PUPILS at a senior school in Hampshire were delighted to see their flag design selected as one of the 200 artworks that will be printed onto silk flags as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

In addition, the work from Alton School pupils will be displayed in an online gallery and shown on digital screens up and down the country as part of the celebrations.

The 200 silk flags will be paraded along the Mall as a ‘River of Hope’ as the Platinum Pageant comes to a close outside Buckingham Palace.

They will be carried together to produce a river effect, flowing through the streets of central London.

The River of Hope is an arts-based learning project linking schools around the world through the study of rivers.

In 2022, River of Hope forms a central part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Primary and secondary school children were invited to create a picture of their hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years.

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 were given the opportunity to produce a piece of art to be entered for the Alton School collaborative piece.

Victoria Sanderson, curriculum group lead for creative arts, said: "Pupils created their own personal response to the theme associated with the symbol of the fish.

"We chose the symbol of the fish as our starting point because in many cultures it’s a metaphor for deep awareness. We wanted to use this idea to bring deep awareness for the need to promote clean river water for communities who rely on them for fresh drinking water.

"If a river is clean fish will live and thrive, it’s not too late to make a change, save communities one river at a time, one fish at a time.

"Many of our pupils also used this opportunity to respond to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, using the Union Jack to represent British values and our support for the wider global community."

Alton School are looking forward to parading their flag and celebrating the Jubilee with their own Jubilee lunch and Jubilee Fete during the week before half term.

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