St Mary’s pupils celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and official opening of new school courtyard

On her 90th birthday, Her Majesty The Queen (a cardboard cut-out at least) gave the royal seal approval at the gala opening of a new courtyard at St Mary’s Lower School, Copford, Colchester. 

The whole school and invited guests enjoyed a street party in the new courtyard, which links the main teaching building to the drama studio block at the school, for girls aged four to 11 and boys aged three to four.

Long trestle tables groaning with sandwiches and cakes were arranged on the courtyard which was decorated on a royal theme in honour of the royal birthday.

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The two winners of a competition to create a portrait of her majesty – Rosie Nolan and Eva Butler - were given the honour of cutting the ribbon on a sundial, donated to the school by former Chair of Governors, Mrs Judy Kimmance. Entertainment was provided by magician Magic Marvo and the school’s Samba Band.

“The new courtyard is a wonderful space for the pupils to enjoy,” said Principal Mrs Hilary Vipond. “It is used for outdoor learning and also as a tranquil spot for relaxation at break-times.”

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The courtyard and a feature wall at its boundary were designed and managed by local property and construction consultancy Ingleton Wood LLP.