School celebrates summer solstice

Sweet music...Mhairi Lane performs her flute recital.
Sweet music...Mhairi Lane performs her flute recital.
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SUMMER was in full swing at Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School’s Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday.

More than 300 parents and children enjoyed a day of activities including a talent show featuring performances by pupils with singers, comedy groups and musicians.

The eventual winner was Fleur Mitchell, who wowed the audience with her dance routine.

Julia Price, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “We strongly encourage the children to perform at the school. They auditioned to take part in the show and all the children did very well.”

The school also held a chair art competition on the day, the results of which were then auctioned off by sealed bids. Around 20 chairs were designed by the children in the style of an artist, with entries including 1960s style and Damien Hurst.

The event raised about £1,000 which will go towards a series of master classes for the pupils beginning this week in a wide range of subjects including African dance, paper craft and pond dipping. There will also be a birds of prey exhibition at the school on Thursday. Any remaining funds will go towards computer equipment.

Head teacher David Livingstone said: “It was a wonderful afternoon with lots of budding stars, complemented by a tombola, grand draw and lots of ice cream. The chair art was fabulous. Some of the ideas were truly stunning.”