Friday, 12 August 2022

Centenary celebrated with song and dance

A SERIES of celebrations were held to mark the centenary of Sonning Common Primary School.

A SERIES of celebrations were held to mark the centenary of Sonning Common Primary School.

A disco, summer dance and a festival were held at the school involving past and present pupils.

The events raised about £700 for the school.

About 400 children attended the disco on June 17 in a marquee erected in the school field, which was decorated with bunting and paper birds designed by pupils.

The following night there was a summer dance, hog roast and buffet featuring live music for parents, teachers and friends of the school.

A festival was also held on June 19 featuring live music from Sonning Common school choir, Sam Brown’s International Ukulele Club and performances from pupils, including Lally Williams.

Hema Williams, one of five parents who helped to organise the events, said the events had brought the whole community together.

“The whole purpose of this weekend was to make it accessible for everyone that had been to the school before, are currently at the school or had any association,” she said.

“There was something for everyone. The children don’t usually have a disco together but the whole school was in that marquee for it.

“It was cohesive and everyone got on really well. At the summer dance the dancefloor was always full and we hardly saw anyone sitting down.”

Mrs Williams said there was a wide range of abilities performing at the festival, from youngsters up to elderly people.

She said: “There was some fantastic singing and guitar playing as well as children who were probably doing their grade one having the opportunity to get on stage. There was an amazing community spirit. We all worked really hard but enjoyed ourselves and it was a great thing to organise. It wasn’t a fund-raising event so the amount we raised was down to the amount of people who supported all three events.”

The other parents involved in organising the events were Christine Atkinson, Sarah Sayer, Caroline Gudge and Jess Sarson.

The school’s parent-teacher association ran the disco as well as the bar at the festival, while parent Paul Gudge was in charge of the music at that event.

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