Pupils raise the flag to celebrate Commonwealth

William Alvey School pupils with the Commonwealth flag EMN-150313-164900001
William Alvey School pupils with the Commonwealth flag EMN-150313-164900001

Pupils of William Alvey School in Sleaford were invited to be part of a special day last week.

They had the opportunity to be involved with a simultaneous international event to fly the Commonwealth flag on Monday, March 9, designated Commonwealth Day.

After the children read a message from the Queen and Coun Lance Pennell, chairman of North Kesteven District Council, affirmed allegiance to the Commonwealth and its values of unity, understanding and tolerance, they joined forces to hoist the flag at the allotted hour.

The special flag, presented to NKDC last year, was flown from the council flagstaff, as it was in towns and cities across the Commonwealth.

Mr Pennell said: “I was very pleased to be joined by the children, who were very engaged and interested in what the Commonwealth is all about.

“By coincidence the theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day was A Young Commonwealth, recognising the capacity, contribution and potential of young people, who play a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy.

“With important elections happening locally, nationally and internationally in the months ahead, this was an excellent opportunity for provoking thoughts of how we all fit within a diverse and increasingly connected global network such as the Commonwealth and how we can all present fresh perspectives and new ideas.”

William Alvey School headteacher Stephen Tapley said: “The children loved the whole experience and felt very special.”

* Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March each year.

Previously known as Empire Day, it was changed to Commonwealth Day in 1958.