The school recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary. During the centenary year, we held a number of events which linked in to our celebrations and the governors funded a lovely clock to commemorate this special milestone.
We began the year with a whole school creative writing week. We unearthed a time capsule which contained artifacts from 100 years ago. The children based their writing around memorabilia they discovered in the capsule, using their imagination to produce some fantastic work.
We held an Edwardian Day when children and staff dressed in Edwardian costume and experienced school life as it would have been 100 years ago. The kitchen staff prepared lunch to complement the era and teachers conducted classes in true Edwardian style!
Reaching the 100 year anniversary was such an important milestone we felt it had to be celebrated involving the whole community. We started a project to research the school and its history over the past 100 years. We held an open day for anyone with a past connection to the school eg: past pupils, staff, church members and neighbours, to come along and visit us. We asked them to bring their memories and any items of interest (old photos and artefacts etc) relating to the school to share with us. The afternoon was very successful and we gathered a lot of information. We used that information to create an e-book about St Stephen's.
On a very hot Saturday afternoon in July, we opened the school to the whole community for an Edwardian Afternoon Tea to celebrate 100 years of St Stephen's School.
A brass band opened the afternoon......
Morris dancers entertained us......
and traditional Punch and Judy showed us 'that's the way to do it!!'
We released 100 balloons and Afternoon Tea was served in the school hall. Our e-book, showcasing our research into the school and its history, was able to be viewed on our bank of iPads and netbooks.