CHILDREN waved their Union Jacks when the Countess of Wessex came to their school.
The countess went to Wittering Primary School, where three quarters of its 256 pupils are the children of servicemen and women after visiting RAF Wittering.
The countess was welcomed by headteacher Rhys Thrower and chairman of governors Steven Cartwright. She was presented with a posy of flowers by Laura Spears, 11, and signed the visitor book, guided by Thomas Purchase, 11.
The children were chosen because they are joint chair of the school council.
“I was very nervous but excited,” said Laura. “She asked me if it was my last year and which secondary school I was going to.”
The countess visited several areas of the school including the children’s centre, the hall, in which the school’s brass orchestra played for her a very well-rehearsed version of The Grand Old Duke Of York, several classrooms including reception, an outdoor activity area and a sensory area for children with special needs. She spent most of her hour at the school chatting to the children, who were involved in a variety of activities including jubilee-related work, Olympic-themed games, PE with the RAF outreach team and even a puppet show.
Her final port of call was Wittering Community Centre where she saw the facilities on offer and met various youth organisations and community groups, volunteers and welfare personnel.