Thursday, 21 September 2017

Primary school celebrates 160th anniversary

A DOUBLE celebration was held in Stoke Row to mark two anniversaries.

A DOUBLE celebration was held in Stoke Row to mark two anniversaries.

May 24 was 149 years to the day that the Maharjah?s Well was opened and staff at Stoke Row School decided to celebrate the primary?s 160th anniversary on the same day.

Pupils wore Victorian-style clothes for the day and attended a special service at the village church.

Assistant headteacher Charlotte Harris said: ?The oldest children at the school shared their learning about the history of the village and the well. We also had prayers led by the children and local historian Angela Spencer-Harper talked to us about the well. We sang some songs and thanked God for the school and the well.

?After that we came back into school and had some country dancing. The older children wrote some poems about the school and how it would have been in Victorian times, which they shared with us.?

Pupils enjoyed a picnic in their classrooms following the day?s events.The Cherry Tree pub donated ice creams.

Residents were invited along to be thanked for their help in raising £60,000 for the school in the last year. The money will go towards a new building and it is hoped that the amount will be match-funded next year by the Oxford Diocese.

Mrs Harris said: ?We also released some big balloons spelling out ?Stoke Row 160? as a symbol of the day.A lot of effort went into the whole thing and everyone really enjoyed it.?

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