Thursday, 21 September 2017

Children celebrate primary school’s 60th anniversary

PUPILS, staff, governors and parents celebrated RAF Benson Primary School’s 60th anniversary with a jubilee-themed party.

PUPILS, staff, governors and parents celebrated RAF Benson Primary School’s 60th anniversary with a jubilee-themed party.

Children in each year group dressed from different decades and gave tours of their classroom to visitors. Old school log books and photographs were laid out on tables in the hall alongside a birthday tea. Headteacher Steph Fawdry said: “We wanted to commemorate 60 years by doing something the children will remember for the rest of their lives.

“The dressing up made it easier to focus the children and they have looked at the different cultures, fashions and pop music. Hopefully, people who looked round the school will feel like they walked through time.” Among the visitors was John Johnson, who was deputy head of the school from 1973 to 2000.

He said: “It is a nice school and over the years we have had a lot of fun here. The kids have always been very committed to the school. I think there is something special about the RAF, which is a community in itself, and that is reflected in the school.” Wing commander Vicky Gosling, who was representing the base, said: “This celebration has been an opportunity for parents and the local community to come and have a look at the school, which has been going from strength to strength.”

The school used to be where its car park now stands but was destroyed in a fire in 1991 and then re-built.

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