Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos courtesy of Dersingham Infants School
On Monday 6th February 2012, the actual 60th (Diamond) anniversary of the day the Queen came to the throne, she chose to come and visit Dersingham Infants School. The school only had two weeks notice and quickly got to work learning songs to go with a short play about how the world has changed over the last sixty years. It proved to be an exciting day for teachers and pupils alike. Despite the snowy weather, everyone made a special effort to get to school looking their best.
The necessary security precautions were carried out and the children particularly enjoyed watching the sniffer dogs doing their work. The Queen was due to arrive just before the regular lunch time so everyone had a bacon roll for brunch and had an inside ‘street party’ lunch when the visit had finished.
Each classroom was visited by Her Majesty where she could see the various activities in each class. Then the production about changes over the last 60 years was put on to entertain The Queen. Her Majesty seemed to enjoy it and clapped at the end of the children’s songs. Children from each class gave her presents – a book of our work, a picture with photos from our school, a book of Diamond Jubilee Dress designs made from recycled materials, a sun catcher and the traditional posy of flowers.
Her Majesty then unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit and we all did ‘Three Cheers’ as she left and she turned and waved to us. The Queen told our Headteacher that she had enjoyed our play and said, ‘Well done!’.
This historic visit to mark this Jubilee was followed up with more Diamond Jubilee celebrations at St. George’s School over the official Diamond Jubilee Weekend itself. Events included a Hog Roast, musical entertainment, various craft and activity workshops for the children along with demonstrations by different organisations from the local community.