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Community Carnival & Balloon Launch

On a gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon in April 2013, the whole Ruddington community came together to highlight and celebrate the vital work the school has and is doing regarding diversity and the importance of community cohesion


A wealth of attractions were enjoyed including:


  • Pirate and Princess fancy dress parade for the children
  • Drumming workshops – including Brazilian samba drums
  • Dancing from James Peacock Cheerleading squad
  • Caribbean songs from the Ruddington Community Choir
  • Crafts – friendship bracelets, design your own badges, pirate hats, princess tiaras, junk instruments
  • Juice and fruit bar
  • Face painting
  • Bouncy castle
  • Beauty treatments
  • Boot camp fitness sessions
  • Scouts
  • Friends of James Peacock tombola


The afternoon concluded with an amazing balloon launch.  300 yellow and green balloons – each with messages of hope written by the children from the school – were released into the sunshine.  The children wrote the messages in memory of Stephen Lawrence and were written in the hope that their generation does not witness discrimination on any level and included messages such as:


‘spread love like butter’

‘it’s what is on the inside that counts’

‘be glad we are all different’

‘treat everyone as you expect to be treated yourself’


Anyone who found a balloon was invited to share their own message of hope back to the school and the children have been delighted to hear that we’ve had around 20 returned – the furthest balloon found travelled 70 miles to Hull where is was found by a policeman on duty.  His pertinent return message was ‘let’s not forget Stephen and strive to improve’


Another balloon was found by a dog named Charlie while out on his walk, whose owner sent a picture of Charlie and a return message!