EASTER bonnets in all shapes and sizes were donned last week, and other “eggscellent” Easter activities were enjoyed by youngsters across Shoreham, Southwick and Steyning.
Glebe Primary School, in Church Lane, Southwick, held its annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Thursday, the last day of term.
The children sat on either side of the central catwalk waiting with excited anticipation for the show to begin.
To the sound of Judy Garland’s Easter Parade, the key stage-one entrants showed off their creations, which were varied and plentiful.
An array of beautiful hats were paraded in front of the three judges. It was extremely difficult to choose, as the standard was so high yet again this year.
For the older children, there was a decorated egg competition which provided a host of entries, with so many clever and creative ideas, from a very current Amex Stadium (a favourite with the Brighton supporters in the school), to something from a bygone age with a ferocious Stegosaurus Rex.
Even the staff were involved in the parade, with the Glebe tradition that all new teachers have to produce their own Easter bonnet and model it on the catwalk.
Head teacher Ann Walton said: “It has been a wonderful afternoon – and extremely yellow.
“The effort put into all the hats and eggs continues to amaze me.
“Well done to everyone competing, not just the winners.”
At Shoreham College, in St Julian’s Lane, year-11 pupils took charge of the annual Easter egg hunt for pupils in years one and two, providing a few hours of fun on the last day of term.
“The wonder and excitement on the faces of the youngsters when they are surprised by the older pupils was just joyful,” said a school spokesperson.
Teams comprising three year-11s and one junior child took up the hunt around the school, led by a set of 24 clues.
All participants received an egg and all went home utterly exhausted and happy – with the year-11s having found new respect for anyone who is a parent of a young, bouncy and enthusiastic junior child!
In Steyning, children at St Andrew’s Preschool, which meets at The Steyning Centre, paraded their hats in front of parents and invited guests.
They danced in a circle for the Easter Hat Parade on Thursday, before the opening ceremony for their new sensory garden (see page 5).