Sunderland headteacher walks the plank on school’s Pirate Day

Captain Hook, headteacher Steve Williamson, and the reception pupils with HMS Venerable.
Captain Hook, headteacher Steve Williamson, and the reception pupils with HMS Venerable.

Youngsters at a city school dressed to impress for their special day.

Northern Saints CofE Primary School in Redhouse held a pirate-themed day to celebrate their latest project.

Ellie Spain is in the mood for pirate fun.

Ellie Spain is in the mood for pirate fun.

The event was a culmination of a three-week project which had been running from the first day of term.

The aim of the topic was to get the children switched on to learning after their summer break.

Emma Jarvis, deputy headteacher at the Rotherham Road school, said the children had been involved in all things about the sea.

She said: “Northern Saints has an outstanding creative curriculum. The children have been taking part in a wide range of exciting learning opportunities.

What a great start to the term

Steve Williamson

“These have included skyping with a naval officer about modern-day Somalian pirates, writing creative stories about tall ships and working with Sunderland Maritime Heritage Museum.”

To mark the special event the representatives from the museum went along to join in the fun and took with them HMS Venerable.

Steve Williamson, headteacher at Northern Saints, joined in the fun and spent the day dressed as Captain Hook.

He said: “What a great start to the term. Our children love coming to school and their work has been fantastic.

From left: Staff at Northern Saints CE Primary School get in the spirit of Pirate Day, Tanya Middleton, Tajmin Choudry and Paris Thurlbeck.

From left: Staff at Northern Saints CE Primary School get in the spirit of Pirate Day, Tanya Middleton, Tajmin Choudry and Paris Thurlbeck.

“The model of the tall ship really inspired the children and through our fundraising we presented a cheque for £550 on the day to museum staff.

“It was such a fantastic day with all the staff and children dressed up. I was even made to walk the plank.”

Captain Hook, headteacher Steve Williamson, being brought to task by the children.

Captain Hook, headteacher Steve Williamson, being brought to task by the children.

Delilah Huggins had her wheelchair adapted by her parents to create The Fying Mermaid for the school's pirate event.

Delilah Huggins had her wheelchair adapted by her parents to create The Fying Mermaid for the school's pirate event.