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Off their trolleys as school marks Jubilee

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

  • Moulsham Junior School Trolly Carnival

  • LADY IN RED: Head of Year 5, Nikki Wisdom, dressed in a sari to represent India CMAC20120531A-441_C

  • DRESSED TO IMPRESS: Children at Moulsham Junior School dressed in their most colourful outfits for the event CMAC20120531A-439_C

  • ISLAND OF PEACE: The colours of Ghana CMAC20120531A-446_C

  • ALL RIGHT IN WHITE: Kye Denyer CMAC20120531A-443_C

  • EASTERN SURPRISE: These girls decorated their float in the colours of India and even built a paper mache temple.

  • CARNIVAL CAPERS: Lola Rose Weald waves a balloon during the procession

  • MASK MAYHEM: The Trolley Carnival CMAC20120531A-445_C

  • BOWLED OVER: Cricket fans at the school created this effigy of an Indian cricket player

  • COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW: Tobi Labinjo and Athish Thayalan pull their decorated trolley CMAC20120531A-434_C

  • TROLLEY GOOD: Fun at Moulsham Junior School CMAC20120531A-431_C

  • Moulsham Junior School Trolly Carnival

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FIVE HUNDRED children took part in an international trolley carnival around their school grounds to celebrate the Jubilee.

Each of the 15 classes at Moulsham Junior School, in Princes Road, Chelmsford, was given a supermarket trolley to decorate for a Jubilee parade around the school grounds.

The commonwealth theme saw the children using paper mache and chicken wire to transform their trolleys into floats.

Michelle Orchard, the school's Learning Mentor, who organised it, said: "It was just brilliant – there was one class that was India and had made an elephant out of chicken wire.

"That was incredible. There were others who had made buildings but they hadn't anticipated the bumpy ground so there were others holding them up."

Every year Moulsham Junior School holds an international week of events.

"Because we are such a big school we decided to do something we don't tend to do so much nowadays," Michelle said.

"A lot of councils don't have carnivals any more so we thought we'd get the children to make their own floats."

The school borrowed trolleys from Tesco and B&Q.

"There were eight of us pushing 15 trolleys, it seemed like 100 miles," she added.

Michelle, who has worked at the school for 16 years, hopes to recreate the event in coming years.

"The children loved it. They were skipping and dancing and laughing and the parents loved it . If the Queen is still on the throne in ten years' time we will definitely do something similar."

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