Last Friday, 2nd November, the newest school in Harold Hill brought the community together to celebrate children’s enterprise skills and one of England’s oldest traditions, Firework Night. At Drapers' Maylands Primary School the gates opened to over 900 people who enjoyed the delights of stalls which the children had spent many weeks preparing for. There was a hunt for buried treasure, Hook-a-duck, Penalty Shoot-out with a player from East Thurrock Football Club, a tombola and many more! The children planned, prepared and helped to run the stall in a bid to win the famed Enterprise Cup. The skills they have used all building towards the work-place skills the government has highlighted as so important for the future of our national industries.
At one point in the evening there was a fifty person Cha-Cha-Slide on the playground, and the sounds filled the air as children danced along in the outdoor disco to their favourite tunes. So many people supported the event, not only parents and carers from the school but from our family of Drapers' schools and many from the local community. It was an incredible atmosphere even before the magnificent firework display started at 7.15pm
The Drapers' Maylands Primary School staff worked with parents and carers as well as staff and Sixth Formers from the Drapers' Academy in collaboration to make the event so successful that it has raised a considerable amount towards the development of our outdoor learning areas. We already earned the Learning Outside the Classroom Bronze Award and now we can go for the Silver!
Special thanks to St John’s ambulance volunteers who gave their time to support the event and serve the local community, fireworks provided by the Amazing Firework Crazy- pyrotechnicians with flare! And The Treat Stop for filling the chilly Autumnal air with the smell of fresh donuts and marshmallows on hot chocolate. Principal Ms Spillane said ‘it was a resounding success in bringing the whole community together and we will definitely do it again.’
We invite everyone who came this year to come back and celebrate with us again on November 1st next year!
Quotes from parents on Facebook:
‘What a wonderful display (felt like the whole sky lit up) and atmosphere at the school.’
‘it was the best (firework display) I’ve seen in a long time, it was well organised and the DJ was good and the group Cha-Cha-Slide made me smile’
‘It was wonderful’
‘What a fantastic night. Well done to all the staff and volunteers to help to arrange this and make it the success it was.’
Pupils at the school said:
‘I loved it!’ Maryam, Year 2
‘I helped with Crazy Frog and they won prizes.’ Autumn, Year 1
‘It was amazing!’ Ronnie Year 3