As the dark draws in and many schools start the countdown to Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, one Leeds primary school is refusing to say farewell to summer... just yet.
When the 270 pupils arrived at Bramley Primary School yesterday, they were asked to wear clothes for the seaside and were greeted by donkeys, a sandy beach complete with buckets and spades and ice-cream instead of their usual morning snack.
The off-curriculum day of fun was arranged following 12 months of fundraising after staff baked buns and sold them each Tuesday.
Headteacher David Harrison also joined in the fun with shorts and sun hat
Mr Harison said: “It was a celebration of a really good year and of children working hard. It was a treat for everyone. We couldn’t take them to the seaside, so we brought the sea to Bramley.”
The four donkeys called Danny, Sonny, Tommy and Carl, travelled from Real Donkeys in Dewsbury, and gave rides in the playground. They usually walk on the Blackpool’s Golden Mile beach.
Tonnes of sand was delivered for the beach and youngsters enjoyed ice-cream as part of their special treat.
Learning mentor Helen Boothman said the whole school enjoyed the day.
She said: “Every Tuesday the staff make and sell buns for teh Parents Teacher Association and all the money we have raised is paying for our special day at the beach.
“Everyone is really excited by the event and it is a feelgood factor for pupils and staff. The donkeys have been a huge hit.”