Woolsery Wedding Belles
PUBLISHED: 00:16 22 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:02 20 February 2013
Not the Royal Wedding! Pupils from Woolsery Primary School get dressed up for their very own wedding project. Words by Anna Turns. Photos by Martyn Norsworthy
Fergal Nesbitt, Best Man
There will be a pageboy from every class helping me. I will have to hold and look after the rings and I also have to write a speech. When were older, we can tell our children about this because well always remember it.
Chelsea Curtis, Chief Bridesmaid
Mr Cole is choosing additional bridesmaids from each of the other classes who will help me on the day. Were having a wedding reception back in school and then having a barn dance at the village hall after. I know that the royal wedding between Kate and William will probably be quite different to our own school wedding.
Matt Cole, headteacher at Woolsery Primary School since 2007, has introduced a lot of whole school projects to encourage integrated learning across the different school years. Between the Easter holidays and the royal wedding Bank Holiday this April, Matt is devoting the three school days to a wedding-themed project for the entire school of 134 children.
Matt says This seemed like a great opportunity to focus on the royal wedding and look at all of the different aspects of what a wedding means. After two days of preparation making things for the big day and learning about what a real wedding ceremony entails, the project culminates on the Thursday with a re-enactment of a wedding ceremony at Woolsery Church. This will be followed by a wedding reception at school in place of the regular lunchtime, followed by a ceilidh at the village hall in the afternoon to celebrate.
This seemed like a great opportunity to focus on the royal wedding and look at all of the different aspects of what a wedding means.
I spoke to Class 5 before our plans went ahead, and checked they would be prepared to set a real example to the younger classes. They have all been taking this project seriously and doing really well, explains Matt. Learning about the importance and significance of many elements of a traditional English wedding in this way will be both memorable and meaningful to all of our children.
Class 5 Teaching Assistant, Rose McGuire, is really looking forward to the project. It will be great fun, especially having the whole school working together. Children across the school are all getting busy making bunting, decorating tables, making favours and learning all about that aspect of the wedding celebrations.
In the build-up the children will learn a lot about the royal wedding and each be involved in different aspects of creating this special wedding. Day. For example, the youngest children in Class 1 will perform a song whilst the (mock) register is signed in church, says Matt.
Classes 1 to 4 will be encouraged to wear wedding-style smart clothes to make up the congregation, and one additional page boy and bridesmaid will be chosen from each class to join the main wedding party. Siblings in the school will also get together to make up family groups of guests.
Children from Class 5 were randomly selected for the four main roles: bride, groom, best man and chief bridesmaid. The rest of this class, all aged 10 and 11, will all have other specific jobs to do, from ushers, witnesses, key family members and even the Master of Ceremonies.
The principal members of the wedding party have all been fitted out with authentic wedding suits and dresses, courtesy of Always and Forever in Bideford, and professional wedding photographer Martyn Norsworthy will be taking pictures throughout the day, making this wedding day just as special as any other.
Sophie Evangelista, Bride
Once I had been chosen to be bride, I felt excited. I wanted to know who the groom was, and who my bridesmaid was going to be. I was over the moon when I found out Chelsea was going to be my chief bridesmaid. She is like a mother to me she helps me with the petticoat and everything.
Before the big day, Alex and I have got to choose what we want at the buffet. On the wedding day, there will be lots of pictures being taken of us.
On the way to church from school, everyone keeps looking at me and asking about my dress and the outfit. So it feels like Im a celebrity!
I have been bridesmaid a few times before so I sort of knew what to expect. I really enjoyed the dress fitting I had already looked at this dress and liked it. On the way to church from school, everyone keeps looking at me and asking about my dress and the outfit. So it feels like Im a celebrity!
I know this isnt real, so I feel OK with pretending to get married. Our vicar has to say different words for the vows and in the service so that it doesnt count as a real wedding! Parents are being invited along to the ceremony, and my mum and dad are coming along to watch the church service. The part I am most looking forward to is when Alex and I walk out of the church and have confetti thrown at us.
I am 10 years old, and have been at the school since the age of four, so I know pretty much everyone in the school. It is nice doing projects with the whole of the school because as an older child I can help the little ones out. Its quite a responsibility and you cant be goofing around. I will be watching the royal wedding just to see how a princess does it.
Alex Clifton, Groom
It really is quite exciting to be groom I wasnt expecting it! It scared me when my teacher first told me because I knew everyone would be looking at me. The best bit so far has been getting fitted for my new suit.
I have to make sure everything is all organised. I have to do my speech I will sit down with my best man, my teacher and headmaster Mr Cole. The bit I am most nervous about is walking down the aisle. Im most looking forward to getting a proper wedding cake.
It really is quite exciting to be groom I wasnt expecting it!
Im 10, so as one of the older children I feel like a role model. Well be learning more about the royal wedding in class and everyone in school is helping to sort out different parts of the ceremony and reception.