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Can you spot your kids at Ranelagh Primary School’s Victorian Day in Ipswich?

PUBLISHED: 16:40 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 01 December 2017

Ranelagh County Primary School children tip their caps. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

Ranelagh County Primary School children tip their caps. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

An Ipswich Primary School took a step back in time to its history on Friday, hosting a Victorian-themed day.

Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

Ranelagh Primary School in Paul’s Road, Ipswich, is celebrating its 110th year as a school this year, and in honour of its roots as an establishment formed shortly after the reign of Queen Victoria ended, opted to hold the special day.

Staff and youngsters across the school dressed in period-style clothes complete with waistcoats, hats and petticoats, while the day was run to a Victorian timetable and historic style lessons.

The children get dressed up in authentic Victorian cloths. Pictured: GREGG BROWN The children get dressed up in authentic Victorian cloths. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

Diane Ekins, headteacher at the school said: “The Key Stage Two children have been studying Victorians, and this year is the 110th year here which is fabulous.

Ranelagh Primary School headteacher Miss Ekins is retiring from Christmas after 12 years at the helm. Pictured: GREGG BROWN Ranelagh Primary School headteacher Miss Ekins is retiring from Christmas after 12 years at the helm. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

“The children are here today wanting to learn, and because we have been building up to this it makes it really special.

Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

“It tells children how they were in those days, and what we are doing today really shows that.”

Teacher and student celebrating their 100 plus year history. Pictured: GREGG BROWN Teacher and student celebrating their 100 plus year history. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

The youngsters kicked off the day with a march to assembly, before taking part in a prayer, hymn and song.

Victorian day at Ranelagh County Primary School. Pictured: GREGG BROWN Victorian day at Ranelagh County Primary School. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

A Victorian-style drill followed, before the year groups rotated around Victorian style lessons.

Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

The children were made to sit in rows and take part in singing lessons, study of objects and nature, dictation, maths and geography.

Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN Ranelagh County Primary School are celebrating their 100 plus year history, staff and youngsters are all dressing in Victorian dress. Pictured: GREGG BROWN

In the afternoon artefacts from the school’s history were displayed, while pupils reflected on the day with entries in their diary comparing the similarities and differences to their usual day at school.

Vintage games such as marbles, cup and ball, jacks and skittles rounded out the afternoon, where parents joined the children in the fun.

A 91-year-old former pupil also came in with artefacts in the afternoon to show off to the children.

Miss Ekins, who is moving on from her headteacher role after 12 years at the end of the term, added: “They like dressing up, and we celebrate lots of different festivals – we like to have fun.

“This community are so supportive of the school, and an event like this is a celebration of the community.

“It also sits my time in context – that Ranelagh is bigger than any one person.

“I inherited a school with good values and people and that’s something very special.”

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