Monday, 18 June 2018

School celebrate’s 90th birthday

A SCHOOL in Henley held two celebrations in a day to mark its 90th anniversary.

A SCHOOL in Henley held two celebrations in a day to mark its 90th anniversary.

About 100 former staff, students and parents attended a party at St Mary’s School in St Andrew’s Road on Thursday evening last week.

Earlier, the current pupils and parents had cake and squash at a separate celebration and the children performed dances from down the decades.

The independent school was opened in 1926 by Margaret E Bailey, daughter of a church organist and choirmaster.

Lessons took place at Miss Bailey’s parents’ home in Bell Street before moving to the current location when pupil numbers increased.

She remained proprietor and principal for more than 40 years until her retirement in 1967. Rob Harmer, the current headteacher and the school’s fifth, said: “It is wonderful that in the 90-year history of the school it has had just five headteachers as it is a testament to the type of school it is.

“The guests were looking at the timeline that was created by the children on the history of the school.

“It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces old and new. It was a fantastic evening.”

Among those present at the party was Pamela Beggin, a former headteacher who lives in Thames Side, Henley. She and Mr Harmer gave speeches.

The headteacher said: “I made a speech welcoming all our past pupils and gave them a little on the history of the school.

“Pam gave a few stories about her time here, which was really nice.”

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