Families enjoy a day to remember at first festival

Teachers were pelted with wet sponges. ab245g0616
Teachers were pelted with wet sponges. ab245g0616
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Youngsters got to bombard their teachers with wet sponges during a family fun day at Castleford’s Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School.

Children were joined by their parents and carers for a day of fun activities last Thursday at the school on Ashton Road, Castleford.

There was a live music performance from a five-piece jazz band, Ossett-based Yorkshire Live Music, at the event, which was held in the afternoon in the school’s two playgrounds.

Pupils dressed in festival costumes and enjoyed a performance from a magician, barbecue, face painting and bouncy castle.

A treasure hunt was held, along with a name the teddy game, count the sweets in the jar, tombola and stalls selling toys and books.

The entertainment included live music on the event’s main stage, along with a Smawthorne’s Got Talent competition.

And staff were put in the stocks as pupils got to throw wet sponges at all the teachers.

The first Smawthorne Summer Festival was paid for with fundraising activities held at the school over the past year.

Headteacher Sophie Dixon said: “We have been fundraising throughout the year to be able to put the festival together.

“It’s a special occasion that families are able to spend together.

“The feedback we’ve had from parents and children is that they thought it was a really mind-blowing event.

“They had good fun and would love to do it again next year.”