Hartlepool school goes back to the ‘50s to celebrate its 60th birthday

Pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day
Pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day
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A SCHOOL turned back the clock to the 1950s to celebrate the anniversary of the day it was officially opened.

Rossmere Primary School, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, turned 60 years old yesterday after its opening on January 14, 1955.

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day

And to commemorate the occasion, the school was given a nostalgic make-over, with staff and pupils wearing 1950s-themed outfits such as tweed, head scarfs, boys in shorts, braces, and caps, and a number of rock n’ roll type fashion. The school caretaker was made over into Elvis, while other male members of staff dressed like Frank Sinatra.

The building itself was adorned with banners and old records and photographs, and was filled with a buzz of dance, singing, and games activities from back in the day.

The pupils even got to experience a 1950’s-style dinner which included food such as stew, mashed potatoes, and steamed puddings.

There was also a fashion show, 50’s films, and a birthday cake, along with a steady stream of visitors from parents through to former pupils who spoke to, and answered questions from, children currently at the school.

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day

Lynne Pawley, head of Rossmere Primary School, said: “We wanted to mark our 60th birthday celebrations with a 1950s themed event because it was 1955 when the school was officially opened.

“We have filled the hall with old log books, photographs and other memorabilia representing each decade, and there is a lot!

“We invited visitors into the school to see the albums and things and some former students have been in talking to the pupils and answering their questions. We had one man telling us how all the boys were in one class and the girls in another, and how there were separate playgrounds.

“The children have been fascinated with it all.”

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day

She added: “The children have absolutely loved it and it’s been so lovely to see how much they have got from it.”

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day

pupils at Rossmere Primary School celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school's opening in January 1955, with a 1950's themed day