabriele Brooks (according to Ms Steele, they were much better qualified for the job). The competitors left the hall to collect their bonnets, and returned to model them for the judges and audience alike.

Colourful and bright, the bonnets were a marvel to behold, decorated with great detail and attention. Some featured chocolate eggs or chickens, others lambs or bunnies; one eye-catching hat was shaped like an impressively tall flowerpot. The competition was tough, but Julian and Gabriele called forward their winners to collect the Easter egg prizes. In third place was Daniel Lloyd from Year 4. Jamie Isaac, also Year 4, was in second. First place went to Bethany Beales, from Reception, for her wonderful bonnet. However, Bethany was not present to collect her prize, having broken her collarbone this week. Luckily, her friend Ava stepped in to model the hat, and collect the prize in Bethany’s stead. All the entrants were congratulated on their efforts, with each competitor receiving a chocolate egg for their brilliant bonnet.

It was another successful term at Badgemore, reflected by the huge number of students rewarded for their hard word on Thursday. If this assembly is anything to go on, it looks like the children have a fantastic summer term ahead.

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