YOUNGSTERS at Fleetwood’s Shakespeare Primary School have paid tribute to a former pupil as they voted in their head boy and girl.
Year 5 pupils from the school on Manor Road stage a Model Pupil Assembly every year in tribute to Max Palmer.
Max, who was 10, died in 2002 after drowning during a trip to the Lake District.
But the Manor Road school has kept his memory alive by asking pupils to vote for their model pupils of the year.
Will Gair and Beth Lewis were named as Shakespeare’s model pupils for 2011. Head teacher Susan Bartlett said: “We are delighted to be able to remember Max with this annual award.
“His dad and grandparents attended this year and we sat in the memorial garden we have dedicated to him at school.
“It is nice to sit and think of him, as it is like a little part of him is still here.
“All the children vote for their model pupils, nominees who are well behaved, real doers and who make the most of opportunities presented to them.
Max was a lovely boy who took part in all sorts of things, he loved sport, especially football and had a real lust for life.”
Meanwhile, the school’s winners of young photography and writing competitions were Year 3 pupil Connor Holloway (photography) and Jessica Twiss and Thomas Slater (joint winners in writing) from Year 6.
Connor’s prize was a photographer’s masterclass lesson with Fleetwood photographer Robert Stead, while the young writers were awarded certificates and prizes of £15 Asda vouchers.
Presenting the prizes were Fleetwood Rotarians Richard Newson and Shaun MacNeill.