Channing schoolgirls go down to the woods for a teddy bears’ picnic with grandparents

Pictured are Yearr 1 pupils with grandmas Helen Poulton (left), headmistress Barbara Elliott (centre

Pictured are Yearr 1 pupils with grandmas Helen Poulton (left), headmistress Barbara Elliott (centre) and former Channing pupil and current development board member, Jane Simpson. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Rain stopped Highgate schoolchildren from going down to the woods for a teddy bears’ picnic this week but the pupils, their grandparents and their favourite cuddly toys still enjoyed a feast of homemade treats.

Pictured are Yearr 1 pupils with grandmas Helen Poulton (left), headmistress Barbara Elliott (centre

Pictured are Yearr 1 pupils with grandmas Helen Poulton (left), headmistress Barbara Elliott (centre) and former Channing pupil and current development board member, Jane Simpson. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Five and six-year-olds from all-girls Channing Junior School, in The Bank, and their grandparents brought along their favourite teddies to enjoy cakes made by the young pupils at a picnic on Thursday.

Pictured are Yearr 1 pupils with grandmas Helen Poulton (left), headmistress Barbara Elliott (centre

Pictured are Yearr 1 pupils with grandmas Helen Poulton (left), headmistress Barbara Elliott (centre) and former Channing pupil and current development board member, Jane Simpson. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

The youngsters then performed the classic children’s song The Teddy Bear’s Picnic as they sheltered from the damp inside the school hall.

One lucky schoolgirl won a giant cuddly rabbit in a raffle, with tickets raising £375 for the school’s Capital Challenge – a bid to raise £3million for new facilities.

By the end of the afternoon, the rain stopped just long enough for the pupils to show their grandparents around the school’s grounds.