Many schools would have hosted their annual Easter Bonnet competition but with schools closed due to the coronavirus this special event has gone by the wayside for most however Sacred Heart Pre-School didn’t want their children to miss out and took the parade online with photos (above).  Our Editor, Michaela was honoured to be invited to do the difficult task of judging the winner.

Drum roll… It’s Alex, aged 3, pictured at the top left in the photos above.  Michaela said, “It was such a privilege to be asked to judge but it was really hard as they all had fun elements and it looks like the children all enjoyed both making and wearing them.  I chose Alex’s because it encompassed everything about Easter all in one bonnet – chicks, bunnies, nests, eggs etc.  I will be dropping of a prize this week in time for Easter.”

It’s been a challenging time for school teachers, Sacred Heart Pre-School Manager, Veronika Cintra said, “It’s been two weeks now since the lock down and it hasn’t been easy for our families. But what a fab group we have! The support we would usually provide is limited now so I’m just so thankful for technology. Our team and parents use WhatsApp to communicate on a daily basis.  Children send videos and photos to each other. Parents share ideas of how they are keeping busy at home.  The team shares recorded songs and activity ideas… we do miss our kids! Many of our plans won’t happen now, however our annual Easter Bonnet Parade moved online. Children worked hard at home to create the best Easter hats and they all look fantastic.”

Kerry James, Mum to Alfie 3 and Maddie 2 said, “In this really challenging and scary time keeping in contact with each other, be it on the WhatsApp has been a massive help to keep spirits high for both parents and our children.  Socialising is part of our daily lives and what we as parents have to teach our children to do. Yet we’re now telling them they cant socialise! I have two children in pre school and they’re to young to understand what’s going on and why they cant go and see their friends and teachers, they really miss it! So we have all been sharing pictures and videos of what we’ve been up to, web sites with ideas to entertain the children, the Easter bonnet parade and some of the children have shared personal messages to the other children, telling them how much they miss them. It’s been brilliant, a really lovely community feel and fantastic support to be in the group.”

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