Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Thurston: Calling all former pupils of Ixworth, Beyton and Blackbourne Middle Schools - share your school memories

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 July 2014

Beyton Middle School production of  Pinocchio  in April  1983

Beyton Middle School production of Pinocchio in April 1983

Three middle schools in the Thurston area which are closing at the end of the summer term are marking the end of an era with a host of events.

Ixworth Middle School, Blackbourne Middle School in Stanton and Beyton Middle School will soon be shutting their doors to pupils for the final time.

They are closing as part of the educational restructure which has seen a move from three-tier to two-tier schooling.

Pupils and staff at Ixworth Middle – which opened in 1957 – are celebrating the past and present successes of their school by presenting a “dynamic and imaginative” version of the Wizard of Oz, which they performed yesterday and is also on today.

Jacqueline Rozier, deputy headteacher and director of the show, said: “This is our way of showing just what we have always been about: achieving excellence through nurturing talent.”

Headteacher Glenice Francis said pupils were positive about moving on to their new schools, but from the staff perspective there would be an element of sadness.

“We have been such a great team here for a very long time,” she said.

At Blackbourne Middle – which opened in 1975 – there will be a final celebration on July 19 from noon to 3pm on the school field for all students, staff and parents past and present, including a bouncy castle, stalls and beer tent.

And at Beyton Middle there will be a special event – yet to be revealed to pupils – on the last day of term, July 22, and a range of activities are taking place to give students the chance to say goodbye.

Are you a former pupil or staff member of one of the three middle schools? We’d like you to send us your memories and any old pictures of the schools. You can also email mariam.ghaemi@archant.co.uk or call 01284 727410.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The Parachute Regiment Big Band will drop by this year’s Ipswich School Festival of Music.

A “callous” con artist who stole the life savings of a woman with learning difficulties has been ordered to repay more than £92,000.

From tudor celebrations and country shows to classic vehicles and live music, there’s lots to enjoy in Suffolk over the May Day weekend.

From long spells of warm sunshine to late April showers, Suffolk and Essex residents can expect changeable weather over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Two burglars were stopped in their tracks when they were caught by the homeowner who chased them out of the property.

A Chrysler PT Cruiser crashed into the Thai Pavilion Restaurant in Friars Street, Sudbury, today (April 28).

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection with a crash between two lorries and a car today.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24