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Watton school pupils take part in preparations for RAF’s centenary year celebrations

PUBLISHED: 14:16 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 16 November 2017

Pupils from Wayland Junior Academy with their Tornado jet designed by them to celebrate 100 years of the RAF next year. Picture: TEN Group

Pupils from Wayland Junior Academy with their Tornado jet designed by them to celebrate 100 years of the RAF next year. Picture: TEN Group

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Pupils at a Watton school have contributed to preparations for the centenary celebration of the Royal Air Force.

A model of a Tornado jet has been decorated with more than 300 individually-coloured versions of the Wayland Junior Academy, which is the letter W. Some pupils incorporated words and phrases to reflect the values of the school community and their appreciation for the RAF.

The jet design will go on display in the town from March until September next year as part of the RAF Centenary Project.

Pupil Carter Chapman, 10, said: “I thought it was good because we are doing something for the 100-year anniversary of the RAF and it was great that each and everyone of our school had a part in it.

“The 100-year anniversary is a long time; I was surprised it was that long ago that it started.”

“It is great that the whole-school got to be part of something so important not just a small group,” said 10-year-old Faith Bell. “I enjoyed helping stick all the letters on to the model. I even gave up some of my lunchtime to do it.”

Led by 42F Squadron King’s Lynn Air Training Corps and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund the scheme will see 40 schools and air cadet squadrons across Norfolk decorate their own model aircraft.

The school has been partnered with RAF Bodney, just west of Watton, which served as a base for both the RAF and United States Army Air Force during the Second World War.

Nicola Kaye, junior academy principal, said: “This project has provided a creative and engaging way for our pupils to learn more about an important period in history and the role played by Bodney and other RAF bases throughout Norfolk.

“We are looking forward to taking part in further educational activities linked to the RAF Centenary and everyone at the school is eagerly anticipating our Tornado going on display in Watton in the Spring.”

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