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Gallery: Pupils and teachers celebrate 60th birthday of Castle Hill Infant School in Ipswich

16:00 22 July 2014

Castle Hill Infant School is celebrating its 60th birthday today. Pupils and teachers are dressed up in 1950s uniform.

Castle Hill Infant School is celebrating its 60th birthday today. Pupils and teachers are dressed up in 1950s uniform.

Pupils and teachers marked the 60th birthday of their school in Ipswich by holding a 1950s party.

Students and members of staff at Castle Hill Infant School, in Dryden Road, had fun dressing up in 1950s attire and learning about the culture of that decade during the commemorative celebration yesterday afternoon.

And to mark the occasion, they formed a giant 60 on the school field.

Headteacher Eileen Allpress described the day as both “information and fun” for the youngsters.

She said: “Castle Hill Infant School opened in 1954 and for our 60th celebration the children have been finding out about the culture of that time.

“They have listened to the music of the 1950s and found out about the clothes of the time.”

She added: “They have learned about the education and classroom experience of the Castle Hill of 1954.

“The children have really made an effort to dress in the style of the time. It was a great celebratory day for both staff and children.”

4 comments

  • John Cook, there was a lad my age at school called Mark Cook, he lived up near Milgros (Homer Close area). Mr Shiner was my headmaster when I went to the Juniors, he was a dab hand with a ruler! I deserved it.

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    richie w

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • I started my school life at Castle Hill, as a first intake, but as I was born in 1946 the school must have opened before 1954 or I would have been eight. Teachers I remember were Mr. Papworth, Miss Pearce and the head master Mr. Shiner. The school had open fields at the back, as the 'Crofts' had not been built, and we were able to watch sugar beat being hand harvested. One of our first school outings was by bus to the Gaumont cinema now the Regent to watch the coronation in full technicolor. Ex pupil John Cook.

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    Cookie

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • I too was a little Castle Hill Infant, I attended here between 1971 then on to Juniors until Westbourne in 1978. I remember so much of this place still. When it was your birthday you received an I am 6 badge or whatever your birthday be. We used to have our daily bottle of milk with a straw (I believe this was a third of a pint) till Mrs Thatcher put an end to that! Among the names of teachers I had in the Infants was Mrs Massey, my first ever proper teacher, there was Miss Widowson too she sticks in my mind. Another thing that sticks in my mind from here (quite literally) was one day whilst being cheeky children we were playing kiss chase and one young girl tripped and sunk her teeth right into my head, boy did I sob. I have many great memories from those days, Happy Birthday Castle Hill heres to 60 more. Ex pupil Richard Wisbey.

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    richie w

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • I too was a little Castle Hill Infant, I attended here between 1971 then on to Juniors until Westbourne in 1978. I remember so much of this place still. When it was your birthday you received an I am 6 badge or whatever your birthday be. We used to have our daily bottle of milk with a straw (I believe this was a third of a pint) till Mrs Thatcher put an end to that! Among the names of teachers I had in the Infants was Mrs Massey, my first ever proper teacher, there was Miss Widowson too she sticks in my mind. Another thing that sticks in my mind from here (quite literally) was one day whilst being cheeky children we were playing kiss chase and one young girl tripped and sunk her teeth right into my head, boy did I sob. I have many great memories from those days, Happy Birthday Castle Hill heres to 60 more. Ex pupil Richard Wisbey.

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    richie w

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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