The Cathedral School of St Mary
High Street Primary
St Peters CofE Primary
Little Stars Nursery
Tuesday 12th July - Pilgrim Primary School
The 2011 Stonehouse event was held on Pilgrim Primary School’s wood-fringed playing field, a green oasis with its own range of mini hills. The focus was on younger children and the participating schools – Pilgrim, High Street, Cathedral School of St Mary RC and St Peters Cof E Primary Schools - were joined by Little Stars Nursery. The event also boasted partnerships with Stonehouse Play Association and Waterstones Bookshops, the former providing four marquees and Play Ranger workshop leaders and the latter authors, displays, activities and both Peter Rabbit and Spot the Dog! The only person missing was the Gruffalo, whose story inspired the day and whom we all, at various times, heard lurking in the trees...
Due to their age the children were not mixed between schools, but instead undertook activities in small groups, including Samba drumming, African storytelling with Abi Alao, more story telling with Jane Ford and Waterstones’ authors, flag making with Noah Taylor, dance with Lindsey Graham and den making and environmental art with the Play Rangers. A special mention for UCP Marjon student Claire Duffy who, as part of her Early Years Professional Status course, ran a Gruffalo costume-making workshop.
The event culminated with the arrival of parents and the mass singing of the ‘Big Bad Mouse’ song from the Gruffalo sound track. All 168 children and parents then joined together for a grand finale parade around the field, led by tiny Samba players, Peter Rabbit and Spot the Dog. Unfortunately the Gruffalo was too shy to join in and stayed in the woods.
Stonehouse Play Association