Jessie Younghusband has celebrated its 50th birthday!
Jessie Younghusband School proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.
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 was chosen as the date to celebrate this memorable occasion. The pupils spent the first week of term on classroom activities related to the past, present and future of their school. They researched the school's history and followed its development over the years to the present day, thinking about how school life had changed during this time and what new experiences there might be in the future.
There was 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 were invited into school between 3.15 pm and 4.00 pm to share their children's work and enjoy the classroom displays.
The school also opened its doors in the evening, between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm, to past pupils and local residents so that they could 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 was really looking forward to finding out more about the history of Jessie Younghusband School. This was 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. We are pleased that anyone with an interest in or connection to JYS came along to help us to commemorate this exciting landmark in the school's history.”
Jessie Younghusband School would still 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.
These can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. or through the school's Twitter feed: @weAREjys (where you can find out more up to date information about the school).