School marks century

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A HARTLEPOOL school has marked its centenary with a packed week of fun activities for past and current pupils and staff.

St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, in Stratford Road, doesn’t reach the landmark until August 16 but staff held a week-long series of events before the children broke up for their summer holidays.

The school arranged a trip to Beamish Museum, a coffee morning for former staff members and pupils to attend, a mass to celebrate the school’s 100th birthday, fun demonstrations for the children plus a balloon release and party on the school field.

Delighted staff have described the week as a “fantastic” way to celebrate the school’s birthday.

Headteacher Joanne Wilson said: “We enjoyed a wonderful week of celebrations to mark the 100-year anniversary of the school.

“It began on the Monday with the children enjoying a trip to Beamish where they all got dressed up in clothes from the time.

“On the Tuesday we invited past pupils and staff in to school for a coffee morning and afternoon and the children sang songs from over the decades. We had about 250 visitors to the school over the course of the day, which was fantastic.

“We held a mass in St Cuthbert’s Church the following day, which saw all the headteachers of the Catholic schools in Hartlepool attend along with previous staff members.

“Then on Thursday we had Bedes World from Jarrow come into school and give demonstrations to the children including basket weaving and clay pot making.”

To cap the week off the school held a party on the field, including letting off 100 balloons, with a magician and Punch & Judy helping to entertain the children.

Cakes by Nemo also provided a large cake with 100 on, so every child got a piece of cake to enjoy as well.

The school building itself is 100 years old and the only new parts added on in recent years is the nursery and some of the administration offices.

When the school first opened the girls used to be taught downstairs, the boys upstairs and the roof area was the boy’s gym with a wall down the middle of the playground to separate the boys and girls.

Now though of course, everyone is taught together and staff say they were delighted with how the week went.

Ahead of the celebrations, the school had also appealed for people to send in their past photos to help form a display, while the children also studied a decade per class as part of the centenary celebrations.




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