A LASTING tribute has been planted at all six Rastrick schools.
Students from Rastrick High School along with primary schools Carr Green, Castlefields, Field Lane, Longroyde and Woodhouse simultaneously planted six red oak trees in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Rastrick High invited its youngest students, Mia and Tavar Fortune-Alexis and Caroline Simpson to bring along their grandparents to join in the ceremony, which was opened by five musicians playing Trumpet Voluntary.
Groups of students also helped to plant the tree at the other five schools some of which were attended by Rev Matthew Pollard.
Head teacher at Rastrick, Helen Lennie said: “We plant this tree to remind us of this day; and of the example of selfless service Her Majesty has given to the country over the last sixty years.”
A commemorative plaque has been placed at the foot of the tree in the grounds of the schools.
The schools are also displaying their creative talents in two competitions.
The ‘Face Rastrick’ art competition will culminate in an art exhibition at Rastrick High so that the portrait work of pupils from the five primary schools will be shown alongside that of older students at the A Level art exhibition on June 28.
Running alongside this will be a writing competition, which takes its theme of sport from this year’s other main event and is sponsored by the Bearder Trust.
The arts festival finishes with a gala concert, presented by all six schools on Tuesday, July 3, at 6pm attended by Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, John Hardy and wife Janet.