Harold Hill school throws Rio 2016 inspired carnival

PUBLISHED: 14:52 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:52 04 July 2016

Hilldene Primary School, Grange Road, Romford RM3 7DU - Rio 2016 carnival.

Hilldene Primary School, Grange Road, Romford RM3 7DU - Rio 2016 carnival.


One primary school brought the vibrant carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro to the playground last week for a special event marking this year’s Olympics.

The children of Hilldene Primary School, in Grange Road, Harold Hill, were joined by Havering Mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder in celebrating Brazilian culture and trying to promote a community spirit across their school.

Every year pupils take part in “Shine Week”, where their entire school week is built around a particular theme, and this year Hilldene took its inspiration from the upcoming Olympics, encouraging pupils to get in the carnival mood of Rio 2016.

With that in mind, everyone from reception to Year 6 spent their week creating homemade outfits and instruments before 700 of the school’s pupils held a riotous carnival parade on Friday morning.

Year 5 teacher Luke Huggins was pleased with how much everyone involved enjoyed themselves.

He said: “It was a really good day. Everyone really bought into it and most importantly the kids had a great time.”

As part of the festivities, Hilldene pupils were given the task of designing their teachers’ outfits, which led to some interesting fashion choices.

“I ended up in what can only really be described as a black and white skirt,” Mr Higgins revealed, “With fairy wings on my back that the kids had made from scratch.”

“At the end of the parade we had all the school kids gathered on the field with the headteacher and the Mayor of Havering up on stage taking them through the Hilldene Samba, a special dance we spent most of the week rehearsing.

“I’ve been here for two years and it was by far the biggest scale event we’ve thrown yet.”

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