Jessie Younghusband celebrates its 50th birthday
Jessie Younghusband School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Although the school accepted its first pupils in January 1962, it was officially opened on December 3rd 1965, so it's this date that has been commemorated in previous years with a 25th anniversary party in 1990 and a very successful reunion of past pupils for the 40th anniversary in 2005.
Friday September 11th has been chosen as the date to celebrate this memorable occasion. The pupils will spend the first week of term on classroom activities related to the past, present and future of their school. They will research the school's history and follow its development over the years to the present day, thinking about how school life has changed during this time and what new experiences there might be in the future.
There will be a 'special' commemorative event in the afternoon, followed by an open air tea party for the children on the school playing field. After this parents and relatives will be invited into school between 3.15 pm and 4.00 pm to share their children's work and enjoy the classroom displays.
The school will open its doors in the evening, between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm, to past pupils and local residents so that they can gain an insight into JYS history from a range of archive information on display including old school registers, whole class photographs and other school memorabilia.
Headteacher Mandy Sadler said, “As a new member of the school myself I am really looking forward to finding out more about the history of Jessie Younghusband School. This is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the school's strengths and past achievements as well as working with our current school community to look ahead to future success. We are all very proud of our school which is made very special by all the people who so willingly give their time and effort to enable the children to achieve the best they can. I hope that anyone with an interest in or connection to JYS will come along and help us to commemorate this exciting landmark in the school's history.”
Jessie Younghusband School would love to hear from any past pupils and staff about their recollections and memories of the school. They would especially welcome copies of any old photographs of the school in the 1960s and 1970s as they have very few from this era.
A unique email address has been set up so you can forward these to the school over the summer.
They would also be grateful if you could let them know if you hope to attend the evening session so that they can plan accordingly.
They would encourage former pupils to share details of the 50th celebrations with their friends on Facebook so as many people as possible can be reached! JYS has a newly created website www.jys.org.uk and their own twitter feed @weAREjys where you can find out more up to date information about the school.