Bildeston Primary School celebrates 50 years at Newberry Road school house

Former school governor, Robert England, joins Bildeston Primary School pupils, Sam Griffiths and El

Former school governor, Robert England, joins Bildeston Primary School pupils, Sam Griffiths and Ellesse Clarke, both aged 10, to plant a tree as part of the celebrations for the school's 50th anniversary. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

A Suffolk primary school are partying like it’s 1968 to celebrate half a century since their move to their current school building.

Members of the Upbeat Contemporary Choir take part in Bildeston Primary School's sing along with tun

Members of the Upbeat Contemporary Choir take part in Bildeston Primary School's sing along with tunes from the 60s for the school's 50th anniversary. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Teachers and pupils of Bildeston Primary School moved into a brand news school house 50 years ago and to celebrate the anniversary, the school opened it’s doors to the public and alumni to have a look around.

Tours were presented by students who enthusiastically showed round former pupils and villagers alike, telling them tales of the school halls.

Lynn Golding, Head teacher at Bildeston Primary School, said: “It’s 50 years since the school moved here so we had an open day where people could come and have a look around so we had villagers and ex-pupils in and they have had tours our children.

“We also had a party in the afternoon with people who have had a good relationship with the school.

Bildeston Primary School children enjoy the sing along with tunes from the 60s as part of the celebr

Bildeston Primary School children enjoy the sing along with tunes from the 60s as part of the celebrations for the school's 50th anniversary. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018


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“We had a teacher and a pupil who were actually here when the school opened 50 years ago as well. They carried boxes into the building all that time ago.

“We had a choir who know the school and we had a sing song together.”

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As part of the celebration, the children planted a tree in the gardens of the school and buried a time capsule that contained a range of items from our time.

It is the third capsule that has been buried at the school in recent times. The children chose items to go into a metal pod with the intension of reminding or educating whoever digs it up in the future of the time they are living in.

The Cracknell and Squirrell families join together ready to bury Bildeston Primary School's time cap

The Cracknell and Squirrell families join together ready to bury Bildeston Primary School's time capsule as part of the celebrations for the school's 50th anniversary. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

There were bits of school information in the capsule including a recent newsletter and a menu, as well as pictures of current mobile phones, cars and even a fidget spinner.

Children also elected to include toothpaste, a packet of their favourite sweets and some of their favourite toys.

Miss Golding continued: “The children have really enjoyed today. They love having visitors around. They are very proud of the school and the really enjoyed showing everyone around.

“It’s a great event for them and for all the staff.”

Two former Bildeston Primary School full time, part time, supply and maternity cover teachers, Gwen

Two former Bildeston Primary School full time, part time, supply and maternity cover teachers, Gwen Archer, left, for 10 to 15 years, and Alison Russell, for about 40 years, chat over a cuppa at the school's 50th anniversary celebrations. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Bildeston Primary School children enjoy the sing along with tunes from the 60s as part of the celebr

Bildeston Primary School children enjoy the sing along with tunes from the 60s as part of the celebrations for the school's 50th anniversary. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Bildeston Primary School head, Lynne Golding, and governor Alan Jacobs, chat over a cuppa at the sch

Bildeston Primary School head, Lynne Golding, and governor Alan Jacobs, chat over a cuppa at the school's 50th anniversary celebrations. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Members of the Upbeat Contemporary Choir take part in Bildeston Primary School's sing along with tun

Members of the Upbeat Contemporary Choir take part in Bildeston Primary School's sing along with tunes from the 60s for the school's 50th anniversary. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Guests to Bildeston Primary School enjoy the sing along with tunes from the 60s as part of the celeb

Guests to Bildeston Primary School enjoy the sing along with tunes from the 60s as part of the celebrations for the school's 50th anniversary. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

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