THERE was a special sentiment for the first summer fair at Priory School’s new home, at Whippingham.
The event came shortly after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the school was built by the last monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee — Queen Victoria.
More than 200 people attended the fair, which had activities including a coconut shy, beat the goalie, wine and water and the popular sponge-the-teacher stall, as well as a raffle and cream teas.
There was a spell-binding performance by the school’s Young Dragons, tutored in kung-fu by Simon Lailey, followed by a tai-chi demonstration by senior pupil Harry Matyjaszek.
Year 4 pupils performed Working Children, based on the story of Dr Barnado, who set up a home for orphan children in Victorian times.
Years 3, 5 and 6 sang songs from Oliver! following a trip to watch the production in Southampton.
The day was closed by Grace Davison, who attended the school in the 1920s and whose father was at the school during Queen Victoria’s time. She drew the raffle.
The Rev Alan Swanborough’s prayer led into the National Anthem.