Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy year six leavers take part in drive-by graduation because of coronavirus restrictions
School leavers had a graduation ceremony with a difference thanks to the coronavirus restrictions.
Year six pupils at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy took part in a drive-by graduation.
Deputy head Jenny Pavier said staff wanted to give children a special way to mark their final day at the school.
“We wanted to ensure that the children marked the end of their primary education in a memorable way with their families while still ensuring social distancing,” she said.
“We also wanted the opportunity to say goodbye in person to the children who have chosen to continue to work from home during these last few weeks. The drive-by graduation seemed like the perfect solution and creating the leavers’ video has meant that memories from staff and pupils can still be shared and enjoyed by everyone.”
Pupils arrived by family car and many chose to decorate their vehicles with balloons and ribbons.
Pupil Lexi Warriner said: “The last day is a bit different to how I always imagined it would be. I am happy that my first chapter is complete, and I am moving on to Dukeries, but I will miss my primary school and its environment.”
Abbie Bradford said: “I am feeling a bit upset because I have really loved this school. I have such a lot of happy memories here.”
Head Anne Ingle delivered a message to the pupils.
She said: “It hasn’t been the end to primary school we all had planned for our year six children. SATs, the end-of-year performance, end-of-year trip and prom were all cancelled this year due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“We couldn’t let you leave primary school without marking this milestone in your life with a social distanced drive-by graduation to celebrate what incredible young people you are.”