IT’S a year of celebrations in 2022, just a few days after the Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee, our very own Thurrock Primary school celebrates turning 100 years old.
Newly appointed Mayor, Cllr James Halden, could think of nowhere else he’d rather be than partying and celebrating with Ortu Corringham Primary for their birthday celebrations on Tuesday 7 June 2022.
It wasn’t all party rings and musical chairs though, the students took the opportunity to ask the Mayor some important questions after the head boy and girl, Greta Howard and Louis Howsden-Gardener, took him on a school tour.
Important topics on the children’s mind included: “Do you always have to wear the Mayor’s outfit?”, thankfully, Mayor Halden explained he wears the chains and robes for special occasions and thought on such an important school celebration, it was only right to wear them today.
Befitting such a big occasion, classrooms have been decorated by visitors and students enjoyed learning a lot about our Queen and her ongoing 70-year reign.
He said: “Being Mayor sometimes means making hard decisions, but having the opportunity to walk around and meet so many lovely teachers and very polite students makes it all worth it.”
Classrooms were decorated by students prior to the visit and lessons for students were focused on learning about the Queen over the 70 decades she has been ruling whilst the school has been open, just in time for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Karina Garrick, Headteacher of Ortu Corringham Primary, said: “It is so nice to give the children an opportunity to see an example of the importance of democracy and British values, and to see the children be so interested in politics and democracy. This visit may be the inspiration for a future MP!”