Easter road trip around the countryside

Life has been pretty tough for staff and families over the past few weeks. School as we know it has been turned upside down.

We do know the students from St Mary’s Primary School at Scone have been missing each other and their teachers, so we thought we would do something fun for the end of term.

It was decided to have our first Easter Hat Parade for a few years, this time with a twist. The students created their hats at home over two afternoons, and all staff joined in a convoy of cars to visit all homes and check out the creations for ourselves.

As you can imagine in a rural setting, we have lots of children who live quite a distance from school, so the whole project took just more than six hours of driving time. We delivered individual Easter packs to all 212 students and spread messages of joy far and wide.

Our route took us from Aberdeen to Murrurundi and Owens Gap on day one and then from Scone to Gundy, Moonan Flat, Rouchel and Segenhoe on day two. Due to daylight savings, it meant the final visits each night took place in the dark, but there was still excitement in the cool air.  

Whilst this activity took a fair bit of staff time to organise and deliver, it was well and truly worth it. I believe the staff enjoyed it just as much as the students and their families. The joy and excitement on the children’s faces was terrific. It was lovely to be able to wish the families a very happy Easter in person as we know how tough our home-learning routine has been on all of them.

Best wishes everyone for a happy and holy Easter time.

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