School celebrates 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

Pupils from Northern Saints Primary School dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland

Pupils from Northern Saints Primary School dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland

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A primary parade was part of the fun at a Wearside school.

Children, staff and parents at Sunderland’s Northern Saints Cof E VA Primary School held a special day to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

Pupils from Northern Saints Primary School dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland

Pupils from Northern Saints Primary School dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland

Steve Williamson, headteacher at the Rotherham Road school, said they celebrated the anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale in style with a day of fantastic activities to inspire learning, including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

In the morning the 500 pupils in Sunderland’s biggest primary donned fancy dress for a parade and competition.

Mr Williamson said: “Many of the costumes were home-made and parents spared no expense in ensuring their children looked wonderful.

“The most amazing tea party followed with cakes donated by parents and staff, games and stalls made by the children and a special visit from Alice in Wonderland characters, including the Mad Hatter and Alice herself.”

Pupils from Northern Saints Primary School dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland

Pupils from Northern Saints Primary School dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland

Diane Curley, assistant headteacher, said: “The staff and governors altered the curriculum for half-term to tie in with the 150th anniversary of the writing of Alice in Wonderland.

“We have been performing science experiments, writing stories and poetry and even making our own Wonderland illuminations as part of our design technology.”

More than 700 parents and family members visited the school to enjoy the festivities.

Mr Williamson said: “We timed the event to coincide with the launch of the 2021 City of Culture Bid and were delighted that Theatre Space NE were able to send nine actors and actresses to interact with the children and families.

“We believe that whilst learning should be rigorous and hard work, it has to be fun, and with a great team effort we certainly achieved that.”