'Can’t burst our bubble' - Primary school marks 'incredible' success

Ollie, Carl, Lily, Poppy and Kitty at the Year 6 Leavers’ party.

Ollie, Carl, Lily, Poppy and Kitty at the Year 6 Leavers’ party. - Credit: Elm Tree Primary

Staff at a Lowestoft primary are beginning a well-earned break after they finished the term without once having a bubble 'break'.

Schools across the country have seen their year disrupted by cases of Covid, but proud staff at Elm Tree Primary (Academy) said they did not have to close any bubbles during the crisis.

Pupils at the school on Ranworth Avenue have had a busy, nearly-normal end to their school year.

A school spokesman said: "We are incredibly proud of how we have kept everybody safe and our parents have been so positive about this."

From left to right: Abigail, Kris, Millie, Lily-Leigh, Amber, Georgia and Mia.

From left to right: Abigail, Kris, Millie, Lily-Leigh, Amber, Georgia and Mia. - Credit: Elm Tree Primary

Earlier this month the Year 6 children took part in three sell out performances of a specially written version of The Wizard of Oz at The Seagull Theatre.

"It was heartwarming to see the children finally showcase their creative arts talents in front of their parents and carers after 18 months of parents not being able to come into school," the spokesman added.

Georgia Brown and Abigail Garrett stop off at the Emerald City before heading for high school!

Georgia Brown and Abigail Garrett stop off at the Emerald City before heading for high school! - Credit: Elm Tree Primary

Headteacher Julia Halliday said that this autumn the company at The Seagull will be working on a production with the new reception children.

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“It will be exciting to see the youngest members of the Elm Tree family at the theatre, performing for their parents,” Mrs Halliday said.

Freya takes the high jump in her stride!

Freya takes the high jump in her stride! - Credit: Elm Tree Primary

With four separate sports days being held this month, the children remained in their ‘bubbles’ and competed in a range of field and track events.

A race to the finishing line for reception children.

A race to the finishing line for reception children. - Credit: Elm Tree Primary

Last Friday, the whole school waved goodbye to Year 6 children as they walked around the perimeter of the school instead of a leavers’ assembly being held.

Lacie and Mia on the new double cross-country skier.

Lacie and Mia on the new double cross-country skier. - Credit: Elm Tree Primary

"It was emotional and jubilant – they had made the best of the last year," the spokesman added.

And a whole school community project came to a fitting end this week.

With each class having been tasked to plan a development for one of the school’s extensive outdoor areas, the children were "extremely creative" with ideas ranging from Elm Bay - a seaside-themed courtyard - to an arts and crafts outdoor classroom.

The spokesman added: "The children, who had worked on budgets, market research and collaborative planning, pitched their Dragons’ Den style presentation to Mrs Halliday on Monday.

Work on the winning design – to be announced in September - will begin in the autumn term.

Mrs Halliday said: “It is time to look forward to new projects and exciting learning."

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