PICTURES: Alice in Wonderland at Worthing school

A MAD Hatter’s tea party and a game of croquet were on the cards for hard-working pupils at a Worthing school.

Our Lady of Sion School, in Westbrooke, treated its year-five and six pupils to a trip to West Worthing Tennis Club, to take part in a game of croquet.

The treat was a thank-you to the pupils for their efforts in their recent performance of Alice in Wonderland, which was staged last Tuesday and Wednesday.

James Summers, deputy head of the Worthing junior school, produced the show alongside the head of music, Emma Spalding.

Mr Summers said: “Alice was a team effort involving many parents, staff and children.

“The production was a huge success and all the children rose to the challenge of the tricky script and demanding musical scores.

“It was very well received by everybody.”

For the game of croquet, the pupils dressed in their Victorian outfits, which they wore at the beginning and end of the play when Alice was on the lake.

Then, the youngsters changed into their weird and wacky outfits for the tea party, which was in true Alice style, with jam tarts and jam sandwiches cut out in the shape of hearts.

During the day, the pupils also sang to tennis club members, with songs including It is a Wonderful Day for Croquet and Wonderland.

School secretary, Jo Auger, said: “The children really loved it although they were very tired afterwards.”

The outing was funded by the Sion Friends’ Association, which also gave money for some of the costumes used during the show.