Letchworth school celebrates 450 anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

Kavin Niranjanan, Oliver Legate, Shanie Dorrington, Keira Hart

Kavin Niranjanan, Oliver Legate, Shanie Dorrington, Keira Hart - Credit: Archant

A school “dressed up” to celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.

Pupils and staff at Wilbury Junior School in Letchworth GC dressed up in Tudor costumes last week to mark the birthday in 1564 of the legendary play write and poet.

Teaching assistants Julie Baugh and Ginny O’Connor were inspired to organise the event after the pupils at the school performed a shortened version of Hamlet at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage last year as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Mrs Baugh said: “I saw how much the children enjoyed the event last year and thought we should recreate it again by getting dressed up.

“The day featured period costumes and shortened versions of the plays as well as music sessions and even Tudor Maths.

“We held two assemblies with even the staff taking centre stage in the afternoon.

“We also had a cake sale with Tudor cakes and all money raised will go towards joining the Shakespeare’s Schools Festival 2014.”

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