Schools' work marks Magna Carta 800th anniversary

Schools' work marks Magna Carta 800th anniversary

Lucy Elder

Schools' work marks Magna Carta 800th anniversary

Creative pupils from across the Royal Borough designed commemorative shields to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John.

Entries were broken down into age groups and winners and highly commended awards were chosen from the participating schools.

The artwork has been on display in the prestigious setting of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

One of the winning schools was Oakfield First School in Windsor.

“We have been learning a lot about the Magna Carta,” said headteacher Dr Roz Sendorek.

“The children all designed shields that represented themselves and our school.”

Pupils had help from artist and former teacher Gay Mort and went up to Windsor Castle to get inspiration for the project.

Eimear Byrne, eight, who created the winning design, was presented with her prize by Cllr Margaret Lenton, from Wraysbury Parish Council, at a special assembly at the Imperial Road school on Wednesday, April 1.

“I think it is very important for them to be involved in important events in British history and particularly this because this is unique in the world,” said Dr Sendorek. “We have the feat of democracy a five-minute car drive away.”

She added that through learning about Magna Carta, it has also led to learning about democracy and the upcoming general election.

The other winning schools were Churchmead CE in Priory Way, Datchet, Alexander First School in Kenneally and Wraysbury Primary School in Welley Road.

Cllr Lenton, who is co-ordinating the celebrations planned to mark the historic milestone, was one of the judges in the schools’ competition and said she was impressed by the standard.

She added acceptance and free speech were themes that came up in a number of the entries.

Highly commended winners were given a glass plaque engraved with the Magna Carta 800th logo and both the Royal Borough and St George’s Chapel crest.

The exhibition was set to run until yesterday.

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