Empire Day ( now known as Commonwealth Day) was celebrated at the school, on the 24th May each year. The children would assemble in the playground at 11am and perform a varied programme of songs, dance and recitations.
Joan Lewis is the little girl on the far left, click here to listen to her memories.
1923 was a very special year. On Empire Day this year the children, (as well as performing the programme listed below) heard a recorded gramophone message from King George V and Queen Mary who were the reigning monarchs.
Action SongPot Pot of Gold Infants
Recitation The Cow Infants
Recitation The Baby Seed Song Infants
Song Fairy Summer 2nd class
Song The Cuckoo 2nd class
Recitation Traveller's Tales Geoffrey Wilson
Recitation Wishing Edith Claridge
Song The Mill Wheel Children
Recitation The Village Blacksmith R. Benge
Recitation Oh to be in England John Thomson
Maurice Dance The Bean Setting The Girls
Recitation Elegy Wm Wildman
Recitation A wet sheet and a flowing Sea K.Garner
Maurice Dance Country Garden Girls
Recitation A Better Land A Garner
Reading Mr.Caudles Lecture A.Wilson
Recitation The Slave's Dream M.Jackson
Recitation The Burial of T.Moore M.Millard
Song John Peel Children
After this programme the children saluted the flag, and an address was given by a notoriety. They sang the hymn 'O God our help in ages past', followed by the National Anthem. In the afternoon they had sports, then tea which had been provided by the ladies of the village. Every Empire Day followed a similar format.