The eleven new pupils starting in Reception at Chapel Haddlesey received an extra special gift from the school this week.
Helga Lovewell, who used to be a Teaching Assistant at the school, started the tradition 3 years ago when she made ‘Schultüten’, German school cones, filled with presents and stationery to mark the beginning of the new starter’s first term at school. Mrs Lovewell’s mother was born in Germany in 1921 and she made a cone for Helga and her sisters as they started school. Helga also prepared cones for her children Emmy and Joe.
Dating back 200 years, the tradition of the Schultüte or “school cone” is one of the most celebrated and long-standing traditions in Germany. At the beginning of every school year, children all over Germany set off with their large and shiny Schultüten, also called school cones or sugar cones by many. These large, colorful school cones, purchased or home-made, sweeten the child’s first day of school as they come filled with little gifts, school supplies and sweets.
The photo shows the children excited to receive their gift.