12:15PM, Tuesday 24 May 2016
Delighted pupils at Alywn Infant School have received the royal seal of approval for a birthday card they designed and sent to the Queen.
The card, drawn by the children and signed by all in the year two VA class, was posted to send their best wishes to the monarch as she celebrates her 90th birthday.
The class and teachers were thrilled to receive a letter in reply thanking the schoolchildren for their kind words.
A letter signed by one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting accompanied a picture of Her Majesty reading birthday cards.
Vanessa Alston, class teacher said: “We never expected a response. We were very excited when it came though.
“All the students signed the card and the cover was drawn by a few of them. It was the Queen in Windsor Castle.”
The idea to send a card came from teaching assistant Jenny Gaddes.
She has personally sent cards to members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, before.
She said: “I just thought it would be nice to do. The children were thrilled when we got the letter.”
Copies of the thank you message have been put up in the corridors of the Mulberry Walk school for all pupils and parents to see.
And if one letter from the royal household wasn’t enough, the school received a second thank you in the post yesterday (Wednesday) for 12 hat designs sent by the year one students when they visited Windsor Castle on Monday, April 25.
Each student drew their own crown at the end of the visit and staff selected one from each class in the year group to send to the Queen as a birthday gift.
The remaining crowns that were not posted are now on display within the school.
Next month Alwyn School will be holding a picnic as part of the birthday celebrations.
Pupils and parents will be on the school field on Friday, June 10 enjoying a display of maypole dancing and there will be a chance for the rest of the students to create their own crown designs.
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