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News1st June 2022

Ark schools come together to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Ark’s 39 schools situated across Birmingham, Hastings, London, and Portsmouth held festivities to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen becoming the first Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, 70 years of service.

Before the end of half term, schools held assemblies looking at the life of The Queen and how society had changed during her reign.

Students also enjoyed tea parties and street parties to celebrate this momentous occasion.

A dedicated Jubilee celebration page on our student portal, SPArk, had arts and crafts activities, information about The Queen, a Spotify playlist with Coronation anthems, recipes to make at home and much more.

You can see highlights of what happened here:

Laura Berry, Head of School at Ark Dickens in Portsmouth, said: “We came together on Thursday 26th May to celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee. The children performed for parents for the first time since the pandemic with various songs from British artists. It was heart-warming to see the parents’ enjoyment and hear the joyous singing of the children.”

Ark Dickens in Portsmouth was one of 70 primary schools in the UK selected to have a tree planted to mark the Jubilee. Last autumn, an ornamental pear tree was planted on the grounds at a special ceremony.

Laura continued, “We held a whole school street party – a rather royal affair with scones, jam, and cream! Our Year 6 children are leaving the legacy of individual pebbles painted in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee to surround the tree planted earlier as part of the Queens Green Canopy initiative.”