Sun and Smiles at the May Festival 2016

Friday saw us taking part in one of Wilstead Lower School’s oldest traditions – the annual May Celebrations.

We had been watching the weather forecast carefully all week anticipating rain to interrupt play as it did last year.  We had even practiced our contingency plan in case of bad weather.  Imagine our delight when Friday morning was dry and sunny and everything looked good for the afternoon festivities.  The stage was set, the crowd had gathered, let the ceremonies begin!

May Celebrations at Wilstead Lower School

Some of us had been looking forward to May Festival for some time.  It is a long standing tradition that the oldest girl is crowned May Queen and so Rebecca had been anticipating her crowning for several years!  Our eldest boy traditionally takes on the role of Master of Ceremonies and this year the job was handled with great professionalism by Daniel and Max.

May Celebrations at Wilstead Lower School

May Celebrations at Wilstead Lower SchoolReception class started the proceedings parading around the playground waving flags and wearing hats that they had made especially for the occasion.  The procession of the May Queen, accompanied by her attendant (Assia – the second oldest girl in the class) and four pages from our Reception class made it’s way gracefully around the playground next.  All the children looked fabulous in their dresses or suits.   Arriving at their places, the procession sat whilst our May Queen was crowned with due pomp and ceremony signalling the beginning of the entertainment.

We were treated to a dazzling display of dance with different routines from years 1,2, & 3.  Each class had been working hard on their dances which were full of energy, passion and smiles.  The assembled crowd applauded each routine loudly whilst the children handled the situation like Pros.

Year 4 treated us to a song they had originally performed at the Sing Up concert when they were in year 3.  The song was a late addition to the program but the class stepped up and produced a great sound, the very catchy strains of Best Day of my Life – American Authors sounding out across the playground.

Finally, our May Queen and entourage processed one last time and exited the playground signalling the end of the formal part of the event.

We would like to say a huge thank you our beautiful May Queen and attendant and their pages, to the classes and their teachers and staff who worked so hard whilst preparing their dances and song.  We are sure you will agree they all looked AMAZING!

May Celebrations at Wilstead Lower School