NORTHERN Junior School has seen more than 3,000 pupils walk through its doors in the 50 years it has been open.
And to celebrate its birthday, the Portchester school has opened a new pond in the grounds.
Former headteacher Dorothy Fane, who retired in January, was welcomed back into the school to officially open the new ‘Golden Jubilee’ pond.
She said: ‘To come back makes me feel tremendously proud of the school and the work that has been achieved here.
‘To be involved and welcomed into the school grounds gives me great pleasure as well.
‘I’m amazed at how established it looks. It’s only been here a few months.
‘It’s just how we imagined it to be. The location of it is perfect.
‘It’s not until it’s in place that you see it’s been a successful project and will offer tremendous learning opportunities for the children and give great pleasure to them as well.’
To mark the occasion, a special assembly was held outside in the sunshine, and children read entries from the school’s original logbook which was started on September 11, 1962.
The children then all sang Happy Birthday to the school.
The pond will also be used for educational purposes for science and also to inspire literacy and creativity.
Heather Scott, who has been involved in gardening clubs at the school and has helped win In Bloom awards, was also heavily involved in the project.
David Tatnall, acting head of the school, added: ‘This is a really important part of our learning environment. It’s really exciting.
‘We found the logbook in the loft about six months ago and it’s been fascinating to look back over the different headteachers.
‘It makes the children realise the impact of what’s happened in the past.
‘It was a fantastic morning, just what we wanted.
‘The children have done really well.
‘It’s a fantastic site for the pond.
‘It’s a beautiful view over Portchester.’