Holy Cross headteacher Cathy Dart turned into Paddington Bear and then Burglar Bill when she joined the rest of the school in dressing up for World Book Day.
Most members of staff and pupils chose to become one favourite character but the headteacher went one step further.
She said: “At Holy Cross we firmly believe that all staff, including me, should wholeheartedly take part in everything we ask the children to do.
“Where’s the fun in asking the children to dress up and not dressing up yourself? School isn’t just for learning, it’s also for fun sometimes and as a school we like to come together to make it as enjoyable as it can be.
“The children had a wonderful day, each and every one of them (with some help from parents) put such thought and imagination into creating costumes for characters from their favourite books. And they love it when their teachers dress up too, it makes the children feel that everyone is as invested in these events as they are.”
Mrs Dart said she appreciated how much hard work parents put in to provide costumes for their children adding: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to come up with costumes and dress up.
“It was a fantastic, fun day that’ll go down in the history books at Holy Cross.”
The children wore their finery for their special monthly Share and Praise Assembly at the Belmont Centre and even Holy Cross Church rector Father John Wall entered into the spirit of the occasion by wearing a flamboyant costume.
Later there were lessons taught by weird and wonderful characters from books including Alice in Wonderland and Claude the dog with the extraordinary life.
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