Sunderland school puts on Caribbean-style carnival + SLIDESHOW

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A SPECTACLE of colour filled the streets as pupils held their own carnival.

The youngsters of Redby Academy, in Fulwell, paraded near the primary school showing off their costumes and fancy hats.

A touch of the Carribean on the streets of Fulwell on Monday as Redby Primary School held a carnival to celebrate the schools link with a school in Trinidad

A touch of the Carribean on the streets of Fulwell on Monday as Redby Primary School held a carnival to celebrate the schools link with a school in Trinidad

Headteacher Val Shield said the event was held to mark a summer of celebrations.

“We are partnered with a school in Trinidad where every year they hold a huge carnival, and we thought it would be a really nice idea for us to have one as well.

“The event was also about celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and we also turned it into our opening ceremony for our Olympic-themed sports week.”

Mrs Shield said at meetings held to come up with a theme for the event it was decided to go with all things English.

A touch of the Carribean on the streets of Fulwell on Monday as Redby Primary School held a carnival to celebrate the schools link with a school in Trinidad

A touch of the Carribean on the streets of Fulwell on Monday as Redby Primary School held a carnival to celebrate the schools link with a school in Trinidad

She added: “All the year groups picked a different topic around the theme.

“And they all kept it a secret from each other to make it more fun on the day.”

The nursery children did the theme of mini-beasts.

Reception youngsters decided on English tea, with cups and saucers, cucumber sandwiches and even a cupcake.

A touch of the Carribean on the streets of Fulwell on Monday as Redby Primary School held a carnival to celebrate the schools link with a school in Trinidad

A touch of the Carribean on the streets of Fulwell on Monday as Redby Primary School held a carnival to celebrate the schools link with a school in Trinidad

In Year 1, the pupils decided to represent British landmarks such as Big Ben and the Angel of the North, and it was a Wimbledon theme for the Year 2 children.

The youngsters in Years 3 and 4 got together to create a butterflies theme. Year 5 depicted an English country garden and the Year 6 children were the pearly kings and queens.

Mrs Shield said: “It was a really lovely event and I would like to make it an annual thing.

“It would be nice to make it bigger and maybe involve other schools in the area.”

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