King’s Coronation

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to invite you to join us on Friday 5th May for an afternoon of Coronation celebrations!

On the day, your child can come into school wearing red, white, and blue, or dress as Kings and Queens to get into the coronation spirit!

The Infant and Junior Academies will be joining together on the field on this afternoon. The afternoon will begin with a picnic at lunchtime. You are invited to join the children at 12:00pm and bring your own packed lunch – please note no alcohol, or products containing any nuts. Please feel free to bring your own picnic blankets and chairs too.

Any child who has not pre-ordered a school picnic lunch must bring their own packed lunch – please note that the deadline for pre-ordering a school picnic lunch has now passed.

We have music throughout the afternoon from the school choir. Our governor Martin Kerry has kindly sourced community funding for commemorative badges for the children. The PTAs have agreed to fund a packet of flower seeds for each child, which families can plant at home to support our bee population. This is in support of the King’s philosophy around improving the environment and supporting wildlife.

If the weather is poor, picnics will take place in the classrooms. Parents/carers are still welcome to join us in school.

We hope that you will be able to join us!

Mrs Charlesworth has also set some special whole-school homework to go with the Coronation theme.

We would like you to create a piece of work at home which celebrates the Coronation. You could choose from one of the following tasks or think of your own idea:

  • Write a biography of the King’s life.
  • Create a portrait of the King, using sketching pencils or paints.
  • Get baking! – A cake, scones or even the Coronation quiche.
  • Write a newspaper report about the Coronation.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation or short film about the events of the Coronation.
  • Create an information leaflet about Buckingham Palace.

All pieces of homework will be judged and there will be a winner from each class.

As always, you can talk to your teacher about any ideas you have or if you need any extra help.

We look forward to celebrating your magnificent creations!  The deadline is Thursday 18th May.

To keep up to date with what’s going on with the Coronation, the Royal Collection Trust has lots of child-friendly information::

https://www.rct.uk/discover/school-resources/school-resources-for-the-coronation-2023

There’s also lots of events going on locally. Gedling Borough Council have asked us to share the following:

On Saturday 6 May, the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort takes place at Westminster Abbey, London. The historical event will be live-streamed across the world, including at two Gedling Borough Council venues.

The Coronation will be shown live on the cinema screen at the Bonington Theatre, the council’s 178 seater theatre and cinema in Arnold Town Centre. Tickets for the screening are free, but seats need to be booked in advance online at www.boningtontheatre.co.uk or by calling 0115 901 3640.

The screening is scheduled to start at 10:45am but timings may be subject to change once official details are released.

The event will also be broadcast at the council’s Richard Herrod Centre, Carlton. No booking is required for the event at the Richard Herrod Centre and the venue will be open from 8:15am.

The Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Peter Barnes said;

“We are thrilled to take part in the King’s Coronation celebrations and be able offer this opportunity for our residents to come together on this historic occasion.

I can remember the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and what a special time that was for the whole of the country. I have no doubt that the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will be just as memorable.

Seats at the Bonington will be limited so I’d recommend booking a place as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

Residents will be able to watch the ceremony for free, live on the big screen.

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