Queen’s record-breaking reign celebrated at Dagenham school street party

PUBLISHED: 13:27 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:29 10 September 2015

Ellie-Jo Cox, eight, Jessica Cook, nine, Harry Newell, eight, Billy Newell, six, and Mr Endacott

Ellie-Jo Cox, eight, Jessica Cook, nine, Harry Newell, eight, Billy Newell, six, and Mr Endacott


Pupils were filled with patriotic cheer yesterday at a street party to celebrate the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch.

Children at Beam County Primary school danced and sang the day away to mark the momentous occasion as Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria’s 63 years and 216 day reign.

The Dagenham youngsters wrote letters to the Queen, created games based on Her Majesty’s key events and sang the national anthem – as well as dancing away to MC Hammer and the Macarena.

The younger pupils dressed up as kings and queens while the older year groups dressed more formally as if they were going to a garden party.

Kerry Marcuccilli, year six teacher and history co-ordinator at the Oval Road North school, said: “The children had a great time and in our classes we told them the reasons why were celebrating. It ended up being a really enjoyable day.”

Meanwhile pupils at James Cambell Primary School in Langley Crescent, Dagenham, celebrated by drawing portraits and taking part in a poem writing competition.

Chloe Veale from year two won the portrait competition and Alyssa Lace from year five came up up trumps in the poem writing competition.

Joanna Lacey, PA to the headteacher, said: “The children enjoyed learning more about the Queen, as some of them had already seen her when she visited the borough for the 50th anniversary celebrations.”

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