Artistic Havering children have designs on card to be sent to the Queen

�Three students are set to see their designs made into cards and sent to the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

Kemi Olofinjani, eight, of St Mary’s Hare Park Primary School, South Drive, Gidea Park; Folasayo Sokunbi, six, of Scargill Infant School, Mungo Park Road, Rainham, and Alex Dryburgh, 14, of Dycorts School, Settle Road, Harold Hill won the Metropolitan Police’s competition to design a card to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Katrina Karwacinski, the headteacher of Hare Park Primary School said: “This is the icing on the cake for us.

“The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a really exciting time, but to have one of our pupil’s cards sent off to the Queen is amazing.”

In January, the students had a special visit from members of their Safer Neighbourhood teams, who told them about the competition.


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Kemi’s card showed a drawing of Buckingham Palace with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee date written above, while Folasayo’s design featured an image of the Queen with her horse guard.

Alex also impressed the judges with a blonde monarch in the frame of his card.

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Katrina said: “Kemi’s design is clever and creative. We are all really happy that she has won because she is such a lovely pupil and she really reflects the ethos of the school.”

The students were presented with copies of their winning designs by members of the Safer Neighbourhood team last Friday.

The cards will be sent to Buckingham Palace by Havering Police. St Mary’s Hare Park Primary School will also be celebrating the Queen’s anniversary with a tea party on Friday, June 1.

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