A SCHOOL is preparing for a host of celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary.
Our Lady of the Rosary School, in Peterlee, reaches the milestone on April 30 and the school is appealing for people to come forward with school-associated memorabilia and memories.
The school was established in 1962, 14 years after the new town of Peterlee was founded.
It was originally separate infant and junior schools but amalgamated under one headteacher in 1983.
A series of events are planned for the week of the anniversary, including a balloon release and a disco.
Sarah Henery, a nursery teacher at the school, is on a specially-formed committee tasked with organising the events and is appealing for any items associated with the school.
These could include old uniforms and photographs and she also wants former pupils, staff and parents to write letters containing their school memories.
Mrs Henery, who has been at the school for four years, said: “I think the nice thing about our school is being part of the Catholic community.
“We have very close links with the church, which is right next door.
“We are now seeing third generations of families coming to school.
“It has particularly been nice looking at old photographs that have already been sent in and chances are you know someone in one of them.”
She said the longest serving staff member is thought to be teaching assistant and librarian Dorothy Sutherland, who has 35 years under her belt.
Former Our Lady of the Rosary pupils who work at the school include Year 6 teacher Andrew Bainbridge, nursery nurse Hollie Monaghan and teaching assistants Amy Sharpe and Teresa Hewitt.
Mrs Henery added: “There is a real buzz about the school, with the working party set up and all the classes planning activities for that week.”
Commemorative events include a special mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 9.30am on April 30, and assemblies on May 2 and May 4, followed by open mornings when the public can view the memorabilia displays.
Anyone with memorabilia can call into the school, call (0191) 5862264 or write their letters to Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, Westway, Peterlee, SR8 1DE.